› Classic Plastic/kyosho Turbo Scorpion
A stronger sting for Kyosho’s classic mid-’80s machine
Regular readers will recall that we tested Kyosho’s rerelease of the 1982 Scorpion back in the October 2014 issue, and the Big K has done plenty with the platform since then. The VW bug–bodied Beetle Off-road Racer hit shelves at the same time as the Scorpion, and the hot-looking Tomahawk that originally hit stores in 1983 landed in our February 2016 issue. Now we’ve got the fourth model to put Kyosho’s classic 2WD rail-chassis platform back to work: the 1985 Turbo Scorpion. Turbo touches include a longer wheelbase, wider track, bigger shocks, and a molded wing mount in place of bent wire. But it’s the 2.2-inch wheels; modern rubber; roof-mounted lights; and red, white, and blue graphics that most catch the eye and make the new-old Turbo Scorpion one of the best-looking buggies of any era. Like Kyosho’s other Scorpion-based models, the Turbo is also built for real performance, with a brushless-ready drivetrain and retooled parts that are far more durable than the Reagan-era hardware. The Turbo Scorpion will look great on the shelf, but there’s no reason for it to stay there.
Vintage box art reveals equally era-correct packaging with plastic blisters showing off all the goodies. Beautiful stuff. Item no.: 30616B Price: $250 Length: 16.1 in. (408mm) Width: 10.1 in. (256mm) Height: 5.57 in. (145mm) Wheelbase: 10.7 in. (273mm) Requires: Transmitter & receiver, servo, speed control, motor, battery, and charger