The original 1990s Syclone would be proud.
The original GMC Syclone was not your ordinary small truck. Its 4.3-liter turbocharged V6 enabled it to hit 60 mph in just 4.3 seconds in the early 1990s, which made it not just way faster than any other truck, but quicker than most sports cars of the time, too. But what would a GMC Syclone look like in 2020? Well, thanks to Specialty Vehicle Engineering in Florida, we need not wonder any longer.
As promised earlier this month, the tuning company has revealed all the juicy details of its 2021 GMC Syclone high-performance truck, which is based on the 2021 GMC Canyon midsize pickup. Not that the new Canyon you can buy at a GMC dealership is anything like the latest Syclone, which packs 750 horsepower!
The 2021 Syclone uses a 5.3-liter supercharged V8 engine which directs its mammoth power to all four wheels. Along with 750 horses, the motor has 600 lb-ft of torque to play with. The L83 V8 - in its basic form - does duty in the likes of the GMC Yukon and Chevrolet Suburban. Besides the supercharger, it also gains upgraded injectors and cylinder heads. An upgraded eight-speed automatic transmission is used and, although no performance claims are made, it'll obviously destroy the stock Canyon off the line.
It's not only fast but looks the part too. The external upgrades include 20-inch forged alloy wheels, a lowered suspension, a composite hood insert, and dual tailpipes for the stainless steel exhaust system. Oh, and the Syclone insignia is impossible to miss. In the racier cabin, the seats are embroidered with 'Syclone V8 Supercharged' and there is available leather seat trim with black/red stitching.
Basing the new Syclone on the Canyon extended cab/short cab variant was a smart choice, as it not only weighs less than the crew cab version but looks a lot sportier as well. And, with its full-time all-wheel-drive system, the latest Syclone is a clear nod to the 90s original.
If the Syclone looks like the kind of truck for you, you'd better move fast as only 50 examples will be made. It could be the perfect weapon for hunting down F-150 Raptors, as long as the battle doesn't head off the asphalt at any point. Worth pointing out is that the new Syclone isn't emission-legal in California - there, it can only be used as part of dedicated motorsport racing events.