The world of RC cars can easily be viewed as stagnant to onlookers of the hobby. But to those who know their way around hobby shops and follow what’s going on in the RC scene, there’s a lot more to it than just fast cars. Of course, there are so many different types of RC vehicles nowadays — boats, trucks, planes, drones, the fastest cars, etc — that finding exactly what you’re looking for can be a bit of a chore, albeit one filled with a lot of fun. But there’s one brand new RC car out there that checks a lot of different boxes for all different types of hobbyists: the Arrma Nero 6s BLX Monster Truck.
No, it’s not just another big, bulky monster truck that can climb over rocks and stream beds with ease, which is the typical goal of most RC monster trucks. There was a clear thought process and vision with the Arrma Nero 6s, and that vision is versatility. The 1/8 scale Arrma 6s isn’t an RC vehicle that aims its sights at one specific subgenre of RC, but at many of them at the same time. And, surprisingly, it does so successfully.
What’s most immediately noticeable about this vehicle is its speed; especially for a monster truck, this thing can book it. It claims to go over 60mph (as noted directly on the box), and we got it to go as high as 64mph on pavement. Even in an open grassy field, the speed is incredible. Sure, there are faster RC cars on the market, but as far as we know, this is the fastest RC truck currently available at a retail level. To achieve these high speeds, it uses its unique Diff Brain feature, which allows the front, center, and rear differentials to be locked individually using the Tactic TTX300 transmitter that comes with it, allowing for varying levels of speed and control. It has four different modes that are preset into the transmitter — Drift, Climb, Blast, and Wheelie — each of which can be tweaked even further with various tuning dials. I mostly default to Blast mode, which allows your Nero 6s to be handled easily and gives you the most speed, but the other modes help to provide some versatility to this monster truck that makes it feel more like a high-end RC car that can do monster truck things. But each mode has its own purposes and unique feel, and different types of RC drivers will find different modes most enjoyable.
Aside from its impressive speed, it’s what’s under the hood that’s most impressive. It has a unique design unlike any monster truck we’ve seen, in that it has shocks in the rear and front axles, giving the truck a noticeably springy aspect. What’s more, the shocks aren’t standing-up, but are instead, horizontal. In fact, if you just lightly push down on the center of its chassis slightly, you’ll notice the entire truck being pushed down and springing back into place with ease. It’s this design perk that allows the Blast mode to give the Arrma Nero 6s a truggy-esque feel when you’re driving it. In fact, it has a design that feels inspired by the Batman Tumbler, and although it looks great with the body on as well, it looks even cooler with the cover off, sporting an aggressive look.
Under-the-hood, so-to-speak, you’ll also find the two battery compartments that hold the two 6s LiPo batteries required to power this baby. With two 5400mAh 11.1v 50C 60Wh batteries in tow, we had our RC car running (mostly) at full speed for over 25 minutes before we started to notice some performance issues due to the drained batteries. After 30 minutes, they were ready to be changed out.
The Nero 6s utilize’s Arrma’s most powerful motors, using a 2000Kb sensorless motor and a 150-amp speed control mechanism. It also has a fan cooler to keep that electric motor running cool for the ultimate performance. It’s connected to the batteries using big XT90 connectors that you’ll also use to charge the batteries.
Despite its intimidating design, it’s just as easy to repair/tweak as needed. And, thanks to the nature of this beast, you will get some bumps and bruises along the way. Luckily, the Nero 6s comes with all of the necessary repair manuals, extensive parts list, a maintenance schedule, and a few tools to help you get the job done.
Best of all, the Nero 6s comes ready-to-go, aside from having the batteries installed (which takes 20 seconds in total, thanks to the push button mechanisms used on the battery covers. Each battery compartment also has battery spacers included to help keep the battery in place while in motion. You’ll also want to install the 17-tooth gear (included) if you want to get your Nero over 60mph, but it’s an easy swap and there are instructions for doing so.
When it comes down to it, there’s not much else to say about the Arrma Nero 6s other than the fact that it’s simply a beast. It’s a rare combination of speed and engineering delivered in a monster truck package that makes it such a unique RC truck. Whether you’re looking for speed, drifting ability, tricking, or you’re looking to take it on some trails with you, the Nero 6s will quickly become your favorite RC car in your arsenal. Its power is second to none in its class, and you’ll be slangin’ dirt left and right in its various modes. Although it admittedly has a hefty price tag to go along with it, the Nero 6s is packed with so many features and it’s so incredibly fun to drive that you’ll forget that it costs as much as your rent.
- Powerful Motor
- Rear and Front shocks
- Impressive chassis
- Quality parts and build
- Diff Brain Technology
Overall: 9.4 out of 10