Well if world championship results are anything to go by, the Kyosho would appear to be the buggy of choice.
But look at the size of the team, the resources and the shear number of drivers present at each of the world events over the last few years.
I've heard it said that the Mugen buggy is the 'peoples champ' - represented by much smaller teams at world events, the buggy has proven to be the fastest machine on the track more than once and has been, shall we say, unlucky not to have won the crown more often. Of course, the MBX5 now enjoys a prestigious worlds title anyway. It's been a long time since the old Athlete!!
What about the Crono buggies? They've had awesome European success, not to mention a whole run of BRCA UK championship wins.
But does it matter? I don't think so, not for most of us.
I've put in better times with my 'old faithful' Mugen MBX4RR than I have with a brand new Kyosho 777. Is that because my MBX4 is better? Of course it isn't, not by modern standards!! It's inferior on several different levels, but I've owned it for years so it feels as comfortable to race with as a favourite pair of trainers do to wear.
What matters is performance, component quality, price, reliability, durability, aftermarket support, spares availability.
This statement hits the nail on the head:
"Kyosho makes great stuff, don't get me wrong...but the days where you had to shell out Kyosho money for a decent car are OVER."
Look at how well buggies like the Hyper 7 have done. Now we have the Hyper 8 - the goal posts have effectively moved by quite some margin.
Jammin, Xray, Hong Nor, Mugen, Hyper - all producing high performance machines at lower than Kyosho prices. The emperor's new clothes element is finally coming to an end with RC cars. Good thing too!