1991 GMC Cyclone is the Turbocharged Small Pickup Truck of Your Dreams


Nothing like a turbo V6 stuffed under the hood.

Remember back in the day, let’s say the early 1990s, when small pickup trucks were still wildly popular? Heck, some of you may not have even been born yet. Compact pickups were once a common sight in the US. Examples included the old GMC Sonoma/Chevy S-10, the ancestors of today’s now midsize Canyon/Colorado twins. Back in 1991, however, GMC tried something a little different. It actually had the balls to build the Cyclone, a high-performance version of the Sonoma. Just 2,995 examples were made.

In short, at the time of its production the Cyclone was the fastest stock pickup truck in the world. The formula GMC went with was very simple: A 4.3-liter turbocharged V6, courtesy of Mitsubishi, was bolted in and paired with a four-speed automatic sending power to all four wheels, but with a rear wheel bias. A total of 280 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque was produced, and it had a 0-60 mph time of 4.3 seconds. It did the quarter mile in 13.6 seconds at 93 mph. And it was offered only in black. An instant collectible, these come up for auction every now and then. Mecum is offering a ’91 Cyclone with just 7,436 miles on the clock at its upcoming January auction. It’s in impeccable condition and has no reserve.

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