The GMC Syclone is without a doubt one of the coolest pickup trucks ever made. When new, the truck went 0-60 faster than a Ferrari 348 thanks to its turbocharged V6 engine. No surprise that performance companies like Specialty Vehicle Engineering have made modern interpretations of the iconic 90s truck based on the GMC Canyon. It’s seriously cool. But the original will always hold a sweet spot, so what if one could be updated and upgraded, just like so many other restomods we love? A rendering by Oscar Vargas gives a pretty good idea of what that would look like, and we’re huge fans of his GMC Syclone rendering.
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The rendering, being a restomod, is based on the original Syclone, rather than a modern GMC Canyon. The most notable changes are up front, with the grille and headlights. The grille looks like it’s been inspired by the Camaro ZL1, adding a prominent lower intake below the original upper grille. There’s also some neat ducting and fog lights at the bottom corners. The headlights get a new LED DRL design that significantly modernizes the truck.
Vargus, who goes by @wb.artist20 on Instagram, has actually made two separate renderings. One uses a prominent hood scoop and the other ditches it. We prefer the cleaner lines of the scoop-less hood, but the other design adds some aggression.
Around the side, the changes are less obvious. The flared wheel arches go from round on the original GMC Syclone to squared off on the restomod. The same chiseled, hard edged lines remain, but there’s more sculpture to the shapes here. Finally, the rendering is finished off with some enormous modern alloy wheels.
Is there a place for an official GMC Syclone comeback? We like to think so, and clearly Specialty Vehicle Engineering sees value in go-fast trucks, with a 750+ horsepower GMC Canyon-based pickup truck that resurrects the Syclone name.