GMC Syclone - The 90s’ Performance Truck That We Need Today!
Pickup trucks were always bareboned and were meant to be used as work vehicles. We saw a lot of performance, off-road trucks now, but there weren’t a lot of such options back in the day. Many automakers gave this a shot and no matter how good they were, they never made it big. One of the most prominent performance trucks from back in the day is the GMC Syclone.
The Syclone hit the automotive scene in 1991 and took everyone by surprise. Not a lot of people could fathom a truck that could take on, or probably even take down some of the most beloved supercars from that era. With performance specs that are impressive even three decades later, the GMC Syclone is the truck that the world needs today.
GM Debuting Two New Crossovers at Detroit
General Motors is set to debut two, all-new crossovers at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit come January. The news comes from a source with knowledge of GM’s plans who spoke under anonymity to Automotive News. The two crossers will be the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse and 2017 GMC Terrain.
The two family friendly vehicles are the oldest crossovers the GM’s fleet, with both dating back to GM’s 2009 bankruptcy days. In the years since, GM has focused on improving its pickup truck, large SUV, and sedan lineups. Attention has now turned to crossovers.
The first member of GM’s new generation of crossover is already selling at dealerships: the 2017 GMC Acadia. It rides on the C1XX platform shared with the 2017 Cadillac XT5. The 2017, second-generation Acadia is smaller than its predecessor, but still has three rows of seating for up to seven passengers. The same platform update is expected for the next generation Chevy Traverse, however it’s expected to retain its larger size.
As for the GMC Terrain, it will debut with a new platform shared with recently released 2018 Chevy Equinox. Both are likely to share the same powertrain options, which include a 1.5-liter turbo-four, a 2.0-liter turbo-four, and a 1.6-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder.
These updated crossovers should find great success as consumer trends have shifted towards crossovers. Even at their current age, GM sold 119,945 Traverses and 112,030 Terrains in 2015.
The Detroit Auto Show will take place January 8 through 22, with the most debuts happening Monday, January 9 and Tuesday, January 10. TopSpeed will be covering the show in force, so stick around for all the latest releases.
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The 2016 Truck Rodeo: The Full Results
By now you’ve probably read how the 2017 Ford Super Duty was crowned the Truck of Texas and that the 2017 Nissan Armada won the SUV of Texas. But the Super Duty and Armada were far from the only winners at this year’s Truck Rodeo put on by the Texas Auto Writers Association.
More than 70 journalists and social media influencers descended upon the 1,623-acre Longhorn River Ranch in Dripping Springs, Texas to test approximately 71 pickup trucks, SUVs, crossovers, and commercial vehicles in TAWA’s annual event.
A total of 17 categories grouped the vehicles with their competition, ranging from compact crossovers and full-size SUVs to Off-Road pickups. Other categories included best connectivity, best technology, and best powertrain.
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The 1992 GMC Sonoma GT is Old-School Cool: Video
Fans of performance pickups will undoubtedly know the 1991 GMC Syclone – the tuborcharged, V-6 compact pickup with AWD that rivaled the C4 Corvette in acceleration. But the Syclone was a compromised truck whose payload and towing capabilities were socked in favor of performance stats. The remedy was this – the 1992 GMC Sonoma GT.
It wasn’t nearly as fast as the Syclone, mostly due to the missing turbocharger and AWD system, but the Sonoma GT still rocked a similar monochromatic color scheme with a lowered stance and wide aero bits down low. And because the Sonoma GT wasn’t built for the track, it retained the towing and payload ratings of the standard V-6 Sonoma. And on that topic, you’ll hear Motor Week say the Sonoma can tow 9,500 pounds. That’s most certainly a typo in the John’s script. A quick search suggests the V-6 Sonoma could pull roughly 6,000 pounds with the Z82 trailer package.
That aside, the Sonoma GT came powered by an up-rated 4.3-liter Vortec V-6 making 195 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. It came backed by the 4L60 four-speed automatic transmission with a console shifter. A limited-slip rear differential kept power flowing to both rear tires. A 3.42:1 gearset was used. The sprint to 60 mph happened in 7.6 seconds, with the quarter mile happening in 16.0 seconds at 85 mph – very respectable times for a early 90s pickup.
Though not mentioned in this video review, GMC only produced the Sonoma GT for 1992 and only 806 were built – making this a rather rare sports truck. While automakers are chasing the current trend of off-road pickups, street machines like the Sonoma GT, Syclone, and Ford’s F-150 Lightning are already modern classics.