• The Technic Super Cars: A History & Comparison

    Compiled by ra226. Updated 18 October 2012. Contains 6 sets.
    The features of the Technic Super Cars from introduction to present (covering 1977 to 2011). This list is intended to hilight the features that made each set unique, and to illustrate how the line has evolved over the years. It's also geared more toward the technical features, so the Ferarri Racers and several other similar vehicles are excluded as they are more about form than function.

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853: Car Chassis

10 reviews
Pieces
601
Packaging
Box
Availability
Retail
Related sets
European version of 956-1
Bricklist notes
Features:

- Inline 4 Cylinder Engine with Moving Pistons
- Rack & Pinion Steering
- 2 Speed Gear Box
- Movable Seats

The first of what was to become a great legacy, the classic Car Chassis was introduced in 1977 as part of Lego's brand new Technic line. This model pre-dates many parts we now take for granted including the steering linkage and engine cylinder blocks--in this set, these components are pure, old-school Technic plates, axles, and bushings.

While it lacks a differential, this model remains a favorite of many, known for its easy customization and innovative use of the very limited parts selection of that period.
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8860: Car Chassis

25 reviews
Pieces
668
RRP
$59
Packaging
Box
Availability
Retail
Bricklist notes
Features:

- Flat 4 Cylinder Engine with Moving Pistons and Belt-driven Fan
- Rack & Pinion Steering
- 3 Speed Gear Box
- Rear Differential
- Rear Suspension
- Movable Seats, with Ratcheting Tilt

Introduced in 1980, only three years after the original, the new Car Chassis introduced several improvements including suspension and a differential. Again, the engine and steering are entirely brick-built as the parts simply hadn't been invented yet.
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8865: Test Car

11 reviews
Pieces
900
Packaging
Box
Availability
Retail
Bricklist notes
Features:

- V-4 Engine with Moving Pistons
- Rack & Pinion Steering
- 3 Speed + Neutral Gear Box
- Rear Differential
- Front & Rear Suspension
- Pop-up Headlights
- Movable Seats
- Body Styling

1988's offering was the first to include a rudimentary effort at body styling, but there were still plenty of great features under that shell, too. The 3 Speed + Neutral gear box was the most advanced yet, we got pop-up headlights, and we finally got full front and rear suspension. The introduction of the steering linkage, among other parts, helped make this possible.
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8880: Super Car

21 reviews
Pieces
1343
RRP
$130
Packaging
Box
Availability
Retail
Instructions
Yes
Bricklist notes
Features:

- V-8 Engine with Moving Pistons and Chain Drive
- 4-Wheel Drive
- Front, Rear, and Mid Differentials
- 4-Wheel Rack & Pinion Steering
- 4 Speed Gear Box
- Front & Rear Suspension
- Pop-up Headlights
- Body Styling
- Hinged Engine Hatch

The Super Car released in 1994 was what many consider the best Super Car of all time, even over the newer models. This model represents a definite leap in design from the 6 years prior. The brand new clutch parts enable a more compact and functional 4-speed gear box, and the piston/cylinder blocks allow for a V-8 engine small enough to fit in the same space the previous model's V-4 required. As if these weren't enough, for the first time, we got 4 Wheel Drive and 4 Wheel Steering. No Super Car had ever had this many features packed into a single frame (and arguably none have since).
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8448: Super Street Sensation

21 reviews
Pieces
1437
RRP
$130
Packaging
Box
Availability
Retail
Instructions
Yes
Bricklist notes
Features:

- V-8 Engine with Moving Pistons
- Rack & Pinion Steering
- Rear Differential
- 5 Speed + Reverse Gear Box
- Front & Rear Suspension
- Detailed Body Styling
- Optional Gull Wing doors with Hinged Trunk or Convertible

In 1999, Lego changed directions with the Super Car line. While the '94 Super Car was more feature-packed than ever, it still looked primitive and blocky. The major innovations this year were the introduction of studless technic beams, flexible axles, and paneling. The result is a much more streamlined model which looks distinctly modern compared to the Super Car from just 5 years before (though 4WD and 4WS are no longer present). Aside from the body work, most of the changes are evolutionary. The new gear box is based on the same technology in the previous model albeit expanded to add a 5th gear and Reverse.

Also introduced with this Super Car was a modular building system where you'd open numbered bags and build one section at a time from those parts. Towards the end of the build, you were given options for a convertible hard top or gull wing doors (both of which used the new damper piston to soften the movement).
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8070: Super Car

12 reviews
Pieces
1281
RRP
$119.99, £99.99, €109.99
Packaging
Box
Availability
Retail
Instructions
Yes
Bricklist notes
Features:

- V-8 Engine with Moving Pistons
- Integrated "Power Functions" Electric Motor
- Electric Doors, Hood, & Spoiler (controlled via Gear Box)
- Rear Differential
- Front & Rear Suspension
- Detailed Body Styling

The latest super car, from 2011, continues on the same course as the previous one, trading technical functionality for styling and other interesting features. Notably missing are a gear box transmission and a connection between the steering and the wheel on the dash (on this model, the dash is decorative and steering is via a knob at the back of the car). While it does have a gear box similar to the previous model, it puts it to completely different use, directing the electric motor power to the doors, hood, and spoiler. The body styling has evolved to look even more realistic with even more curves.

This Super Car also represents the first time the electric system was included in the package (the previous Super Cars had instructions to integrate a motor accessory purchased separately).
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2933 own this set, 1102 want it.