This is what GMC needs to be fun again.
Specialty Vehicle Engineering’s tagline reads: ‘Creating Tomorrow’s Classics Today!’ When it comes to the 2019 455 horsepower Syclone they recently created, they may well just be right. This awesome vehicle is based on the 2019 GMC Canyon extended cab truck and comes in either 2WD or 4WD variants, with only 100 of them slated to be built.
It draws its inspiration from the original 1991 GMC Syclone, a truck that produced 280 hp from its 4.3-liter turbocharged V6 and could outdrag a contemporary Ferrari.
The 2019 Syclone comes equipped with a 3.6-liter V6 that SVE supercharges to get that 455 hp headline figure before installing bigger brakes and a sport suspension package to ensure it turns and stops better too. In case you weren't around for it, bear in mind that another classic American performance icon of the ‘90s was the GMC Typhoon, essentially an SUV equivalent to the Syclone truck.
It had the same 280 hp motor and supercar-embarrassing performance, and with so many overpowered SUVs out there, the time may be right for a modern version of the Typhoon. Motor1 recently showed SVE a rendering of what they thought a 2019 Chevy Blazer-based Typhoon could look like.
An SVE spokesperson was enthusiastic about such a vehicle making it into production but said that it would only happen if General Motors were to offer a GMC version of the Chevy Blazer first. Another option might be to use the Acadia instead since it shares the Blazer’s platform and has the blockier proportions that were so integral to the appeal of the original.
SVE could carry out the same modifications to the Acadia’s 3.6-liter V6 motor that it has already done to the Syclone, with the lowered suspension and sportier wheels completing the package. All we need now is for someone to mock up a quick render and convince the folks at Specialty Vehicle Engineering that this thing needs to become a reality.