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GMC SYCLONE / TYPHOON – Everything You Need to Know | Up to Speed

November 1, 2019

(car engine revving) – Tubular! Radical! Bodacious! These are just some of the words that turtles with
martial arts training use to describe GMC’s high
performance compact truck and SUV. Two boxy American sleepers, so alluring even Jay
Leno and Clint Eastwood couldn’t resist their fender flare power. Conceived by Buick, shunned by Chevy and brought to life by GMC; this is everything you need to know to get Up to Speed on
the Syclone and Typhoon! (upbeat music) Making Up to Speed is a dream, but boy, sometimes it can get tough. And I couldn’t do it
without NOS Energy Drink partnering with Donut Media
and me, James Pumphery. Now NOS Energy Drink has
generously supplied the office with refreshing ice-cold
cans of NOS Energy, which is great! But it also creates some
in-office competition when it comes down to the last can. (rock music) I saw it first! I’m getting thirstier again! As the 1980s gave way to the 90s, Americans were transitioning
from acid wash jeans to hammer pants, and
yearning for more powerful, impractical compact trucks. There’s the compact 1989
Shelby Dodge Dakota, but that wasn’t really all that fast. Then, there was the
full-size 1990 Chevy 454 SS which sounded great, but was way too big and still not that fast. (454 SS engine revving) Luckily, just a few years earlier, Buick engineers had been
playing Frankenstein games with the Chevy S10 and
unknowingly gave birth to the fastest truck and SUV of a select few people’s dreams. Much like Raghav, the Buick engineers were kinda the bad boys of General Motors. They developed the
highly-coveted Grand National and were asked to help
Pontiac put the ‘oomph’ in the 230th Anniversary Trans Am, but the Grand National was retired by 1987 and the Trans Am was just, like, bleh… So the Buick engineers
decided to make a super truck! They took the 3.8 liter V6 engine from the Grand National and crammed it into a little S10 engine bay. Then they pitched the
souped-up compact truck to the big wigs and
small toupees of Buick, but those guys were like, “Nah.” So they were disappointed. The engineers thought they’d
pitch the truck to Chevy, since that was what the
prototype was built on but the bow tie boys
weren’t interested either! “Nah.” But then someone from GMC
happened to walk by the truck and asked, “Hey, what’re you
doing with that little truck, don’t ‘ya know?” The first thing on the docket was to come up with a cool name. GMC needed a moniker that
properly conveyed just how fast and devastating this
tiny truck was gonna be. Then one day, looking out the
window, inspiration struck. “Hey, we gotta get down to the basement. “There’s a freaking cyclone outside.” “Well, bring your
notebook to the basement, ’cause I think that’s
what we’re gonna call that new little truck we’re developing!” After that 100% accurate encounter, that I didn’t take any
artistic liberties on at all, they decided to name the new truck– – [Spokesperson] The
Limited Edition Syclone. It’s been called the
“ultimate specialty truck”. – But spelled with an
‘s’ instead of a ‘c’, because it’s based on the S10 Sonoma. Also, Mercury had trademarked
Cyclone with a ‘c’… So. With the perfect name, with the perfect spelling picked out, it was time to develop an new power plan. The 3.8 liter Buick V6 in
the prototype was awesome but required a ton of modification in order to fit under the S10’s hood. So, GMC decided to stick with
the truck’s original 4.3 liter Vortec V6. But the base engine only
made 168 horsepowers and 235 torques, which
wasn’t even nearly enough to give real car enthusiasts
that butt pucker. To turn up the wick, engineers swapped out
a few basic components and developed them with
high-performance versions. They got new pistons,
main caps, head gaskets, intake and exhaust manifolds,
a better fuel system, and a bigger throttle body from the Corvette’s 5.7 liter small block. Then came the real source
of more power, baby. Mitsubishi! TD06 Turbocharger with
a Garrett intercooler. (engine revving) The new and improved power plan was good for 280 horsepowers and 350 twerks! The engine was paired with a four-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive from the GMC Safari, AKA the Astro Van, which
you can learn more about in this video right here. All right kids, let’s
