For what it's worth, www.thebarnfloor.com
has the RTR for $659. But jmaxey is right, the stock servos are junk. Some guys barely make it past break-in before the throttle servo goes. They are not at all race-worthy.
Personally, when I got into this hobby, I bought some things second hand. I bought my radio and servos used; you rarely go wrong doing that. You can also find good deals on brand new second items. I bought my car new, but bought it from some guy on the internet and did the same with the engine. Cost me half of what it would have from a shop.