Everything old becomes new again. Since I missed out on many of the classic R/C models of the 80s and 90s, reproduction models are a great way to capture that old-school joy with a bit of a new-school spin. As part of their “vintage series”, Kyosho is re-releasing their popular Turbo Optima buggy kit with a handful of modern updates.
The Turbo Optima Gold Kit allows you to build a 1/10-scale buggy and finish it off with a selection of gold anodized chassis and suspension components. Along with these glittering gold bits, the Turbo Optima Gold Kit features threaded, larger capacity shocks, front and rear swaybars/stabilizers, block pattern tires, and a number of driver-adjustable elements.
Despite these updates, the original body design of the 1986 Turbo Optima has been carried over to this modern-day kit.
To complete the build, you’ll need to supply a steering servo, 540-size motor, batteries and battery charger, paint, and radio system (transmitter and receiver).
Kyosho Turbo Optima Gold Kit Specs:
- Length: 395mm
- Width: 244mm
- Height: 120mm
- Wheelbase: 260mm
- Front/Rear Tread: 208mm
- Weight: 1,600g (approx.)
- Tires (F/R): 82×36mm
- Motor: 540 class size (sold separately)
- Gear ratio: 9.24 : 1
The Kyosho Turbo Optima Gold Kit is priced at $359.99 and will be available online and through Kyosho dealers. Visit kyoshoamerica.com for additional details about this buggy kit.
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