Model Years


Fuel Economy

14-17 mpg

What to Know

The GMC Syclone and GMC Typhoon were performance variants significantly ahead of their time. They feature a turbocharged 4.3 V6 good for 280 horsepower. The Syclone’s AWD lets it hit 60 in 4.3 seconds. Styling is great, it is a boxy┬á mini truck with a low, aggressive stance. The interior is from the 80’s, even though they didn’t start making Syclones until the early 90’s. Low production figures and moderate collectability will make a well cared for Syclone an investment, rather than a liability.

Sick trucks. Buy one if you find a deal on one.

Common Issues

Transmission – As with any high horsepower AWD vehicle, the transmissions have a tendency to explode. During inspection, watch for hard shifts and engine revs not matching acceleration (sign of slipping transmission.)

Ignition System – Syclones and Typhoons go through plugs and ignition rotors fast. Make sure to inspect Plugs, rotor buttons, ignition rotors and wires regularly.

Fuel Pump – Like most other early 90’s GM products, expect to replace the fuel pump eventually.


Issues: A/C System, Body Rust, Electrical System, Fuel Pump, Interior Issue, Misc Engine Component, Turbo Failure
Lifespan Estimate: 150000 miles


Horsepower: 280 - 280hp
0-60 Time: 4.3 seconds
1/4 Mile Time: 13 seconds

Cost of Ownership

Depreciation: Minimal <5% per year
Maintenance Costs: Low
Average Insurance Costs in Virginia: Medium

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