In the early 90s, the definition of performance and power was held mainly in the sports car category. During this era, the familiar companies such as Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche, and even Chevy with its ZR1 Corvette were paving the way for automotive performance.
Mention the words “pickup truck” to most anyone and immediately they will think about hauling heavy loads, farm work, and a utility vehicle for work. And while the mini truck scene had been well established at this point, it mainly consisted of wild paint schemes, lowered suspensions, and outrageous stereos. But performance? Out of a truck? Unheard of in the 90s.
The idea to purposefully make a production pickup truck into anything beyond doing work was considered absolutely absurd at the time. That is, until one company decided to step out of its “vanilla” boundaries and set out to do just that. Step in GMC Truck Division. Forming a partnership with Production Automotive Services (PAS), the same company involved with building the famed 1989 3.8L V6 Turbo Trans Am.
The arena was set to make a nonsense idea into a reality. Welcome to your introduction to the Sportmachines.
The Syclone, Typhoon and Sonoma GT Sportmachines
The 1991 GMC Syclone and 92-93 GMC Typhoon trucks are considered the high-performance variant based off the 1st generation 4×4 Sonoma and Jimmy platforms. Additional to the both the Syclone and Typhoon, the 1992 Sonoma GT (built upon the 2WD Sonoma platform) was also introduced into the lineup which made up the Sportmachine trio.1991 GMC Syclone Info 1992 GMC Sonoma GT Info 1992-93 GMC Typhoon Info