The new Yukon can spin almost in place, baking up perfect donuts every time.
Remember Rivian's "Tank Turn" demonstration last year? The EV startup released a video in December showing off a nifty feature of its forthcoming R1T electric pickup truck - one that allows it to spin in place like a top, or a riding mower. Only, you know, without the grass-cutting blades.
That feature is facilitated by the R1T's four individual wheel motors, which allow the two inside wheels to rotate in the direction opposite the outside wheels' direction of rotation.
Needless to say, the all-new 2021 GMC Yukon revealed this week has no such powertrain, instead making do with a good old single gas engine and four-wheel drive. Considering that, we've no idea how it could ever hope to manage a similar feat, yet its "Hurricane Turn" mode sounds awfully close.
The 2021 Yukon's "Hurricane Turn" is activated automatically when the driver takes the following actions, according to Motor Trend: deactivates stability control, cranks the wheel in either direction, and stands on the accelerator pedal. So long as the SUV is on a loose surface like dirt or gravel, an electronic control module uses individual wheel braking to slow the inside wheels, sending more rotational speed to the outside and allowing it to pivot about the front axle.
Keep digging into the throttle, and the radius of the turn will continually decrease to near-zero. It's sort of like an automated "donut mode," if you like, which puts it on about an even coolness level with the Ford Focus RS's bonkers "Drift Mode".
If there is more sorcery at play here - perhaps something to do with its electronic limited-slip differential - GMC isn't spilling; the automaker is waiting for a later date before revealing more about the 2021 Yukon's Hurricane Turn mode. Nor is it known whether Hurricane Turn will be available on every 2021 GMC Yukon model, or only with the rugged AT4 all-terrain trim.
Regardless, it's an undeniably cool feature, and one that we hope to see more of on future product lines.