Kyosho Scorpion


The Kyosho Scorpion has been around for quite sometime, but I think it deserves another look.

The Kyosho Scorpion is a 1/10 scale 2wd electric buggy kit that does require some assembly. Kyosho has already done some of assembly work for us by providing assembled shocks (need oil), assembled differential, and most of the gears are already mounted to/in the gear box. Front and rear tires are already mounted to the rims, though they still need to be glued.

The coolest thing about the Scorpion, in my opinion, in the realistic trailing arm suspension. The suspension resembles the suspension of a full scale VW based rail buggy. This is so cool looking. You just can’t get this look from a typical 1/10 scale racing buggy. The suspension arms are made from cast aluminum and they are dressed out very nicely. The casting marks have been ground and there’s even a slight polish added. While the suspension looks amazing, I wouldn’t exactly prefer it for racing, but then again, this buggy wasn’t made for racing. This buggy is intended to look awesome in the dirt or on the shelf. I’d say it does its job!

The Scorpion’s rims are plastic with an aluminum finish, and they look sweet! The aggressive rear tires add a lot to the appearance of the Sporpion. I just love the large knobbies. This buggy screams of the 80s!

The aluminum body shocks are super smooth and there is an adjustable ride height plastic preload collar.

A sealed gear differential can be found in the gearbox along with an idler gear. On the outside of the gearbox is an adjustable slipper clutch and gear reduction spur gear. While the Scorpion doesn’t have an adjustable motor mount, it does give you the choice between a 6.9:1 or 8.3:1 gear ratio. This is accomplished by replacing the motor pinion gear and the spur gear. When using the 31 tooth motor pinion, you must use the 38 tooth spur gear. This gives a gear ratio of 6.9:1. If using the 28 tooth pinion, you must use the 41 tooth spur gear, which will provide a 8.3:1 gear ratio. At least we have the option to gear down if we want to.

The Scorpion uses a hard plastic tub chassis with a lexan upper body half. The tub chassis rides on two square aluminum frame rails. The entire backbone of the scorpion in aluminum with a plastic tub chassis to hold the electronics (electronics not included). While the tub chassis may appear to be water proof, it is not. There are way too many openings for water to enter to be water proof, although it might be considered splash proof. Just to be safe, I’ll go around the puddles, just like momma taught me.

The upper body is mounted to the roll cage, which makes it a bit tricky to remove. After unsnapping the roll cage from the rear cage and aluminum roll bar, you still have to squeeze the front portion of the body out from between the front shock towers. This wouldn’t be bad if there weren’t two screws that tend to scrape along side of the nose of the body. I suspect over time this will damage the decals on the body. The good news is you shouldn’t have to remove the body too much after you’ve installed the electronics.

The battery compartment is located on the underside of the Scorpion. A hard plastic battery door can be removed after taking out a single body clip and then sliding the door to the rear. The front of the door slides under an aluminum bracket, holding the front of the battery door tightly in place. The battery compartment will hold a typical sized battery pack, like the Venom 5000mAh 2S LIPO pack I’ll be using.

As mentioned earlier, the Scorpion doesn’t include any electronics or batteries. You must supply the radio, radio batteries, receiver, steering servo, ESC, motor, battery pack, and battery pack charger.

I’ll be using a Novak Vulcan 17.5 turn brushless sensored motor with a Tekin RS Spec brushless sensored ESC. For the radio, I’ll be using a Spektrum RX and TX and I think a Savox SC-1267 steering servo will work perfectly for bashing around the yard and track. I’ve chosen a Venom 2S 5000mAh 60C LIPO battery pack for the juice. I’ve chosen this pack because of its bullet plug style of power leads.

I enjoyed driving the Kyosho Scorpion around the local outdoor track, but that’s not where I had the most fun with this buggy. The Kyosho Scorpion really got my attention when I tried climbing a few steep mounds. Because the Scorpion looks so much like a full sized VW rail buggy, it was awesome watching it perform the same tasks, like hill climbing.

With all the aluminum suspension parts, the Scorpion clearly wasn’t designed to be a racing buggy, and that’s perfectly fine. The Scorpion was created to be super fun and realistic looking. They nailed it! This thing is pure eye candy, especially when hill climbing.

The aggressive knobby rear tires did a really good job finding traction, while clawing at the dirt. I did notice quite a bit of understeer though. The ribbed front tires just weren’t able to get enough grip on the hard packed dusty track. Long sweeping turns were still predictable and could be made at nearly full throttle.

I think the 17.5 turn brushless power system is the perfect setup for this buggy. It’s plenty of fun, and the drivetrain handled the power perfectly.

The main reason this buggy is so special is its realistic aluminum suspension design. The trailing arms look just like a full scale rail buggy. I really like this buggy and I suspect it will be climbing many more hills in the future. In the mean time, I’ll get it cleaned back up and proudly display it on my shelf.


Closer Look Video

Chosen Electronics

Running Video


Kyosho America
20322 Valencia Circle
Lake Forest, CA. 92630-8158
949 454 8854



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