Of GMC's two turbocharged early-1990s weather-event-themed monsters, the Syclone pickup is slightly more absurd. It was ! But the Typhoon SUV shouldn't be forgotten. It offered the same 4.3-liter, 280-hp turbocharged V6 in a package with room for two more passengers. And, let's face it, two-door SUVs are just rad as hell.
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We found with bidding up to $13,000 and five days left on the auction. It has under 46,000 miles on its odometer, and its condition is extraordinary for a 25-year old truck. There are no photos of the underside to show whether there's any rust, but the rest of the shots indicate good things. This looks like a car that was well kept.
The 4.3-liter V6 used in the Syclone and Typhoon was paired with a four-speed automatic transmission—no manual was available—and power was distributed between all four wheels via a transfer case borrowed from the Chevy Astro van. Considering the engine used pistons, fuel injectors and a throttle body from the Corvette, the Syclone/Typhoon were kind of the ultimate parts-bin specials.
We tested the mechanically identical Syclone as hitting 60 mph in under five seconds back in 1991. Serious numbers, even by today's standards.
But what's really remarkable is just how nice this Typhoon is. The red exterior paint takes away a little sleeper potential, but it looks so good, we don't really care. Plus, only a handful of people you encounter at stoplights will know how much power you have, regardless of paint color.
The seller is looking to get $25,000 for this Typhoon, and at the time of writing, the bidding is up to $13,000 with the reserve met. A lot of money for an old GMC truck? Yes, but it goes without saying that this isn't any old GMC truck. It's an early-1990s icon.