Traxxas Revo - Good all around with awesome racing potential
Associated MGT 4.6 SE (Thunder Tiger MTA-4 is the same exact truck)
Great bashers, excellent racing potential
Team Losi Lst2 (comes with FM radio) Same as MGT, great basher, excellent racing potential
Cen Nemesis ( comes with FM radio ) Great racer, good basher...a better basher from Cen is the Genesis
HPI...anything from the Savage line- Awesome ( perhaps the best of em all ) basher...can be respectible on the track but requires work.
Tamiya TNX- Awesome on the track...good basher.
There are others...these are the most popular, ie, most easy to obtain parts for when they break...and they will break, lol.
All the above are MTs...and are all great choices. The TNX and Revo both have what are considered small block engines. The MGT, LST2, Savage line, and the Nemesis all come with big block engines.Don't be fooled by the small blocks though. While they may not produce the brute torque a BB will, they are plenty powerful for the trucks that theyre in.
Most RTRs( any style of chassis, onroad or off, with a few exceptions) will avg 35-40, maybe a little more out of the box. Trust me, this may not seem impressive in words, but it will surprise you in person.
The simplest way to describe FM vs. AM would be to compare your home/car stereo. FM has a stronger signal and is subject to less interference.
Now, there is another line, or style of MT.These are called Truggy. Basically, they are MTs based on a buggy chassis.TRuck + bUGGY = TRUGGY. They have a center diff unlike "normal" MTs that have a front/rear diff with a center tranny and two speed/reverse system.In my opinion, they are much easier to work on when things break. They handle much better on the track as well, since they are based on buggy chassis.You will also see terms such as UMT or Unlimited Monster Truck describing them.A few of the more populr truggies are as follows...
The Hot Bodies LSP comes in a few different varieties...complete RTR, or ARR with no radio but it is already built with an engine. The Jammin that I linked to is a kit only, you'd have to build this and get an engine/exhaust, radio system. They have recently released an RTR version of this but apparently, AMain does not have it in stock. Some other places might. The HPI HellFire is a brand new release...within the past 6 weeks or so.Not a lot is kown about it yet but all in all..Im sure it is of high quality.