Eeyan - since it appears you own both an EvoIV and a 415 (from reding your signature) then you certainly don't have anything to worry about - The Sigma 2 is more than a match for those cars in terms of value for money!
Evoracer - I certainly agree with you about the TC4, they've skimped on the "good gear" to lower the price - so in the end the car is gonna cost a lot! But it is AE, they have many followers with racers, they can release any piece of crap and it will still sell
I don't believe Kawada have skimped on quality, I know they make better plastic type components that just about anyone out there, I'm saying that perhaps they could've thrown a few more "must have items" in order to boost the value for money - this may make racers take the chance on this lesser known car, rather than simply buy a Pro4 or Xray like everyone else.
I HAD forgotten about the weaker US dollar, so for sure, that is also causing some problems with keeping cars at a fair price - perhaps we will see large increases from other manufacturers when they release their newest cars
For anyone considering the Sigma 2, you can be guaranteed that:
* The transmission is the most efficient belt drive around
* The plastics mouldings/quality is excellent
* The overall design shows a lot more intelligence than simply cloning the Tech Racing tourer, which is what has been happening over the last few years.
Finally, heres a pic showing the Sigma1 and 2 side by side: