I have the Monsoon XTR, so I can't compare exactly but off road, grass, dirt, or anything else is handled well by this platform. It almost has the clearance of a monster truck with the handling of a stadium truck. It's very hard to roll it over due to its wide wheelbase. One negative is there are very few gearing options "if any" when considering going bigger with the tires. The nitro version is already geared very low. 2 or 3 teeth more on the clutch bell would be perfect and reduce some of the in your face torque that the XTR has while adding a bit more top speed that it needs. Adding bigger tires would only increase the low end and make it worse.