I saw a press release and for a short time the truck was featured on the savage X SS HPI webpage and now its gone. The model number was HPI 104284. Here is a link to the press release: http://www.hpiracing.com/press/104284.html
Anyone have an idea why this disappeared? Did anyone buy one or were they ever available?
I would say none sold or very little at least. People who have experience with these truck know the 5.9 is a low quality, underpowered engine. I have a axial 32rr1 (same engine basically) and my f 4.6 will spank it. In fact my friend had a savage xl and at the time I had made an x into an xl with the f 4.6. I could out run that truck with my 4.6. But keep in mind the SSS 4.6 is also based on the k series engines and the f4.6 will also outrun that engine.
I made the thread because I was wondering what their reason was for discontinuing it. But with the logic above they wouldn't put the 5.9 in the savage XL and would put the 4.6 in it instead. The 5.9 isn't popular or anything but none of the HPI engines are powerhouses. It seemed logical to me at the time that there would be a group of people who want that engine since a good chunk of people still don't swap engines out the first second they buy a kit.
the 5.9 in the savage xss would be a slow savage. when compared to a decent 28 like the rtr savage's f4.6. people who bought the 5.9 xss would have been pretty discouraged when the rtr 28 turns out to be faster. so once again i would say their resoning would be lack of sales as stated above.
I personally dont think the 5.9 is that bad of an Engine. I have a Monster GT that i truck pull and there is a savage XL that runs in the class for fun since we have a .30 engine limit; but that stock K5.9 will outpull a Novarossi .28 by a decent bit now that he has it setup right. I've also seen him run it some and its no slouch. Very peppy engine. Lots of torque too. Id sure like to find someone who had a 5.9 that they really disliked and would get rid of cheap; but for some reason you cant find them cheap even though everyone seemingly hates them?