Last year, New Jersey-based tuning company Specialty Vehicle Engineering unveiled its modern-day take on the iconic GMC Syclone sport truck, which was essentially a two-door GMC Canyon with a supercharged 5.3L V8 L83 engine, lowered suspension, aftermarket alloy wheels and other related performance add-ons. SVE’s officially licensed tuner truck is the closest thing we have to a current-day Syclone, but what would a new Syclone look like if General Motors actually decided to put the turbocharged sport truck back into production?
An artist on Instagram recently tried to answer that question by rendering his vision for a modern-day GMC Syclone. His modern take on the classic sport truck pulls heavy inspiration from the original, taking on a similarly boxy shape and incorporating the same single cab, short bed body layout. The front fascia, meanwhile, integrates a front splitter and a large front intake opening with a similar shape and grille design to the current Chevy Camaro ZL1. This design also retains the Syclone’s square headlights, but gives them a modern twist with LED headlights and indicator lights, along with matching vertical LED daytime running lights. Completing the package are the lightweight, multi-spoke gloss black alloy wheels from a Chevy Camaro ZL1, which are topped off with GMC center caps.
The designer also rendered a version of his modern-day GMC Syclone with an optional hood scoop, but says he unsure if he likes the way it looks. We prefer the regular hood, which goes better with the truck’s straight lines and simple overall design, but we wouldn’t fault anyone for preferring the more aggressive look offered by the hood scoops. This version of the Syclone was also envisioned as having a naturally aspirated 6.2L LS3 V8 engine, but we think a turbocharged V6 would be more true to form for the Syclone name, like GM’s twin-turbo 3.6L LF4 V6, for example.
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It’s highly unlikely a new GM-built Syclone will ever enter production, but if it does, should it look like this? Vote or comment below to have your say, GM fans.