go to hockey practice. – Can we all stop at McDonald’s? – Yeah, I want some nuggets. – Yeah, I wanna get a Big Mac. – Yeah, we can get the McDonald’s. – Yay! Chunky butts on three! One, two, three– Chunky Butts!
– Chunky butts! The all-wheel drive system sent 35% of the power to the front and 65% to the back, where it hooked up to low-profile 245/50 performance tires on 16 inch alloyed wheels. This gave the truck a super sticky launch from a standstill and
the ability to lay down a blistering zero to 60
time of 4 1/2 seconds. In a freaking truck! In the early freaking (belching) 90s! (chuckling) (engine revving) In fact, “Car and Driver” raced it against a Ferrari 348 TS and the Syclone smoked
it in the quarter mile. Even crazier than that, it held the title of “Fastest
Accelerating Vehicle” at the time. That’s insane considering
a 348 was $122,000 and a Syclone was only $25,000. Aside from straight-line speed, the Syclone was much less Ferarri-like. There was no chassis engineering. 63% of the truck’s weight
sat over the front tires. It had a live rear axle and
cornered like a newborn giraffe, if we’re being honest. The suspension was basically cut springs so you couldn’t even think
about off-roading it, and towing with it was “not recommended”. It had drum brakes in the rear and it had the drag
coefficient of a freaking barn. You had to like black because that’s the only color it came in. Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson, hi dad, said the interior had– – While although the interior has about as much style as
the gentleman’s lavatories at the Motorway Service Station– – Despite its flaws, GMC sold
just shy of 3000 in the U.S., including one to my, honestly,
probably best friend, Jay leno, who used it
as his daily for years. GMC knew they had something
good in the Syclone but they wanted something great! So they unleashed a second tropical storm on the automotive market; the Typhoon! (engine revving) This two-door SUV was the
El Nino of compact SUVs. It was almost identical to the Syclone, only it was in a GMC Jimmy body. For about four grand more, you
could now seat four people, have leather-clad seats, and
beat a C4 ZR1 in a drag race. Unlike its truck brother, you could choose from an aray of colors. Apple Red, Bright Teal, Aspen Blue; which color of Typhoon is right for you? Fans started calling the
truck-SUV duo “SYTYs”. The more practical of the SYTYs was also the more popular one. Bob Seger bought one; JFK Junior and Dirty Harry
himself, Clint Eastwood. (engine revving) The Syclone was only sold in 1991 with the exception of three 1992 models. The Typhoon enjoyed a
whopping two years of sales, that’s almost twice as much, in ’92 and ’93. But it didn’t sell much better with just under 4700 produced. Why did GMC quit making
such awesome vehicles? Mainly because the company in
charge of modifying the S10s went out of business and
the Mustang and Camaro were way cheaper, sportier choices than the pricey super truck sleepers. (engine revving) But even though the
Syclone had a brief run, there was enough time to make
two limited special editions. There were three indie
Syclone trucks with stickers used at the 1992 Indianapolis 500, but the most notable was
the Marlboro Syclone. And it wasn’t just an appearance package. There were only ten made
which had performance upgrades like a performance chip, a
BORLA stainless-steel exhaust, and a Belltech suspension
that lowered the truck. That’s all well and good, but look at this freaking thing! It’s a Targa-topped truck in Hot Lick Red with Recaro seats and
Boyd Coddington wheels and the only way you could
get your hands on one was to smoke pack after
pack of cancer-causing, Emphysema-inducing
Marlboros to try and win it in a contest. That’s like if Juul, today, gave away Special Edition Subaru WRXs to the guy who blew the biggest clouds. It could happen! While the SYTYs were short-lived, they helped launch a new era
in consumer truck development. Production pickups went
from being utilitarian and off-road capable to being street-only enthusiast vehicles. Who can forget the Chevy
S10 and Blazer Xtremes or the Ford Lightening;
the Dodge Ram SRT-10 with the freaking Viper engine? You guys kidding me? (tires squealing) Not all truck enthusiasts
care about practicality. Some just wanna look cool and go fast. I cannot stress this enough! The Teenage Mutant Ninja
Turtles are very real but also not nice! Do they fight Shredder? Absolutely. Are they nice? No! (laughing)


