Why This 2023 GMC Syclone Concept Is The Ultimate Sleeper We Wish Existed


A new GMC Syclone for 2023 would be very exciting, and a V8 engine could make it a sleeper against the RAM TRX or Ford F-150 Raptor R.

The GMC Syclone of 1991 was one of the finest performance trucks ever made. So why can’t it make a comeback? We recently had our digital artist Timothy Adry Emmanuel complete some exclusive renders for HotCars. These bring to life a new 2023 version of the Syclone. This wild new truck might well be the ultimate sleeper truck of 2023, should GMC suddenly decide they want to create it. It’s a truck a lot of people want to see return.

We only got the original Syclone for one year. So a new Syclone would be very welcome. Especially as GMC don’t make anything on the level of the RAM TRX, or the Ford F-150 Raptor R. We really hope that we can get a new GMC truck like the Syclone one day.

A V8 Syclone Could Take On The F-150 Raptor R

Of course, something to imagine is what might lie under the hood of this sleeper pickup truck. The original GMC Syclone of course had a turbocharged 4.3-liter V6 engine powering it. That was actually rated at 280 hp, although some people say it actually made well over 300 hp.

So what might we see in a new 2023 Syclone? There is of course the possibility of a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6, such as the one in the Cadillac CT5. But what about V8 power? Could that play a role in a new Syclone?

The F-150 Raptor R and RAM TRX of course sport big V8 engines. So how about bringing in another GM engine, that of the Cadillac CT6-V’s 4.2-liter twin-turbo V8 engine. With 550 hp on offer, it would put it much closer to the power levels of the RAM TRX and the Raptor R. Those trucks are another level ahead, but a new Syclone would be smaller, and no doubt weigh less. Hence, the potential for this reincarnated Syclone to become a bit of a GMC sleeper. That is a drag race we would all love to see one day.

A New GMC Syclone Brings GMC Into The Supertruck World

Something that is sorely lacking in the GMC lineup is any sort of supertruck. Unless you want to count the Hummer EV as a performance truck. There are of course rugged trucks in the GMC range like the Canyon AT4X, and of course the GMC Sierra is another staple in the range. But in terms of something with the performance of the RAM TRX and the Raptor R, the range is sorely lacking. So a new Syclone would do nicely, as well as reviving one of the most popular names within the pickup truck world.

While we would love for it to become more of a “mainstream” truck like the F-150 Raptor, there is a chance it would be a limited edition again. Which would make sense given the limited availability of the original truck.

It is a bit of a surprise that GMC hasn’t thought of doing a performance truck before. Given the popularity of the Raptors and the TRXs. We think demand would absolutely be there for a new Syclone and it’s something we really wish we could see. But who knows if it will ever come to fruition.

Why We Really Need A New 2023 GMC Syclone

A new GMC Syclone is something we really want to see. Back in the 1990s, performance trucks like the Syclone didn’t make much sense. The demand wasn’t really there and GMC only just managed to sell all of its Syclones.

But the TRX and F-150 Raptor and Raptor R have shown that there is a clear demand for big, powerful and wild trucks. The time to do such a truck is clearly now, even with the electric revolution sweeping the automotive world. There is a market for a new Syclone.

The original Syclone was also one of the best looking trucks of its time, along with the original Ford F-150 Lighting SVT. Our renders from Emmanuel show just how cool a new GMC Syclone could look, with a fresh level of styling not seen on any GMC truck for a while.

A New GMC Syclone Could Look More Understated

While these renderings of ours show quite a bold looking truck, there is also a level of understatement from them. The RAM TRX and the F-150 Raptors look very wild, very brash and very big. This new Sylcone certainly looks muscular but its smaller size and toned down aggression do fit in with that sleeper vibe.

It’s spectacular in the fact it’s a new type of aggression. An understated GMC Syclone is absolutely not a bad thing at all, quite the opposite. It’s probably unlikely GMC will do it. But we really hope GMC decides one day to bring back the Syclone.

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