Back in 1991 GMC showed the world what the future of performance trucks could be by cramming a turbocharged six-cylinder into a two-door Sonoma. They added a rear-biased all-wheel-drive system and marketed the concoction as the Syclone. Special Vehicle Engineering (SVE) is reviving the Syclone, and given that SVE is best known for building 1,000 horsepower Yenko Camaros and Corvettes, this truck promises to be just as revolutionary.
Technically, the truck’s not a Syclone, though GMC did give it’s blessing for SVE to use the name. The new Syclone starts out as a 2019 GMC Canyon extended cab. SVE adds in a 3.6-litre V6 that comes with either rear- or all-wheel drive. The supercharged version of the engine pumps up the output from the original 308 horsepower to 455 horsepower, with 425 lb-ft of torque.
You’re going to need better brakes with that much additional power, so SVE geared up the truck with upgraded brakes, along with a sport suspension that leaves the Syclone sitting two inches lower in the front and 5 in the back. SVE also added in a rear anti-roll bar and a dual cat-back sports exhaust.
A build like this doesn’t come cheap. In addition to the USD$35,000 sticker price for the Canyon, you’ll have to put down an additional USD$39,995 with a required USD$5,000 deposit.