I agree, the miniature turbo boost shots could never match the excitement of seeing the real car leaping through the air. But, without the special effects, we could never have had great sequences like K.I.T.T. jumping into Zachary's apartment (A GOOD KNIGHT'S WORK), saving Cara at the dam (KNIGHTMARES), or flying off the cliff in GOLIATH RETURNS.
As a side note, Turbo Boost was often used differently in Season 1, not just to leap into the air, but to leap through
something. Take a look at the jumps through other vehicles in the PILOT/KNIGHT OF THE PHOENIX, KNIGHT MOVES, and WHITE BIRD. Those jumps really were something!
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