Introducing the Traxxas Rustler 4x4 VXL

By: Tim Gluth

When it comes to picking out an R/C vehicle, finding the right combination of speed, handling, and appearance can be quite a chore. Years later, I still have fond memories of my first radio-controlled truck purchase, even though I changed my mind countless times before reaching the checkout counter.

I bring that up because one of the models I had considered was the Traxxas Rustler. At that time, it was a 2-wheel drive stadium truck with modest power and features. My how times have changed. Fast forward a handful of years, and say hello to the latest breed of Rustler, the Rustler 4x4 VXL.

Traxxas Rustler 4x4 VXL - Front

Traxxas has taken "standard" stadium truck and morphed it into an earth-gripping, dirt-slinging, tire-spinning monster. From top to bottom, it's easy to spot the newness on this fresh model.

For starters, the Rustler 4x4 VXL guessed it...4-wheel drive. This is one of the major changes when comparing previous Rustler models to this version. That additional grip and power should make this Rustler model a contender for a go-anywhere, do-anything bashing machine.


Traxxas Rustler 4x4 VXL - Chassis Top

Along with the additional wheel power, the Rustler 4x4 VXL has received a redesigned, low-cg chassis. When compared to previous Rustler models, as well as other Traxxas low-cg vehicles, this chassis bears a striking resemblance to that of the Slash short course truck.

There are some unique "driver comfort" features sprinkled throughout this model as well, including a self-righting mode and clip-less body mounts. Both of these features have appeared on models such as the Traxxas X-Maxx and E-Revo 2.0 and it's nice to see them put into action again.

Traxxas Rustler 4x4 VXL - Rear

Powering the Rustler 4x4 is a Velineon 3500 brushless motor which is paired with a Traxxas VXL-3s ESC. Both the ESC and the motor are capable of handling 3S LiPo battery packs.

Visually, the Rustler 4x4 could be mistaken for an E-Revo 2, especially if you squint. Two color options are available for the body graphics, blue/red/orange and blue/green, with both options including black-chrome wheels to complete the Rustler's new, aggressive look.

Traxxas Rustler 4x4 VXL - Side

Traxxas Rustler 4x4 VXL Specs:

  • Length: 18.78 inches (477mm)
  • Width: 12.94 inches (329mm)
  • Ground Clearance: 1.1 inches (27mm)
  • Weight: 5.12lbs (2.32 kg)
  • Height: 6.35 inches (161mm)
  • Wheelbase: 11.62 inches (295mm)
  • Tires (pre-glued): 4.5” x 2.3” (114mm x 58mm) Talon™ EXT
  • Wheels: 2.8 inches (71mm) Black Chrome
  • Speed Control: VXL-3s™
  • Motor (electric): Velineon® 3500 Brushless
  • Transmission: Single speed
  • Overall Drive Ratio: 13.97:1
  • Differentials: Sealed, 2-gear
  • Chassis Structure / Material: Composite tub

Priced at $399.99, the Traxxas Rustler 4x4 VXL will be available for purchase online and through your local Traxxas dealer. Visit for additional details about this model.

Image credit: Traxxas

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