Performance Past

Sport Truck

Syclone Typhoon

Several performance trucks came and went in the early ’90s. Among them were Chevrolet’s 454 SS-with a production run from 1990 to 1993-and GMC’s Syclone and Typhoon. The 454 SS sported 7.3 liters of big-block power stuffed into a short-bed pickup. The Syclone and Typhoon both boasted a turbocharged 4.3- liter V6 that cranked out 280 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque, distributed through a heavy-duty automatic tranny and an all-wheel-drive system. The Syclone was produced in 1991 and 1992. while the S-Blazer- based Typhoon had a similar production run between 1992 and 1993.

A new, fully loaded 454 SS ran just shy of $20,000, while the Syclone tipped the scales at around $25,000 and the Typhoon at close to $30,000. Both the Syclone and Typhoon could dust Corvettes, with 0-to-60-mph runs under 5 seconds. Since these trucks are somewhat rare, prices vary by market. although older 454 SS trucks now run about $13,000 or less. A used Syclone runs about $16,000, and a Typhoon still hangs in around $20,000.