One issue that has plagued collectors forever is missing out on that one model. Waiting too long and finding out there are no more available, and having to pay a premium on the secondary market to get one. Well, at times manufacturers do dip into their bag of goodies. And one manufacturer that has many gems from what we consider glory days of collecting is making this somewhat of trend of late. This is great for many reasons, one of which allows you to finally get that special piece into your collection.
The brand is Kyosho, and their latest re-production is the 1:18 Lamborghini Miura SVR. We as many others would agree, the Lamborghini Miura is one of the sexiest cars ever developed; within the top three of all-time for sure! This example is still crafted in good old diecast metal. This should appeal to some that do not collection resin or composite based.
The packaging has changed from their initial release but has the model? It now ships in a simple Black box with internal styrofoam shell. Please read on…
Our example is finished in exterior Red/Black with most of the Black elements relegated to the lower bodywork and rear window area. As for the painting technique good marks to Kyosho here, colour is consistent, deep and rich throughout. The coolness factor is amplified with the SVR’s exterior rivet work, which is visible throughout the various exterior elements. Delightful to see Kyosho maintained this level of detail.
As for shutlines and panel gaps, the model does show its age here, it appears as Kyosho hasn’t improved on the moulds. No bun intended, but there is a slight gap in the level of perfection found in most replicas of the day. That being said, the model here still performs admirably well in this department.
Starting with the front fascia the integrated headlights do take centre stage. Craftsmanship is sharp and defined, along with the 3D Lamborghini logo in the centre of the hood. Lower lighting parts also afford quality materials and perforated grille is present too.
The Lamborghini Miura SVR is a full 360 access reproduction, and this example from Kyosho goes a little bit further more on this below. In full open exhibition mode, the model is transformer like. If it doesn’t render you with a grin of satisfaction, we don’t know what will LOL.
The forward sweeping hood provides a wealth of detail inside. The car’s multiple horns, fuel box, suspension and various other components are carefully defined. Even the filler cap that protrudes through the hood is accessible. Also, the two cooling ducts are on top are vented to the outside, however side cooling vents are not.
Moving to the rear section you’ll first notice the top wing. This example has the small side fins painted to match the car’s exterior. In past examples, some were released in Black. Mounting details are shown too. Note, back in the heyday this model was also produced with the rear wing deleted. Our hope is Kyosho has a few colours for a re-production release in the works here too.
The rear hood is accessible with a backward sweeping motion. Before we go inside, we need to note the small storage area integrated into the hood. As per the original release, access is whatever challenging but with a little determination, you’ll get you inside. What is presented is executed in plastic, with no flocking available.
Back to the motor, the level detail still astounds even with today’s standards or lack of… The 12 carburetors are a symphony for the senses, and the related backup hardware is on par too. Without hesitation, this is one of the coolest motors we experienced in scale ever.
There is even more eye candy from the underside of the model. This includes the rear and front sections. Exceptional detail, definitely worth the price of admission. On the flip side, we did notice the absence of a small reservoir. The last frame structural bar (Black), in the centre, is missing a small vessel that is found on the older release.
Stance on the Lamborghini Miura SVR is uber cool and the related wheel and tires are stunningly executed too with the exception of one. The driver’s side is awkwardly attached to a slight angle. Hinting again to quality control absence at the factory.
The meat on the rear shoes are mouth-watering and the tires tucked underneath the fender is on point in our books. There is no tire script, however, Kyosho does provide a little more in the wheel department, note the small air valve stem at all four corners. Additionally, the Miura SVR comes fully equipped with an active suspension. Pretty cool!
The interior is well-appointed and definitely on par with specimens of the past. The theme here is all Black, the only hint of colour is found within the seat-belt racing harness and a few chrome bits throughout the interior. Overall, our team is satisfied with the results. If there was one criticism it would be the material used to execute the seat-belt harness, somewhat thin to the look.
Maybe we’re somewhat biased but we absolutely adore the Kyosho Lamborghini Miura SVR. We’re excited by it now as well as we were then. The model does provide the level of realism we believe collectors gravitate too. Plus, sticks with tried and proven methods of an all diecast metal exterior. Mated to the full 360 access the Lamborghini Miura SVR does provide an impactful showpiece in open or closed form.
Is the model perfect, no. We did denote a few minor problems with the model as a whole. Quality control is a lot better but not yet 100% based on the wheel aligned. Hopefully, Kyosho will continue to engage its factories here. In the end, there isn’t anything like this available on the market today. If you missed out on the last batch, we highly suggested you place the Lamborghini Miura SVR on your shopping list soon. Enjoy the pics!