Stretch Monster! HPI announces Savage XL

Stretch Monster! HPI announces Savage XL


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The Savage XL – Extra Large Size and Mega Power!
Check out the new addition to the Savage line-up! The Savage XL is the extra-large, extra-tough and extra-powerful big brother to the Savage X monster truck. For improved stability and handling, the Savage XL has a 55mm longer wheelbase and a 25mm wider track. With a longer wheelbase, wider stance and huge 5.9cc (.36 cubic inch) engine, the Savage XL is ready to rock and roll right out of the box. The HPI design team added strategically strengthened hop-up parts to tame the massive K5.9 power for unmatched durability. The Savage XL soaks up the rough stuff with ease because it’s the biggest, toughest, and most powerful Savage ever!


Awesome XL Looks!
The Savage XL definitely looks the part of the massive monster truck! The extended wheelbase is the perfect evolution of the Savage design, and the extended chassis and larger tires are a perfect match for the new, bigger ‘GT Gigante’ body!

The wide front grill and huge headlights of the GT Gigante body merge with the flared wheel arches front and rear for a huge ‘wow factor,’ adding to the impression of huge size and strength! The large Terra Pin tires fit the body perfectly for a scale monster truck look that’s sure to intimidate the opposition at your local bashing arena! But the Savage XL isn’t about just looking great, the HPI designers went all-out to make sure it performs as good as it looks!

Size Does Matter…
Bigger in every dimension than the standard Savage X, the Savage XL is longer, wider, taller, more ground clearance and tires that are nearly 7″ in diameter! It’s based on the practically indestructible Savage X chassis and features durability upgrades like thicker 3mm TVP chassis plates, 3mm alloy engine plate, machine-cut steel differential rings and pinion bevel gears, steel spur gear, heavy-duty clutchbell, extra heavy-duty dogbones, larger diff outdrives, machined brake hub, dual fiber disk brakes and much more!

Extra-Long Alloy Chassis
To get the long wheelbase of the Savage XL, the HPI designers developed all-new extended TVP (Twin Vertical Plate) chassis made from 3mm thick 6061 aluminum. 6061-series aluminum is light and strong and provides the strength for stretching the Savage platform to its limits! The chassis has Savage XL logos etched into the chassis to really make it stand out! The engine is fitted to a one-piece engine mount with an extra-thick 3mm engine mounting plate. These are the thickest TVP and engine plate parts ever offered on a Savage monster truck, giving the Savage XL the strength to withstand the torque of the massive Nitro Star K5.9 engine.

Huge Terra Pin All-Terrain Tires
The large Terra Pin tires and TVP style chassis help give the Savage XL massive ground clearance of over 3 inches, allowing it to go over obstacles that would stop other monster trucks in their tracks! The new Terra Pin tires stand tall at nearly 7″ in diameter to soak up ruts, bumps, and rough landings. The tough spike pattern makes the Terra Pins great in grass and loose dirt, while the chevron center pattern give them directional stability on the harder surfaces. The tall sidewalls provide extra shock absorption and allow the tires to grip as they roll over obstacles.

3 Speed Transmission Installed
The Savage XL features the Savage 3-speed transmission to get the most out of the huge torque from the K5.9 engine. Metal gears with the new high-speed 3rd gear give you legendary durability, consistent shifting, quick acceleration and high top speed. The transmission is fully adjustable, so you can choose when the Savage XL will shift into higher gear!

Wider Stance & 17mm Hex Hubs
To widen the stance of the Savage XL we added extended aluminum axles with 17mm hex hubs. These are lightweight and tough, and fit standard 17mm hex monster truck and truggy wheels. Serrated steel wheel nuts grip the wheels to keep them locked in place, making sure that you’ll never see a wheel bouncing past your truck!

New Tougher Suspension Uprights
The XL features all-new uprights designed for the power and weight of this massive beast! Beefier parts means the truck can take more abuse and punishment, giving you plenty of big-air thrills without breaking parts.

Reinforced All-Metal Differentials
The Savage XL continues the tradition of tough, overbuilt HPI monster trucks with several new drivetrain parts that are a standard part of the Savage XL’s arsenal of tricks. Machined steel diff rings and pinion bevel gears are built to take the power of 5.9cc of nitro-burning mayhem. Alloy diff cases and 4-gear diffs with new larger diff outdrives and axles round out the ultra-strong differentials.

Larger Diff Outdrives
Getting the power to the dogbones are larger, thicker and stronger diff outdrive cups. These machined steel outdrives can take the punishment of the K5.9 engine to get you through the toughest driving conditions!

ker Dogbones

New extra-thick dogbones provide the insurance you’ll want when you take the XL into rough country! The thicker diameter and larger ends add up to a drivetrain that won’t let you down when the going gets tough! You’ll be able to commit the full power of the K5.9 engine to the ground!

Machined Steel Spur Gear
A machined steel 52T spur gear is the perfect match for the horsepower of the Nitro Star K5.9 engine. With a heavy-duty vented clutchbell spinning the spur gear, you get a huge amount of drivetrain protection with gears that won’t strip, melt or break in the roughest of terrain and conditions!

Aluminum Three-Shoe Clutch
The Savage XL uses a new 3-shoe aluminum clutch to get the power from the engine to the drivetrain. The aluminum clutch shoes will resist wear and engine heat for extra life and consistent launches. There’s no more secure way to get the power to the ground!

High Torque Metal Gear Steering Servo
The HPI designers chose a super-strong, extra-tough high torque metal gear servo for the Savage XL. With nearly 9kg of force per centimeter, the SF-5 will get turn the large Terra Pin tires for responsive steering at any speed! There’s no need to upgrade the servo – this baby’s got it all! With the bellcrank steering and built-in servo saver, you can be sure that the SF-5 will be fully protected against crash damage or bad landings!

Rechargeable Receiver Pack and Charger
To make sure the servos have all the power they need and then some, we’re throwing in an HPI 6 volt 1200mAh NiMH battery pack! This rechargeable pack even includes a convenient wall charger so you can make sure that the XL is always ready to rumble! You don’t even need to take the pack out of the truck to charge it – just use the convenient charging jack built into the radio box and you’re ready to go!

Easy to Drive!
All this power and durability gets you nowhere unless the truck is easy to drive and can get you through the rough stuff, so the HPI designers made sure that the Savage XL can take everything you can through it at and come through handling like a champ!

The first thing that hits the ground are the huge HPI Terra Pin tires, which feature a tall sidewall and tough spikes to rip through grass and loose dirt. The tall tires make handling the rough stuff easy, and the ground clearance of more than 3 inches gets you over obstacles with room to spare!

The longer wheelbase and wider stance of the Savage XL allow it to handle even rougher terrain than other Savage monster trucks. When the going gets rough you want the size, power and strength of the Savage XL!

New Upgraded Parts
Savage big-block monster trucks are legendary for their toughness in the most extreme conditions, and the XL goes even further. With all-new suspension and drivetrain parts designed to take the load of the biggest-ever Nitro Star engine, the Savage XL has what it takes to make it last!

The Savage XL has loads of features that make it easier to drive than shorter-wheelbase monster trucks, while making it tougher and more durable for jumping and in off-road conditions. Tall all-terrain tires, 8 shocks and plush double-wishbone suspension combine for reliable and predictable handling. Add in the new heavy duty suspension parts, strong bracing points and the famous Savage durability of the standard parts and you get one tough machine!

Like the rest of the Savage range, the XL uses a total of 8 oil-filled, long-stroke, coil over shocks to handle the suspension duties. Mounted at the bottom to the suspension arms and at the top to Savage X-style shock towers, the shocks can be easily adjusted to vary their position to suit your driving style or terrain. With easy ride height adjustment, you’ll be able to set up the XL low for racing and high speeds runs, or quickly raise it for the rough stuff!

With heavy-duty bracing of all suspension parts, the hits can just keep on coming. Tough steel hinge pins and aluminum braces work with the high-impact nylon of the skid plates, bumpers and lower suspension parts to give the Savage XL a rock-solid foundation for ultimate mayhem! Experience for yourself the thrills of wild bashing sessions at top speed, while not having to worry about crash damage or parts failure – it’s always a good time with the Savage XL!

