Like it or not, the days of small performance trucks (GMC Syclone) and SUVs (GMC Typhoon) are over. But that’s not the only way trucks have changed, since even today’s small trucks are no longer compact and are a long time away from being available Stateside. But that hasn’t prevented owners of GM’s last-gen small trucks from doing all kinds of inconceivable things to their vehicles.
Case in point: this 1996 Chevy S10 now cradles an LS1, thanks to a well-done engine swap. But you wouldn’t know it from looking at the truck from the outside: the unassuming stock white paint and tranquil wheels give this S-10 a look that’s as stock as they come. Pop the hood, and what you get is a full-blown, no-compromise LS1 with an MCP Cam, headers, and intake making somewhere in the vicinity of 400 RWHP.
The result is a tire-shredding beast that makes us lust for a performance version of the new Colorado. But seeing that GM made a chore out of bringing the new mid-sized truck to North America, we’re not going to think twice about holding our breath. But at least we have this video to fantasize about what hoonage could be done with a hi-performance Colorado: