Sunday, March 16, 2014

15k: Low Mile: 1991 GMC Syclone

The GMC Syclone was a factory hot rod version of the GMC Sonoma pickup truck, built only in the 1991 model year.  The Syclone featured 4 wheel disc brakes, a turbocharged V6 and all-wheel-drive..but the best part is that unlike every other pickup ever was actually fast. Find this 1991 GMC Syclone currently bidding for $15,500 reserve not met with 1 day to go located in Denver, CO.

The entire production run of 2,995 Syclones were only available in black and subsequent years were to offer more colors/options, but GM put the brakes on the crazy pickup sales after a single model year (although technically three examples left with 1992 model year vin). 

The Syclone was powered by a 4.3 liter LB4 V6 with MHI TD06 turbocharger and a water-to-air intercooler.  The LB4 puts out 280 horsepower and 350 ft-lbs of torque, enough to launch its 4X4 chassis from 0-60mph in 5.3 seconds and embarrass Ferrari 348 owners when new.

The inside of this Syclone looks great, and it should because this one has only 30k miles on the odometer.  It will be interesting to see where the bidding ends on this one because it should represent the very top of the Syclone market.

See another tire spinning 90s classic?


  1. I test drove one of these about 17 years ago, back when there was no way I could afford it. Don't care if it is a one-trick pony, nor that it is a tarted-up 1st gen Sonoma. It is an AWD platform with the legendary GN engine, and that makes it the bomb-diggity.

  2. Believe it or not, the Syclone/Typhoon turbo V6 was not related to the GN/GNX/TA Anniversary engine, though perhaps some of the learning was applied.

  3. One would think that having an additional half liter of displacement over the GN platform (3.8 to 4.3) would have allowed for great power numbers for the Syclone... if you believe advertising anyway. Maybe it was a Reduced Boost + Bigger Displacement = Better Emissions kind of thing.

  4. came with discs up front and drums in the rear, not 4 wheel discs.


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