This right here, ladies and gentlemen, is the GMC Syclone in all its glory

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The GMC Syclone is undoubtedly one of the most bonkers cars ever built by GM. It could whoop a Ferrari’s ass in a straight-line race back in 1991 and just under 3,000 units were produced, all painted black - except for the Marlboro Editions, which were red and white.

In case the Syclone still has the power to unearth some nostalgia for you, here’s a video that will refresh your knowledge on the performance pickup truck.

All you need to know about the GMC Syclone is in this video

Quit Wasting Time And Learn The Real Story Behind the GMC Syclone
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Back in September 1991, Car and Driver drag raced the GMC Syclone against a Ferrari 348ts. The Syclone came on top, needing 14.1 seconds to clear the quarter-mile, 0.4 seconds quicker than the Ferrari. On a good day, the Syclone could even pull 13.4-second quarter-miles. Sure, such a duel would be a no match on a twisty track. But that doesn’t make the Syclone less rad than it already is.

Quit Wasting Time And Learn The Real Story Behind the GMC Syclone
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Powered by a turbocharged and intercooled 4.3-liter V-6, the Syclone sat on the same platform as the pedestrian GMC Sonoma quarter-ton pickup truck. Power was rated at 280 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque, which translated into a 0-60 mph sprint time of 4.3 seconds, thanks to a 4L60 four-speed automatic and a BorgWarner all-wheel-drive transfer case that downloaded the engine’s resources to all four corners.

GMC Syclone specifications
Engine turbocharged and intercooled 4.3-liter V-6
Horsepower 280 HP
Torque 350 LB-FT
0 to 60 mph 4.3 seconds
Transmission 4L60 four-speed automatic
Drivetrain BorgWarner all-wheel-drive
Quarter mile 14.1 seconds
Quit Wasting Time And Learn The Real Story Behind the GMC Syclone
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As you’ll see in the video, the Syclone was quite quirky and while it definitely packed a punch, assembly quality left a lot of room for improvement. That said, we promise you won’t get bored by the 20-minute clip below.

Tudor Rus
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Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read More
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