Tamiya Grasshopper II 2017

The Grasshopper II is an update to the original Grasshopper from Tamiya. Now, the re-release is back! Let's take a look.


A Re-Release of an Updated Grasshopper

The Grasshopper II was introduced in the late 80's as an upgrade to the original. With its streamlined design and easy building steps, the Grasshopper II is great for new builders and seasoned rc drivers wanting to return to their roots. The Grasshopper II comes with friction dampers, bushings instead of ball bearings, a TBLE-02S ESC, a 380-sized brushed motor, and an ABS plastic body. The Tamiya Grasshopper II is priced under $100 and is currently shipping.


  • Rugged ABS resin bathtub chassis.
  • 2WD.
  • 380 brushed motor.
  • TBLE-02S ESC, compatible with brushed and brushless motors.
  • Durable polystyrene resin body with driver figure.
  • Plastic friction dampers.
  • Direct-servo steering.
  • Independent front/solid axle rear suspension.
  • Solid axle driveline.
  • Fully enclosed rear gearbox with gear diffs for smooth cornering.
  • Front ribbed tires give great straight-away grip. Rear spike tires provide powerful “drive.”
  • Includes one-piece 8-spoke lightweight wheels.
  • Compatible with hop-ups like Type 540 motors and CVA mini oil dampers.
  • Adjustable front toe-in.
  • Plastic bushings.

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Last edited by Matt Gunn; Apr 11, 2017 at 01:06 PM..
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Apr 11, 2017, 02:38 PM
I hate waiting for parts
Mike_Then's Avatar
Yep, I got my email the other day stating these were now available. I dunno... I think it's nice-looking but I still like the original better. Keep 'em coming Tamiya!
Apr 11, 2017, 08:20 PM
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stoneenforcer's Avatar
same here, I like the original much better. as far as this G2, there is no performance increase to it. just different cosmetics that aren't very appealing imo
Apr 11, 2017, 08:54 PM
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fastmax's Avatar
Definitely nice to see more re-re's coming out, but I'm with y'all on this one. The original is the best looking in the Grasshopper family.
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Apr 13, 2017, 09:16 AM
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Love Tamiya!
Apr 13, 2017, 05:37 PM
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Just took my original Grasshopper re-release "for a walk" the other day (we're not allowed to have dogs in our apartment building, so I take my cars out with me when my wife and I go for walks). Nothing better than charging up a 3000mah NiMH and having it last the hour long walk no issues.
Apr 14, 2017, 09:57 AM
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Wow the old Grasshopper, now that was a fun car back in the day. Back in ye olden times.
Apr 14, 2017, 01:25 PM
I like it but I prefer the looks of the original and I don't need another car that handles terribly with anything more potent than a 380 motor. They are great fun with a 380 but even adding 540 silver can means it will be on its roof a lot and those hard shells scar quickly and permanently.

It's a shame they didn't use the DT-01 chassis for this because it fixed a lot of the problems with the hopper/hornet chassis, the DT-01 is still crude but you can at least tackle corners at high speed and feather the throttle to get a balance between over and understeer. I find with my hopper if I try to corner fast it flips over and if I try to slow down it also flips over lol! It's amazing how slow you have to get before the inertia can't flip the car over. The DT-01 will still bump steer and spin out but it will usually be on it's wheels at the end of it so you don't ruin the shell or need to go and turn it back over.

I have got a plan though, the mad bull shell (DT-01) is virtually identical to the Grasshopper 2 shell so I could dress up a mad bull shell with GH2 decals and put the shell on my fighter buggy RX (also DT-01) and hey presto, Grasshopper 2 with much better handling!
Apr 17, 2017, 09:47 PM
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Ahhh the good old days , I think this was released along with Wild Willie ! At the same time Associated had there starte of the art car that for me was the benchmark of quality in its day !
I had the Willie and my future brother in law had the Grasshopper .

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