› Ex­clu­sive! Traxxas TRX-4 Sport

The more af­ford­able TRX-4 is still a fea­ture-packed beast on the trail

RC Car Action - - CONTENTS - By Peter Vieira

The Traxxas TRX-4 was our choice for Truck of the Year when it de­buted as a Land Rover De­fender last year, and the Swat-tas­tic Tac­ti­cal and best-sell­ing Bronco ap­peared soon af­ter. All three are top-notch trail ma­chines thanks to their por­tal axles, re­mote-lock­ing dif­fer­en­tials, and ra­dio-op­er­ated High/low trans­mis­sions, but those in­no­va­tions add cost and a TRX-4 will set you back $420 to $450. “Worth it,” and the price hasn’t seemed to slow down sales. But Traxxas gets it—not ev­ery­one has that much ex­tra cash for an RC truck. And there are plenty of trail truck­ers who are happy to leave their TRX-4S in Low and keep the diffs locked be­cause they’re all trail, all the time. Ei­ther way, the new TRX-4 Sport is prob­a­bly just the truck a lot of cur­rent and wannabe trail guys are look­ing for. With a sug­gested sell­ing price of $360, the Sport squares off with the Vaterra As­cen­der, Axial SCX10 II, and HPI Ven­ture (among other mod­els) at the most pop­u­lar price point for 1/10-scale trail rigs. To get the price down, Traxxas kept the essen­tials (the chas­sis, sus­pen­sion, por­tal axles, and power sys­tem are un­changed) and moved the T-lock dif­fer­en­tials and High/low trans­mis­sion to the “op­tions” list in­stead of stan­dard equip­ment, plus they made a few other tweaks. Let’s take a closer look…

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