There is one car I’ve seen over the years created in scale by many brands, each proving their brush stroke in scale, and this model is the Ferrari 250 GTO. The most recent being the beautiful but controversial 1:18 scale replica from Classic Model Cars (CMC). Their level of detail was off the charts, but the overall exterior design left some disappointed. Many championed behind the classic version from Kyosho. Some still say it’s the must-have rendition.
I’m happy to report that in the new year our friends at Kyosho will bring forward a new limited edition “Hi-End” model of the Ferrari 250 GTO. Before you say we’ve seen it all before, no, this is not the same model released a few years ago. What we have here is a new and improved version of a Kyosho classic, I call it 250 GTO v2.0. Two colours, Red and Black, are scheduled for release in late January 2017 (North American release date: February/March), each limited to only 504 pieces. Kyosho’s suggested retail is $245US or roughly just over $300CND a piece.
At first glance one would view the exterior packaging/box and guess what changed? Well the proof is in the pudding, in this case the models themselves. From the exterior view, the Red and Black are identical for the most part. The only differences I see between the two are the frontal intakes; on the Red the three intakes are open and the Black features the same in the closed position. There is no option to open or close each independently as found on the CMC model.
Exterior paint is beautiful on both specimens and the photos will highlight this in detail. Shut-lines and panel gaps are very respectable; remember folks, we’re talking a full diecast metal model with opening parts, no resin here!
The exterior of the 250 GTO is timeless, and some consider her the best of the best in terms of all-time designs. Kyosho’s rendition, in my opinion, has the mass sex appeal that is lacking in the CMC creation. The body lines are fantastic, stance is perfect, the overall execution is clean throughout.
The front section of the 250 GTO is executed beautifully in both samples. Some of the new features include 3D Ferrari emblem versus flat sticker from the past. Also, Kyosho moved away from bulky PVC strap to a more traditional leather-like strap with an improved hook design. Headlights, side indicators, running lights are all crafted using quality materials.
The rear end of the 250 GTO mirrors the front. Execution is excellent along with materials. Opening gas-cap isn’t new but a nice feature to see. What is improved in the latest version is the move to a more traditional leather-like strap for the spare tire. If you compare the old strapping with the new, there is a noticeable difference, the newer is definitely more authentic to the period.
The engine of the 250 GTO is a work of art from Kyosho. The detail is plentiful and the operation of the hood is flawless. There are additional elements in the latest version, such as added piping detail, a water tank and more. The entire package works well. The combination of layered detail, textures, and colours will surely suffice for even the most distinguished collector (Wes that means you). Again, the photos will speak volumes here.
The undercarriage detail is plentiful too. Exhausts snake along the sides, culminating in straight pipes at the back, capturing the essence of Ferrari of that era.
The wheels are the standard Kyosho issue, no improvement over its predecessors. Overall execution is lovely, the multi-spoke design is flawless. As I mentioned earlier, I’m in agreement with Kyosho’s chosen ride height too.
Inside, the Ferrari 250 GTO covers all the basic elements. Each area is crafted with care, and quality materials. I especially like the rivet detail in the doors, beautiful textured blue seats and minimalist approach to the leather-like diamond weave in the rear section. One area the interior improves on from its predecessor is the added detail to the lower dash workings. Nice touch!
As of late, there has been much distaste by collectors, myself included. Where have all the classic diecast models that built this great hobby gone? We know the answer, resin and sealed replicas. There is some light at the end of the tunnel, and what Kyosho presents is not entirely new but an excellent example of a timeless classic, an icon in automotive history, and one that is completely crafted in good old-fashioned diecast metal. It may not be the most detailed model available when comparing it to the likes of CMC, BUT it costs a fraction of the price. When you weigh all the positives found here, the conclusion is simple for me, Kyosho’s Ferrari 250 GTO without any hesitation is highly recommended!
Final thoughts… Stop the whining that there aren’t any good diecast replicas available. One is presented here for you. The sex appeal and the iconic status alone are enough reason to stop procrastinating and shifting that energy into finding a way to pre-order your Red or Black Kyosho Ferrari 250 GTO. I promise you they won’t last long. Enjoy the pics!