An interesting thing happened at GMC in the early 1990s. The brand came up with not one but two performance versions of its vehicles, and sold each one in extremely limited quantities over a short period of time. The GMC Syclone was based on the Sonoma pickup at the time and the Typhoon SUV was based on the Jimmy. Both featured a turbocharged V6 engine and could nail down truly impressive 0-60 mph acceleration times.
Unfortunately, it has been two decades since then and we haven’t seen a true successor to the the Syclone’s crown, but a little-known project in 2019 changes all of that – kind of. In 2019, GMC contracted a company called Specialty Vehicle Engineering to produce a line of Syclones based on the Canyon pickup truck. A strike ultimately derailed the project, but a few trucks actually made it out of production. Now, there’s one up for auction on Cars and Bids.
The story, as told by the seller, is that GMC commissioned SVE to build 100 copies of the Syclone for the 2019 model year. At some point during this process, GMC went on strike and SVE only ended up building 12 trucks. The one is #005, and carried a price tag that tacked $41,290 on top of the new truck’s MSRP.
That extreme rarity is noteworthy (we’re writing about it, after all), but the real story is the truck’s specs. The truck started life as a 2019 GMC Canyon All Terrain, before getting a super charger, upgraded brakes, lowered suspension, sway bars, a cat-back exhaust, 20-inch wheels, and custom interior trim. Those upgrades add up to a total output of 455 horsepower – a big upgrade over the V6 engine’s stock output of 308 ponies.
This truck has only traveled 180 miles under its own power since it was built, which indicates that the seller likely understands that this is one special vehicle. Its selling price surprisingly hasn’t jumped, which usually happens when super rare models like the Syclone hit auction sites. With just two hours left on the auction clock at the time of this post, the high bid is only $29,500, so if you’re looking for a bargain on what is sure to be an attention-grabbing truck, this might be your best shot.