There are many pickups that can haul stuff around, there are also many pickups that are great offroad, but there is only one 1990s pickup that was neck and neck with the Lamborghini Diablo in a sprint to 60 mph, and that’s the General Motors Syclone.
The GMC Syclone is a high-performance version of the GMC Sonoma pickup truck. Produced in 1991 by GMC, the Syclone spawned the similarly powered 1992-1993 GMC Typhoon SUV.
|Trim||Engine||Drive Type||Trans.||0-60||1/4 Mile||Mpg EPA C/H/Observed||Source|
1991 GMC Syclone
|Regular Cab||4.3L Turbo V6||AWD||4A||5.3 sec||14.1 sec @ 93 mph||13/16/---- mpg||Car and Driver|
|Regular Cab||4.3L Turbo V6||AWD||4A||4.9 sec||13.9 sec @ 104.2 mph||13/16/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
|Regular Cab||4.3L Turbo V6||AWD||4A||5.4 sec||14.1 sec @ 98 mph||13/16/16 mpg||Motor Week|
A Brief Glimpse at the History
The GMC Syclone started life as the GMC S-10 pickup with a different body, better street performing suspension and more power then a 1992 Ferrari 348.
In 1991 Syclones were available in black only. 1992 models were to be offered in a wider range of colors before they were canceled. After 2,995 units were produced the Syclone was discontinued after just one year. Though it may have been a sales flop, the limited-production pick up has since gained the attention of automotive enthusiasts and collectors alike.
GMC Syclone Specs
- Engine: LB4 V6 engine, 4300cc displacement, 280 HP @ 4,400 RPM
- Torque: 350 ft-lbs. @ 3600 rpm
- Transmission: 4 speed automatic tourqe converter transmission
- Steering: Hydraulic power steering
- Braking System: Four-wheel power-assisted discs with abs and front ventilated discs
- Weight: 3597 lbs
- Top Speed: 126mph
- Quarter mile run: 14.1 seconds @ 93.1 MPH
- 0-60 time: 5.3 seconds
To give the Syclones performance a perspective, when new the Syclone was capable of accelerating from 0-60 mph in 5.3 seconds and could do a quarter-mile run in 14.1 seconds at 93 mph, which means that the American V6 pickup outperforms one of the fastest V12 supercars of its day, the mighty Ferrari Testarossa. While having Ferrari beating acceleration numbers, the Syclone struggles at the top end with its brick-like aerodynamic properties, the rugged pick up could reach speeds up to 126 mph. The Syclone put its power to the ground through a sophisticated 4WD system, and to help the fast pick up to stay under control it was fitted with an anti-lock system that works in conjunction with the 4-wheel drive.
Fuel consumption numbers are the following;
- City driving: 14 MPG
- Highway driving: 17 MPG
- Combined figure: 15 MPG
Because the Syclone was a “light truck” it was exempt from the strict safety rules that passenger cars had to pass. The GMC Syclone gets just one star for driver and passenger safety from the NHTSA. All Syclones come equipped with ABS, disc brakes and driver and passenger seat belts as standard. To help with traction all Syclones came with 4-wheel drive and to help improve traction further the Firestone V-speed-rated, all-season tires were developed especially for this application.
Comfort and Quality
Being a pick up truck, the Syclone leaves a lot to be desired in the comfort and the fit and finish department. The Syclone was well equipped, all came with cruise control, radio, power steering and automatic transmissions, but the materials used in the cabin are typical 1990-is General Motors, a bit cheap and a bit plasticity to say the least.
To learn more about GMC Syclone, visit the official GMC website.
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