  • Reply road house November 1, 2019 at 5:40 am

    how about the Dakota rt

  • Reply Random Access Account November 1, 2019 at 5:44 am

    Subie SVX anybody???

  • Reply MS815 November 1, 2019 at 5:44 am

    Ummmm do t forget the gmc zrx !

  • Reply David Hernandez November 1, 2019 at 5:45 am

    Please do a #UptoSpeed on the Solara!

  • Reply Khalief Budi Indrawan November 1, 2019 at 5:46 am

    I STILL BOTHERED BY "WHO IS JAMES DAD?" FFS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Reply Juan Rodriguez November 1, 2019 at 5:46 am

    That way you said typhoon the very first time crack me up 😂

  • Reply Jordan Pence November 1, 2019 at 5:54 am

    o u t o f p h a s e

  • Reply CHUUMPASS November 1, 2019 at 5:59 am

    yes it's true, these GMCs in the early 90s were actually faster accelerating than contemporary Ferraris.

  • Reply October Horizon November 1, 2019 at 5:59 am

    I'd really like to see the p2 Volvo S60 R get memed on!

  • Reply EKspeed November 1, 2019 at 6:00 am

    Do the z4

  • Reply Oz Ahmed November 1, 2019 at 6:02 am

    Funny pagal insaan!

  • Reply Steven Quirk November 1, 2019 at 6:04 am

    I love you?

  • Reply Hector Soria November 1, 2019 at 6:05 am

    Tahoe’s next?

  • Reply Max Ferguson November 1, 2019 at 6:07 am

    I don’t get this vid. Nobody has one or has seen one of these in years.

  • Reply soulassassin0g November 1, 2019 at 6:08 am

    Please stop making these videos, you're gonna spike interest and the cost of these vehicles.

  • Reply alexander1485 November 1, 2019 at 6:11 am

    why can't they drink NOS Grape???!!!! PS- Ive seen a marlboro Syclone 😀

  • Reply B Kain November 1, 2019 at 6:11 am

    How does this video not already exist?

  • Reply N1K3 Garza November 1, 2019 at 6:14 am

    Both of those suv and trucks are my favorite of all time

  • Reply Alex Gutierrez November 1, 2019 at 6:27 am

    Trokiando cuhh

  • Reply Anas Nasir November 1, 2019 at 6:30 am

    Juul wrx had me laughing really hard 😂😂😂

  • Reply Juan Sotelo November 1, 2019 at 6:31 am

    You should do trailblazer ss up to speed

  • Reply Go Key Inspections November 1, 2019 at 6:37 am

    love the sy tys, I almost bought a typhoon but i want a stick shift

  • Reply Meton12765 November 1, 2019 at 6:38 am

    475Nm of torque. Holy shit. You yankees really love that torque.

  • Reply Burak Kaan Gökkaya November 1, 2019 at 6:46 am


  • Reply Uziel Rodriguez November 1, 2019 at 7:11 am

    What’s up bro’s can y’all do a everything you need to know up to speed Scion FR-S🙏🏽

  • Reply ILKIN LAMBORGHINI November 1, 2019 at 7:14 am

    There is written "My Dad" on that paper

  • Reply Gustavo Sandoval November 1, 2019 at 7:23 am

    Do a Up to Speed on SVT!!!!

  • Reply Lord Colin November 1, 2019 at 7:25 am

    The teenage mutant ninja turtles are real. There is only one left though, and he is 116 years old, fights against the poor, middle class, and healthcare.

  • Reply Rubicon Guy November 1, 2019 at 7:30 am

    Up To Speed: Subaru SVX

  • Reply Cardboard Sliver November 1, 2019 at 7:32 am

    I was disappointed when there wasn't a lightening bolt when he said Ford Lightening.

  • Reply Random Guy November 1, 2019 at 7:43 am

    The audio mix on this is pure trash 👎

  • Reply Iburiedpaul 9 November 1, 2019 at 7:49 am

    Always loved these trucks since I was a kid

  • Reply Klent Watkins November 1, 2019 at 7:51 am

    I'vd been waiting for this one

  • Reply Cj Cox November 1, 2019 at 7:53 am

    Do SVT!!!

  • Reply Spoderman November 1, 2019 at 7:55 am

    That mercury cyclone tho 😍

  • Reply Lennon Antoine November 1, 2019 at 8:06 am

    You should do a video on a subaru brat

  • Reply Conner November 1, 2019 at 8:34 am

    2:13 the highly coveted Grand Nashiluh

  • Reply Darthhandsom3 November 1, 2019 at 8:44 am

    7:43 killed me.

