Jeremy Clarkson Drag Races GMC Syclone in Old 'Top Gear' Clip [video]
In the early days of Top Gear, host Jeremy Clarkson reviewed many cars that would go on to become future classics. One of the most shining examples is this December, 1992 episode, where Jezza got behind the wheel of the GMC Syclone, which predated the Ford F-150 Lightning in the world of hot-rod pickups. The review has everything that makes looking at the old Top Gear clips great; bushy Clarkson hair, leather jackets with shoulder pads, corny intros, and to top it all off– a soundtrack from Alice Cooper. Check it out here:
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The turbocharged 4.3-liter V6 is something of a beast and a legend in the GM community. It makes 280 horsepower and a crucial 350 pound feet of torque, sent through a 4-speed automatic to all four wheels. The all-wheel drive system put 35% of the power to the front wheels and 65% to the rear. That helped it get from zero to 60 mph in just 4.3 seconds. Though Clarkson’s quarter mile time was 14 seconds, when Car and Driver tested it back in the day, it could make the run in 13.6 seconds, crossing at a speed of 93 mph.
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We cannot understate just how special the Syclone (and GMC Jimmy-based Typhoon) was. Less than 3,000 were produced, and it was only sold in 1991. From the mechanicals to the limited production run, the Syclone has more in common with a Ferrari or Porsche than it does with other trucks in the GMC lineup.
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