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1991 GMC Syclone – Saluting the Original Sport Truck

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Okay, I’ll admit it. I just flat-out dig the 1991 GMC Syclone. It is not remotely practical, an odd statement for a pickup truck. But the GMC Syclone's brazen dedication to performance is exactly what is so endearing, and it challenges you to forget any preconceived notion you have of trucks. It lacks ground clearance, you can barely put anything in the bed, and you certainly can’t tow anything.

But what the GMC Syclone lacks in practicality it makes up for in badassness. All wheel drive and a turbo can make just about anything cool. But what is so special about the Syclone is that it existed in an era when not every manufacturer had such capabilities. Matter of fact, it was outrunning many sports cars thanks to a Garrett air-to-water intercooler, Mitsubishi turbocharger, and a Tuned Port Injection 4.3L V-6. While the old 90-degree V-6 was no engineering marvel, you add Tuned Port Injection and a healthy turbo system and it becomes an animal with 280hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. But the all wheel drive system is what put it over the edge. The Syclone would hook up anywhere. Literally anywhere, which is what made it such a beast on the street.

Case in point – "Syclone Annihilates a Z06 Corvette":

Better yet, a GMC Syclone will hook up on pretty much any track, too. And with some work (larger turbo, suspension, converter, etc) you can go low 10s and even high 9s on a consistent basis without ditching the factory block.

And if you are a baller, you can do some really cool stuff. Like set records.

*Click here for a full feature on this Swedish street terror.

Handling? Sure, they were designed to do that, too. The GMC Syclone received unique leaf springs and a number of suspension upgrades from the factory. But of course you can take it even further than that to build a radical, death-defying hill-climber and top-speed racer known as Syborg.

And for all wheel drive haters, yes they can do burnouts, too.

But what the GMC Syclone does even better than that is the coolest donuts you’ll ever see. (Pardon the language towards the end.)

And on occasion they even make really great cameo appearances on sit-coms.

Last but not least I'd like to leave you with the original commercial. Truly, the 1991 GMC Syclone truck was ahead of its time.



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