  • Reply Phil Dapain November 1, 2019 at 8:47 am


  • Reply Tyler Hartman November 1, 2019 at 8:49 am

    I saw one syclone as a teenager and touched my soul, still think about that thing of beauty. Would love to own one someday, but a teal typhoon also screams early 90’s😍

  • Reply Goldenfire47 November 1, 2019 at 8:50 am

    James mentioned Mercury cars?

  • Reply jimkirk1971 November 1, 2019 at 8:55 am


  • Reply Chalres Kirkland November 1, 2019 at 9:00 am

    A Syclone or Typhoon was always my dream truck. Those were badass back then. GMC has the chance to bring it back, in the guise of the Canyon, just modify the engine bay to hold the 3.6L twin turbo V6, and other mods. Just saying.

  • Reply sarim adil November 1, 2019 at 9:09 am

    Plz do upto speed on 458 or 488

  • Reply Βαγγέλης Γιαννόπουλος November 1, 2019 at 9:13 am

    Up to speed Jeremy Clarkson aka James' dad

  • Reply TEZZA November 1, 2019 at 9:24 am

    need more aussie cars, check out the falcon!!!!!

  • Reply HungLee November 1, 2019 at 9:29 am

    Mercury Cyclone or GMC Syclone?

  • Reply At Zero November 1, 2019 at 9:37 am

    262ci 4.3 V6 is a 350 Small Block with two cylinders removed… front to back it's a small block, I've owned 4 now.. and of course always wanted this Truck

  • Reply Tim Roberts November 1, 2019 at 10:03 am

    Freakin hilarious! 9:15 – 9:45

  • Reply Clorox Bleach November 1, 2019 at 10:06 am

    Please do a Everything You Need To Know episode on the Dodge Grand Caravan.

  • Reply LowMan Josh November 1, 2019 at 10:25 am

    The syclone and typhoon were underrated and when put on a dyno pull between 320-330hp. I love my s10 but if i could get a gmc syclone or typhoon thats in good shape and not clapped out.

  • Reply Kaleb Nolen November 1, 2019 at 10:32 am

    As someone who owns and drives an RWD S10 with the 4.3L, its scary on a dry day because that ass end wants to go but the rest of the truck hasn't caught up yet. This is absurd XD.

    Can attest to the cornering like a newborn Giraffe on the daily

  • Reply jdgreen214 November 1, 2019 at 10:34 am

    I bought I typhoon heavily modified sounds like a airplane taking off. Main issue with these things is they are hard as hell on ignition systems.

  • Reply Rodrigo Godoy Valenzuela November 1, 2019 at 10:41 am

    I rather buy a sporty sedan, pick up or suv instead of a coupe, i mean, camaro and mustang are just for show nad going fast, but with that lovely syclone, you can buy everything in the grocery store. I like fast cars as everyone, but what i don't like is the impracticality. Think about the rs avant models from audi, germans get this and did these beauties. Lovely cars.

  • Reply Lilmiddwest November 1, 2019 at 10:42 am

    Sysclon is one best truck made next to ram SRT-10

  • Reply Steve Jobs November 1, 2019 at 10:42 am

    6:45 I remember him mentioning his dad as a british tv host lol

  • Reply Ron Ward November 1, 2019 at 10:45 am

    The audio needs some NOS Energy drink!

  • Reply Remy Cardinez November 1, 2019 at 10:51 am

    Yall run out of good cars??

  • Reply Cameron Lynde November 1, 2019 at 10:53 am

    Is there an Up to Speed on Scion?

  • Reply Ho Jian Chen November 1, 2019 at 11:02 am

    Can you do a video with nissan juke r

  • Reply -Old Sport- November 1, 2019 at 11:06 am

    Plz make a video about the Honda CRV

  • Reply Emanuel Mouratidis November 1, 2019 at 11:06 am

    Next video on the Trans am please

  • Reply Emanuel Mouratidis November 1, 2019 at 11:07 am

    oh and enter the Holden maloo 🙂

  • Reply KUSOCAR November 1, 2019 at 11:07 am

    Up to speed alfa romeo

  • Reply The Biggest Virgin On The Internet November 1, 2019 at 11:12 am

    Buick riviera?

