Wednesday, March 11, 2015
10k: Isentropic Thunder: 1992 GMC Typhoon
A typhoon is a tropical cyclone that starts in the Northwestern Pacific Basin -- it is really just a geographically specific name for a cyclone or hurricane when it occurs in the Pacific. To graduate from being classified as a cyclone to typhoon requires wind speeds of at least 64 knots (74 mph) and big ones create massive destruction when they hit land (or the fool on a boat who doesn't get out of the way). Typhoons destroy roadsigns, uproot things, and generally spread panic -- and I can't think of a better name for GMC's Jimmy SUV based performance machine from the '90s. Find this 1992 GMC Typhoon offered here on craigslist for $8,000 in Hazel Park, MI.
The GMC Typhoon was the SUV version of the GMC Syclone -- both were turbo-V6 versions of a common compact truck/SUV platform with acceleration capabilities that would surprise anything on the street when new. A stormy combination of all-wheel-drive and a big displacement turbocharged engine meant the Typhoon would leave more expensive sports cars like the Ferrari 348 and Chevy Corvette sitting in its wake.
The GMC Typhoon is mostly made from basic Jimmy parts but features a Mitsubishi TD06 turbocharged 4.3 liter LB4 V6 that is rated at 280 horsepower and 360 ft-lbs of torque. However, rumor has it that stock examples would dyno at above 300 horsepower to all four wheels. With less than 5000 Typhoons built in the two years of production ('92-'93) finding a clean one is tricky, but not impossible. There is also a hideous teal example on eBay currently bidding for twice the asking price on this one.
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