One of the most popular models from the BMW 02 series is without a doubt the 2002 tii. Yes, of course the exotic 2002 Turbo is also a wannahave, but we cannot rule out that the 2002 with injection engine is also a deeply cherished wish of the classic BMW enthusiasts. In any case, we can draw this conclusion - measured by the hefty prices that are currently being paid/asked for this type. And those are prices that are not for everyone.
Fortunately, those who know that the dream will not come true can always make the consolation purchase. And by that we mean to say: there are countless model car builders who are capable of at least making the wish tangible in a reduced and beautifully detailed form. Take Kyosho. That managed to produce a beautiful model of the BMW 2002 tii. A model that has been reduced eighteen times compared to the original. And what is striking is that the Kyosho artists have turned out to be quite capable of conveying the feeling of the real thing at the sight of it.
In the color Orange, the model exudes its historic appeal that won over prospective buyers of this BMW in 1972. Just a few technical specifications of the original. The Bavarian manufacturer equipped the BMW 2002 tii with the 1990 cc engine with a capacity of 130 DIN hp, and the mechanical Kugelfischer injection unit. The compression ratio was 10:1, the torque was 176,5 Nm. And the nice thing: the engine held that maximum torque for a long time from a rev range of 4000 rpm. It was remarkable at the time that BMW offered the buyer the choice of equipping the 2002 with a four-speed gearbox or a three-speed automatic transmission. A five-speed gearbox was not available in 1972. But anyway: the specifications gave this already appetizing BMW extra appeal.
And today Kyosho brings back that attractive look. The proportions are reasonably correct, although a little more accuracy could have been shown. Furthermore, the model seems to be a little too thick here and there (front). But this is also a successful reduction of the original. The color scheme is correct, the rims are correct, the interior (with instruments with chrome-rimmed clocks) is good, the petrol tube in the luggage compartment is in order and the grille is also correct for a period. Furthermore, the chrome accents are correctly applied everywhere (including windshield wipers). In addition, the round rear light clusters are correct; the enlarged rear light units were not introduced until model year 1974. And here we are really talking about a 1972 model.
What always makes a scale model interesting: everything can open in the 1:18 Kyosho version, which was released in several colors. And then you see under the forward-hinged hood that the engine has been neatly recreated, that the doors are partly frameless and that the proportions of the luggage compartment are also correct. Very nice: the mat can be removed from the luggage compartment, so that the spare wheel is also visible. Such functionalities bring a scale model even closer to reality. The fact that everything can be opened does mean that the fit can be compromised. This is visible on several copies of this otherwise very beautiful model.
The prices that are usually asked for the Kyosho versions of the BMW 2002 tii are not tender. Both at the miniature specialty shops and online you should count on a three-digit amount. In concrete terms: the Kyoshos are offered online for prices that start at €140 and can easily rise to €250. House of Modelcars offers a few copies via eBay that cost just under €200. And yet this is not a matter of what the fool gives for it. It is a matter of how far you are willing to go to show your affection for this beautiful model. Even though the car has been reduced eighteen times. It's just how you look at it.