  • Reply James November 1, 2019 at 11:17 am

    Bit quiet on James lads, need to crank it up 👍

  • Reply napraznicul November 1, 2019 at 11:18 am

    the car was awesome, in my country was (2008) only one (black typhoon/tny.. syclone NONE) as i knew (i was trying to buy -10k, but there was problems about legal ownership).
    By the way, as long as you're an ugly sick obese guy, you should definitely NOT promote burgers, sandwiches, soda/energy drinks, because the effect will be adverse😂😂😂

  • Reply Comprehend Games November 1, 2019 at 11:21 am

    Dontcha’ kno?

  • Reply Henry Rivas November 1, 2019 at 11:22 am

    So I started watching this on Snapchat, next think I know it’s the first video suggested for me…

  • Reply Omar Omar November 1, 2019 at 11:26 am

    Background song ?

  • Reply AuSableAngler Lord of the Trout November 1, 2019 at 11:43 am

    douchebag …

  • Reply Shane O. November 1, 2019 at 11:45 am

    Blues clues handy dandy notebook

  • Reply nl_2 November 1, 2019 at 11:50 am

    Vid on the Honda Pilot??

  • Reply hadiTHEgreat87 November 1, 2019 at 11:52 am

    I'm hoping for Donut review this car.

  • Reply Our dog pack The Shockley’s November 1, 2019 at 11:54 am

    They had them in a teal color also. Very rare, Hoovy has one.

  • Reply YoungBoiCam November 1, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    you forgot about the new syclone

  • Reply Vetrivel November 1, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    Stop making cringey nos ads

  • Reply Victor Mafra November 1, 2019 at 12:02 pm

    Subaru Legacy


  • Reply Plymouth Fury November 1, 2019 at 12:06 pm

    Day 1958 asking for up to speed on James dad

  • Reply Scott November 1, 2019 at 12:07 pm

    Up to Speed: Baja 1000

  • Reply Spherz November 1, 2019 at 12:09 pm

    The OG Sleeper

  • Reply Guilherme R. de Medeiros November 1, 2019 at 12:09 pm

    Typhoon and Cyclone? Did you mean TWO OF THE FEW ACCEPTABLE TRUCKS/SUVs?

  • Reply Nathan Luatua November 1, 2019 at 12:17 pm

    Up To Speed: Nissan Gloria !

  • Reply Frank Damen November 1, 2019 at 12:20 pm

    Syclone Marlboro edition. Your uncles dream truck.

  • Reply Jac November 1, 2019 at 12:31 pm

    Could you guys do an up to speed on the brand TVR, never understood what they were about

  • Reply Earl Thisguy November 1, 2019 at 12:34 pm

    How bout drink that NOS before the intro … come on James you’re losing your touch pump pump pump it up baby ! We need your high energy talking bout cars to wake us up in the morning like a fresh cup of coffee ! Give it sum … MO POWA BABY

  • Reply Pablo Lee November 1, 2019 at 12:40 pm

    Camaro n mustang r garbage

  • Reply Thomas Snyder November 1, 2019 at 12:42 pm

    Is raghav from New York? I think I went to grade school with him.

  • Reply Smokin Scars November 1, 2019 at 12:57 pm

    Finally, will ever be reborn again?

  • Reply Smokin Scars November 1, 2019 at 12:59 pm

    When you bring up the need for speed game

  • Reply Odd Job November 1, 2019 at 1:11 pm

    Up to speed: Pontiac firebird!

  • Reply Alklazaris November 1, 2019 at 1:17 pm

    Donut Media, there is no video for the Astro linked in the video. Edit: Actually no links at all.
    Not trying to complain, just letting you know.

  • Reply Satan November 1, 2019 at 1:18 pm

    please do an up to speed on rally dakar

  • Reply Tony coffee November 1, 2019 at 1:26 pm

    Why can't they have this car in Forza Horizon……
    Great video as norm.

  • Reply Mark Schouten November 1, 2019 at 1:26 pm

    The ultimate fh3 sleeper

  • Reply Teh donkeh Is faest November 1, 2019 at 1:26 pm

    I like the new intro!!

  • Reply Muhammad Usama November 1, 2019 at 1:27 pm

    what if donut media and hoonigan merge together…!!!

  • Reply Brian Bolton November 1, 2019 at 1:51 pm

    89 Cougar XR7 and Ford Thunderbird

  • Reply amorton94 November 1, 2019 at 1:57 pm

    I need me a clean SYTY pair NOW. Fucking love those things.

  • Reply VINCENT LEVI ANGELO MAGBOJOS November 1, 2019 at 2:39 pm

    I need PAST GAS episode!

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