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REVIEW: Kyosho Lamborghini Miura Jota SVJ

The Lamborghini Miura is an icon in automotive history, a car considered by some to be the sexiest ever made.  Kyosho’s latest effort with the Lamborghini badge is the Miura Jota SVJ.  Based on past Kyosho efforts with the Lamborghini brand, one would assume we have another work of art, which is unfortunately not the case here.  The model lacks refinement and passion that previous releases gave us.  The Jota SVR, for example, may be Kyosho’s best effort to date, but for some reason the execution and passion behind the Miura Jota SVJ is nowhere as good…

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Exterior of the Miura Jota SVJ does capture the essence and beauty, but on closer inspection, the cracks do appear on the surface – not small ones either!  Panel gaps and shutlines are horrible on all fronts; friends, the photos don’t lie here.  The model feels cheap and lifeless; better quality control can be found on a $25 Maisto.  Some of the major flaws include the window to a-pillar, door to front hood and rear hood to upper cock-pit gaps, which are all extremely poor.  The rivet work throughout is poor at best, with the silver paint adhering to certain areas in inconsistent patches.

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I compared the model to an older Miura SV, and found a considerable weight difference.  It seems metal was replaced with plastic.  Now, I’m okay with that to an extent but at least have the plastic bits show the realism and definition.  Even the perforated grilles (whichever that were not replaced with poor decals) look cheap and out of place.  Come on, Kyosho, it’s 2014, get with the program or move away from the diecast hobby!  We deserve better than this…  The only saving grace here is the beauty of the Miura’s body lines, but that can only take you so far.

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The wheels are simple at best.  A lot of inconsistent rubber line through.  It seems a 5th grader put the specimen together.  Though there is depth behind the outer wheels, the materials used look cheap and unrefined.

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The engines on past Kyosho Miuras were a work of art. At first glance, the Miura Jota SVJ does seem to show some promise, but on further inspection the material and overall execution lack the brilliance of past efforts.  It looks too generic, and everything feels way too fragile.  The front section does have a lot of detail as did the older releases, but lacks the refinement we are accustomed to.

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The interior seems to capture all the elements of the 1:1, though carpeting is shoddy, and again, quality control raises its hand here too.  The chrome grab handle just to the left of the driver seat is missing in action.  The two holes are present in the lining though, LOL.

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What can I say without sounding too harsh?  The photos don’t lie here folks, as they say the proof is in the pudding…  The model is bad, very bad.  I don’t recommend it, especially at the $115-$125 price point this piece is selling for today.  Unless you’re a Lamborghini fanatic I would say a BIG pass here!  Kyosho has been suffering from many setbacks over the last few years.  I understand shit happens and I’m willing to forgive, BUT this has been a common theme lately and for too long.  Instead of striving for improvement, Kyosho seems to be taking a few steps back.  I’d be ashamed to release something like this to the market that bares the Kyosho stamp.  Kyosho, maybe its time you dropped the anchor on diecast and focused on your radio control business…  A lacklustre “enjoy the pics”.

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4 Responses to "REVIEW: Kyosho Lamborghini Miura Jota SVJ"

  1. andrew b says:

    I really hope their Pantera GTS and GT4 will be a LOT better than this..??

    The old Jota’s were some of the best made models i have..??

  2. Mark says:

    That’s rather disturbing to read, I was still looking to add this one to my collection.

  3. Mark says:

    The Kyosho 08311P – SVRJ – hat is your opinion ?

    I have one I paid $130.00 for, new.

    I have never seen one on E Bay or any where.

    How many did they make ?

    Thank You, Mark C.

  4. Alex says:

    I purchased the Kyosho Miura Tri-Color version and it isn’t anywhere near as bad as this example. So I have to agree Kyosho has dropped or either fumbling the ball.

    Not that the model I got is perfect, not at all as it has many of the typical Kyosho build traits of late. The worst being the poor fitting engine cover body section which simply does not marry up to the passenger compartment very well and causes paint chips on the left side roof area. I have tried looking at correcting the issue but im afraid of doing damage so its posed in a way to make it as least obvious.. Still overall im happy with the model.

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