Kyosho 1:18 Cadillac CTS-V: Bad Caddy

Jul 28, 2011 2 Comments by

Cadillac’s CTS is a solid performer in base, V6 trim; add in the V series’ supercharged 556-horsepower 6.2 liter V8 and all of its other hyper-performance bells and whistles, and you have a world-class American four-slammer with a “fastest production V8 sedan”  tag line.

This model of the vaunted V comes via Kyosho, and it follows up the sweet V6 CTS I picked up a while ago. No, it’s not a new release, but it’s definitely worth another look see before its companion release – a CTS-V Coupe – arrives on the scene.

Like the real car, this sedan version’s been hit with some heavy tech – of the scale model variety, of course. It sits a scale inch lower (yeah, I checked), rolls on larger rims, and has sweet steel mesh in its grille. And everything works, from the suspension and drive shaft to the opening gas filler door. There’s a carpeted interior, with soft-touch seats and a sliding roof panel, and a pull-out trunk floor and spare tire. I loved the raised, cast metal “V” badging, and the high-relief foil appliqués everywhere; the steel brake discs, “V” emblazoned Brembo calipers, and folding side view mirrors were icing on the cake. This pre-pro wears world-spec clear taillights, but the production models I’ve seen stateside sported home market red lensing. It’s a bit more delicate in its details than standard Kyosho fare – no doubt the result of its being supplied through a relatively new supplier to Kyosho – but I’ve never met a collector who would complain about that.

Here’s to more models just like it. Kyosho’s given us what might be the most comprehensively detailed model of a currently available American car ever made. Now – give us that coupe, stat.

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I was always crazy about toy cars and car-themed play sets, but I got hooked on car models when my cousin sent me a pair of built-up AMT kits - a '61 Continental and a '57 Thunderbird. I was six or seven years old when another cousin - Carl - showed me how to build and paint, and by the time I was nine, I had a pretty good collection and a great "spares box" on hand. The original Auto World catalogs were my dream books; my allowance was spent before it was ever earned, and I knew every hobby store and model retailer on Long Island. Then came slot cars, Cox .049-engined Baja Buggies and airplanes, and, ultimately, the real things. I still have some of those old models, and when time allows, I still build or detail scale cars. But it's the ready-to-display replicas and scale racing models that have really had me jazzed for the past fifteen years or so. The "mint" diecasts and the 1:18 American Muscle cars that I cut my serious collecting (and writing) teeth on back then led straight to the current crop of offerings from high-end makers and models in every scale. I also love scale model photography, and shooting, scoring, and producing videos of the models I love. I'm a proud member of the DiecastSpace Diecast Hall of Fame, as well as the Diecast Car Collectors' Club Diecast Scale Model Hall of Fame. I'm also proud to be a part of the Die Cast X Team, and as Editor-in-Chief, I'm looking forward to years of growing the publication and showing new collectors how much fun this hobby can be. And, yeah - I still have that spares box.

2 Responses to “Kyosho 1:18 Cadillac CTS-V: Bad Caddy”

  1. Eliseo Rodriguez says:

    nice car how much

    • Joe Kelly Jr. says:

      Hello, Elisio –

      We’ve seen these go for between $85.00 and $120.00, depending on the source. Check with your favorite online retailer, or just search “Kyosho Cadillac CTS” and see what you find.

      Good Luck! Thanks for writing – and for reading Die Cast X.

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