The first-generation GMC Syclone is a classic, rocking sports car levels of performance, stuffed into a pickup truck body style. Well-kept examples of the first-gen Syclone are highly sought-after by collectors, but what about those enthusiasts that want all the charms of the original Syclone, plus the performance and refinement of today? For folks like that, Specialty Vehicle Engineering (SVE) has a solution with its new 2021 GMC Syclone.
SVE has been teasing this thing for a while now, but recently unveiled the new pickup in all its glory. Let’s hit the big numbers first. This super truck is tuned to produce 750 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque, all thanks to a blown 5.3L V8 L83 engine. The ‘eight was blueprinted and fitted with a race-spec rotating assembly, which includes a forged 1538MV twisted steel crankshaft. There’s also forged H-beam rods, forged aluminum pistons, and modified heads, plus head and main studs from ARP.
It’s a beefy combo, which makes sense considering the 2021 GMC Syclone’s centrifugal supercharger, which was developed by SVE. The blower sends boost through an air-to-water intercooler, while spent gasses are piped through a custom steel exhaust and high-flow cats
With so much power on tap, SVE wisely keeps this thing pinned down thanks to full-time AWD, similar to the original GMC Syclone.
All that goodness is stuffed into a 2021 GMC Canyon in an extended cab / short bed body configuration. The exterior mimics the original Syclone with black paint and red badging. A prominent “Syclone” script was added to the doors, and there are red brake calipers hiding under a set of curvaceous rims. Even the wheels get some styling that’s reminiscent of the original super truck.
Moving inside, SVE is offering optional leather seating in two factory colors, including with red and white stitching on black seats, and black and white stitching on Cocoa Dune seats.
Critically, SVE is gonna make just 50 examples of its new 2021 GMC Syclone. Note that the blown V8 engine is not emissions legal in California.
Source: Specialty Vehicle Engineering