Just like the other Savage monster trucks, the XL uses double wishbone suspension to get the power to the ground and soak up jumps and more. With lightweight Savage X-type suspension arms, tough molded upper links and super-tough hardware you have the peace of mind that comes with having control of the toughest monster truck around!

New K5.9 Engine
At the heart of the Savage XL is the all-new, monstrous Nitro Star K5.9 engine! This 5.9cc (.36 cubic inch) powerplant gives the XL loads of torque for turning the giant tires.The K5.9 engine delivers the muscle and grunt that you’ll want for powering the Savage XL over any type of terrain and through any obstacle! The massive K5.9 powerband supplies the torque for getting the XL up to speed quickly, and the curved manifold and aluminum tuned pipe get the most power out of the engine, and a giant heatsink head so you won’t have to worry about overheating! The K5.9 is fitted with a Roto-Start 2 electric starter system for easy starting. A vented heavy-duty clutchbell and aluminum 3-shoe clutch are standard equipment for tough and reliable power transfer.

Tuned Exhaust System
With a curved rear-exhaust manifold directing exhaust gases to the polished aluminum 2-chamber tuned pipe, the specialized K5.9 exhaust system produces loads of horsepower that just demands to be used! The exhaust system is spring-loaded to enable it to withstand the brutal landings of big-air jumps and driving over any type of terrain, and is designed just for the K5.9 engine to produce maximum punch and monstrous top speeds!

Tough ABC Construction
With true ABC construction (Aluminum case and piston, Brass Chrome-plated cylinder), the Nitro Star K5.9 delivers massive torque and horsepower and long engine life. The three-needle carburetor uses a 9.5mm inlet to get in as much fuel as possible and uses a composite body to prevent heat from the engine case affecting the fuel supply. A huge flow-through finned aluminum heatsink head keeps things cool, and even features sweet laser-etched logos!

Dual-Stage Air Filter
A dual stage pre-oiled air filter is used to keep dirt and fine particles of dust from entering the engine. The air filter is securely mounted on a 90-degree rubber tube so it is placed in the perfect position and stay in place through any type of driving.

Roto Star
t 2 Installed

Get things going quickly with the Roto Start 2 electric starting system pre-installed onto the back of the engine. The Roto Start 2 replaces the standard pullstarter with a handheld shaft-drive starting unit so you don’t have to deal with pullstarting the engine by hand. Just install a charged 7.2v stick-pack battery into the Roto Start 2 hand unit, insert the shaft into the back of the engine, press the button and you’re off! It doesn’t get any easier!

RTR – Performance Straight from the Box
HPI makes it as easy for beginners to get into Nitro RC. The Savage XL RTR it is completely pre-built and ready to go right out of the box! HPI Ready-To-Run models bring you the same high performance and quality that you expect from racing kits with the added convenience of being factory pre-assembled to the highest standards.

Everything is assembled and tuned for you by professionals – radio system, diffs, slipper clutch, shocks and more are perfect before you even open the box! Just a few steps are needed to get your car up and running, such as adding the batteries to the transmitter and breaking in the engine – which is now even easier with our comprehensive manual.

Full Assembly Instructions
As with all HPI cars and trucks, you get a full, in-depth instruction manual with step-by-step instructions that allow you to easily disassemble and reassemble your monster truck for maintenance and easy servicing.

High Quality Radio Gear
The reliable and sturdy HPI TF-3 radio controls the Savage XL, giving you superb control in a well-designed pistol-grip radio! The steering wheel design makes you feel as if you’re actually driving the truck, and the trigger-style throttle and brake controls provide you with finger-sensitive action when accelerating and stopping! The radio transmitter features interchangeable frequency crystals so you can drive with your friends, servo reverse switches, a retractable aerial, easy access to radio adjustments and simple AA battery replacement.

The steering for the XL is handled by the new, tougher, metal-gear HPI SF-5 high-torque servo, which has plenty of grunt to turn the front wheels at all speeds. A truck this size needs the power and torque of a strong servo, and the SF-5 is just the ticket, providing 8.9kg/cm2 at 6 volts. To make sure the servos have plenty of juice, the Savage XL includes a rechargeable HPI 1200mAh NiMH receiver battery pack and charger. Recharging is easy with the charging jack built into the radio box – just remove the rubber plug and insert the charging plug.

