Specialty Vehicle Engineering is bringing the Syclone name back to make a supercharged GMC Canyon.
The original Syclone, according to Autoblog, was based on the GMC Sonoma way back in 1991 when the company was still known as Street Legal Performance (SLP). It came with a turbocharged engine producing 280 hp and was able to shoot to sixty in the mid-4-second range, which was pretty good for a pickup.
It seems that Specialty Vehicle Engineering is hoping that lightning will strike twice as they have just unveiled a new Syclone based on the 2019 GMC Canyon.
The Canyon retains its 3.6-L V6 engine, but now it’s been supercharged to produce 455 hp. SVE doesn’t say how well this new Syclone performs in a quarter-mile drag race, but we can assume it’ll have markedly improved performance over the base-level Canyon, and that might be a bit of an understatement.
To get the Syclone stopped in a hurry, SVE upgrades the stock brakes with larger rotors and 6-piston red-painted calipers. Large black “SYCLONE” lettering on the brakes match the Syclone badging found throughout the body and interior of the pickup.
There are suspension upgrades too. The Syclone is lowered 2 inches in the front and 5 inches in the back compared to the regular Canyon. It also gets new traction bars, spring bushings, heavy-duty performance shock absorbers, and a bigger rear sway bar.
A new stainless steel catback exhaust empties to twin exhaust tips, while each wheel is 20-inches with Y-rated front and rear performance tires.
Only 100 Syclones will be built, each one based off the 2019 GMC Canyon in either 2WD or 4WD with the extended cab. The Syclone package will set you back $39,995 on top of the price of a 3.6-L V6-equipped Canyon, which is also around the same price. You can get the Syclone in any color the Canyon comes in and order it directly from your local GMC dealer.