New Jersey-based Specialty Vehicle Engineering revived the spirit of the GMC Syclone with a modern tribute based on the GMC Canyon.
It had a turbocharged 3.6-liter V6 with 455 horsepower (339 kilowatts) on tap, representing a serious upgrade over the original’s 280 hp (209 kW) generated by a turbocharged 4.3-liter V6. For the 2021 model year, SVE is introducing a beefier version equipped with a supercharged 5.3-liter V8.
It takes output to a massive 750 hp (559 kW) and 600 lb-ft (813 Nm) in a street-oriented performance truck based on the 2021 Canyon in the extended cab configuration with the short bed. All that power is channeled to both axles via an eight-speed automatic transmission (8L90E), which has been “completely upgraded” by SVE.
Also included in the package are a heavy-duty 8-speed automatic transmission, permanent all-wheel drive system, heavy-duty AWD transfer case, front and rear driveshafts, stainless steel exhaust system, high-performance brakes with 6-piston front calipers, and a lowered suspension.
SVE also swaps out the original wheels for a 20-inch forged aluminum set with a black satin finish you’ll also notice on the exhaust tips. The alloys also feature a red pinstripe and come wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV tires measuring 285/45 R20 at both axles.
SVE will only make 50 units of the super truck based on the GMC Canyon. Each one will be offered with a 3-year / 36,000-mile (60,000 km) warranty for the engine, supercharger, heavy-duty transmission and non-powertrain components.