I find this new truck interesting for many reasons. First, I really didn’t see it coming. Who doesn’t like a surprise? Second, I think the concept is just cool. I personally love the hybrid basher/off-roader idea. Last, it’s interesting because vehicles like this are more polarizing than the last presidential election. That reminds me. I have to look up who won that.
Anyway, Traxxas has unveiled its new Telluride 4X4 (cool name). It’s based off the Stampede 4X4 platform, but achieves its new stance via short arms and a new SUV-style body. Many crawlers guys are going to hate it. I, however, love it. I do. I love it. Why not? I’m a sucker for a truck I can get a lot of use out of. This things looks perfect for ripping around the driveway, blasting across the lawn, navigating a dirt trail and scratching and clawing up some rocks. Sounds fun to me.
It’s not super scale, but I could see adding a little of this and that. I’m telling you right now, Traxxas, you need to come out with wipers, side mirrors and a roof rack for this truck. The roof rack already fits your M.O., but branch out and add those other items. Trust me. They’ll sell. We’ll also need a clear body. Traxxas, you need to up your game on the availability of clear bodies, by the way.
Back to the Telluride. As you expect from Traxxas, it’s fully waterpoof. It includes its 12-turn motor (plenty of torque) and a 2.4GHz radio system. It has the same modular design found on the Stampede 4X4 (and the longer Slash 4X4 for that matter). The differentials have wisely been tuned (i.e., filled with thicker 100K wt silicone fluid) for better traction off-road, which fits in great with Traxxas new Ready-to-Explore tagline.
I wouldn’t get too hung up on whether it’s a true scaler or if it can rock crawl at a comp. It’s made for fun and clearly well equipped for that mission. Oh, and Traxxas says you can pick one up for under three bills. We like that!
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About the Author: Matt has over 25 years of experience in RC and has worked professionally in media for over a decade. Matt enjoys everything from racing to rock crawling to bashing, and he believes RC should be all about having fun. Matt is as at home covering a world championship in an exotic country as he is showing a new hobbyist how to set gear mesh. His desire to share the hobby with as many people as possible inspired him to create RC Truck Stop and RCTruckStop.com.