This 455 Horsepower Canyon Is A Modern Version of the Legendary Syclone GMC Won’t Build

[Photo: Specialty Vehicle Engineering]

Oh yeah, it’s powerful, but it’s not cheap.

Back in 1991, performance trucks weren’t quite a thing just yet. The world hadn’t quite seen the likes of the Ford F-150 SVT Lightning or anything close to the Ram 1500 TRX we can expect to see in the future. Then, the GMC Syclone emerged. Based on the Sonoma pickup, the Syclone was a truck that could really haul. GMC built just under 3,000 of those original trucks.

Now, New Jersey-based Specialty Vehicle Engineering has taken a crack at what a modern GMC Syclone would look like. For those who don’t know, SVE is also responsible for the new Yenko Chevrolet Camaros and Corvettes. The project took a 3.6-liter Canyon as a base truck and went further with a series of performance upgrades. A lot further. Like $39,995 plus the cost of the truck itself, according to a GM Authority report.

For that, SVE supercharges the standard engine so it puts out 455 horsepower. On top of that, they take any two- or four-wheel drive Canyon and fit a high performance brake upgrade. You get six-piston forged front calipers, as well as 13.6-inch two-piece slotted front rotors. SVE’s Sport Suspension Package lowers the truck by 2 inches in the front and 5 inches in the rear.

Apart from the drop, the company also fits heavy duty traction bars, spring bushings, shock absorbers and rear sway bar. To cap things off, there’s a stainless steel dual cat-back exhaust system and 20-inch five-spoke alloy wheels with “SYCLONE” graphics.

On the appearance front, SVE adds a ton of Syclone badges and graphics, as well as other unique touches. Things like the 455HP red and chrome badges, body-color rocker panel extensions and Syclone-branded key fobs.

Only 100 will be built

Each truck comes with a numbered Manufacturer’s Certificate of Origin, as well. However, if you do want one, you’ll have to act quickly. SVE only plans to build 100 of these trucks. Again, you’ll have to spend $39,995 on top of the price to buy your Canyon in the first place. 2WD or 4WD Extended Cab models are eligible for the package.

The new truck throws back to this original 1991 GMC Syclone.

This new Syclone will be available to order through GMC dealers, or through Specialty Vehicle Engineering directly.

Photos: Specialty Vehicle Engineering