The HPI TF-3 radio gives you long-range and reliable communication with your truck. If you ever want to upgrade your electronics you’ll find it extremely easy, because all of the electronics are standard-size RC components with standardized connectors. The components can be upgraded or replaced whenever you like, or even moved into a different RC vehicle in the future. The Savage XL will accept any standard-size servos and any 4- or 5-cell receiver battery pack.

Available With Your Choice of Blue Or Orange GT Gigante Body!
With the Savage XL you get your choice of a striking pre-painted metallic blue or fluorescent orange GT Gigante body with a racing scheme, or you can customize your truck with any of the clear or pre-painted polycarbonate bodies from the huge range of HPI Savage bodies! Choose from the cool Retro Collection or check out the ultra-modern set of HPI bodies!

Features & Benefits

  • The Nitro Star K5.9 engine delivers massive torque and horsepower. 
  • The Nitro Star K5.9 engine features ABC construction, a three needle carburetor with a 9.5mm inlet and a large heatsink head with a laser etched logo. 
  • For improved stability and handling, the Savage XL has a 55mm longer wheelbase and a 25mm wider track.
  • The Savage XL has over 3 inches (7.62 cm) of ground clearance allowing you to fly over obstacles with ease. 
  • Rigid 3mm 6061 aluminum TVP (Twin Vertical Plate) chassis for improved durability and strength. 
  • The 3mm engine plate is made of 7075 aluminum for increased durability. 
  • Front and rear machine cut steel differential ring and pinion gears for improved durability. 
  • For the ultimate in durability, we’ve included a heavy duty machined steel 52T spur gear and a high strength machined steel 16T racing clutch bell. 
  • The racing clutch bell is made from high strength machined steel and hardened for maximum durability. Machined vents help the clutch shoes stay cooler and reduce weight for faster acceleration. 
  • Heavy duty aluminum clutch shoes with high silicone content for greater durability and better grip. 
  • 1200 mAh NiMH receiver pack maximizes servo performance. An external jack allows you to charge the battery pack without removing the receiver cover. 
  • Durable, high torque metal gear steering servo provides more than enough power to maneuver the giant Savage XL. 
  • The Savage XL is equipped with twin vented disc brakes made from heat-resistant fiber material to give you more stopping power!
  • Adjustable 3 speed transmission with heavy-duty metal internal gears and our high speed 3rd gear for extra speed.
  • Pre-painted, pre-decaled GT Gigante truck body included.
  • The Terra Pin tires are nearly 7 inches in diameter with excellent grip on or off road.
  • Extra heavy-duty dogbones and larger diameter diff cups are necessary to handle the massive amount of power generated by the K5.9 engine.
  • Realistic matte chrome MAG-8 wheels with pre-glued Terra Pin tires and foam inserts.
  • High quality 2-channel radio system included.
  • Serrated steel wheel nuts keep the wheels locked down tight.
  • Start your Savage XL quickly and easily with the Roto Start 2 electric starting system.
  • Full-time shaft drive 4WD system for maximum grip, power and grunt!
  • Massive 160cc fuel tank for long run times and huge amounts of bashing and racing fun.
  • Easy-access radio box protects the electronics from splashes, dirt and more
  • Radio box features openings for battery charging plug (included) and #308 illuminated Battery Level Indicator (not included)
  • Eight long-stroke oil-filled shock absorbers provide confidence over the jumps and on big-air landings
  • Double wishbone suspension for amazing handling and performance at any speed
  • Large 17mm metal alloy hex hubs for durability under heavy loads
  • Hardened 4-gear diff setup can handle the abuse of high-horsepower engines
  • Easy access to front and rear differentials – no chassis disassembly required to get to diffs or tranny gears!
  • Savage X-style vertical transmission case for quick access to internal gears
  • Full set of rubber-sealed ball bearings for maximum efficiency and speed

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Updated: January 12, 2011 — 12:03 PM
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