2023 GMC Syclone, smart design brings this performance icon to life

2023 GMC Syclone, smart design brings this performance icon to life


GM took a hit in the early 90s by introducing GMC Cyclone, a small high-performance car capable of competing with several big-name sports cars. It was the first time that the manufacturer sold a sports car. The GMC Hurricane was a small pickup truck, according to Sonoma. The model was sold from 1991 for a short time. About 3,000 examples were built between 1991 and 1992.

There was also the GMC Hurricane, a model with the same mechanics, but presented as an SUV as it was assembled on the basis of the GMC Jimmy. It will be remembered that the famous actor Clint Eastwood owned one.

A very successful modern version

Nostalgics will surely remember this tandem and the impact it had created on the market. Talented artist Timothy Adry Emmanuel (adry53customs) recently released a series of clicks for Hotcars.com featuring a modern rendering of the 2023 GMC Syclone with a supercharged V8 engine to compete with other current high-performance models.

We must admit that the artist has done a lot of work. The model is very successful and takes styling cues from current GMC models, especially the Sierra. Obviously there would be buyers if GM ever decided to bring it to market, perhaps as a high-performance electric pickup truck.

A look back at the 1991 GMC Syclone

At the heart of the GMC Syclone’s performance at the time was a 4.3-liter Vortec V6 turbo engine that produced 280 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque. Paired with a 4-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive, it can go from 0 to 100 km/h in about 4.3 seconds, a record for a pickup truck. It was a real rocket at that time.

These horsepower numbers may seem ridiculous these days, but it’s important to put them in the context of the times. The Porsche 911 or the Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1 offered similar performance, so it was a breakthrough from a pickup truck. GM was definitely ahead of its time with the GMC Syclone, a car as unique as the Buick Grand National.

RPM test

The ideas of amateurs will never cease to amaze us, and some of these drawings deserve to be highlighted. This one from GMC Syclone takes us back to when supercars dominated the automotive landscape, for better and for worse.