Well, that didn’t take long. After sneak-peeking the new TRX-4 a week ago, Traxxas is back with full details on the new rig. Suffice it to say, there’s no mistaking the TRX-4 for anything else on the trail, especially when you get the body off. Portal axles are the truck’s signature feature, but hardly the only noteworthy design stroke. The TRX-4 also gets a high-low transmission and T-Lock locking diffs, all transmitter-controlled, which will give the TRX-4 far more versatility than single-speed trucks with permanently locked axles. Scale-diameter aluminum shocks are new (and tucked into full fender wells, nice), and the TRX-4 gets Traxxas’ first-ever metal-gear servo. Plus lots more–click through the gallery, then hit the Traxxas TRX-4 page for details. Expect to see the truck hit stores mid-May at $480.
“Torque Twist Eliminated: The portal axles use gear reduction right at the wheels that dramatically reduces undesirable torque twist. Total axle gear reduction is over twice non-portal designs. The Titan 550 motor torque is translated into straight, powerful, forward motion, rather than wasted energy twisting your rig right off the rocks.”
“Ultimate Ground Clearance: The TRX-4 Scale and Trail Crawler is equipped right out of the box with Traxxas’ game-changing portal axle set. Portal axles lift the truck at the wheels for huge center pumpkin ground clearance. In order to achieve the same clearance with straight axles (and not get stuck), your tires would have to be over an inch taller than the TRX-4’s tires. Straddling boulders with ease, the TRX-4 chassis definitely takes the path less travelled and simply leaves all the others behind.”
“Hi/Low Range Transmission: When the going gets tough, use your transmitter to shift into low range for incredible 4-wheel drive pulling torque. Shift into high range for blasting down the trail. The plush suspension design absorbs rough terrain with ease and delivers outstanding scale appearance. Unmatched versatility makes the TRX-4 Scale and Trail Crawler adaptable to just about any situation or driving style.”
“Aluminum GTS Shocks: All new oil-filled coil-over GTS shocks were created exclusively for the TRX-4 chassis. These silver-anodized aluminum units deliver silky-smooth damping performance and feature threaded shock bodies for easy ride height adjustments. The convincing scale realism looks great and they perform even better with an O-ring cap seal and dual X-ring shaft seals.”
“Metal Gear Digital Servo: A new full-metal gear digital servo gives you the durability and steering authority you need to confidently and reliably power through tough situations.”