A stronger sting for Kyosho’s classic mid-’80s machine
BY PETER VIEIRA PHOTOS BY JOEL NAVARRO
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.