The GMC Syclone Gets Turned Into A Hot Wheels For The First Time
It is often said that a very expensive car obsession begins with buying a 99-cent Hot Wheels at the grocery store, but sometimes that idea works the other way around. Good to know: For most car enthusiasts, buying a pristine GMC Syclone for $ 25,000 is not a starting point. But buying a 1: 64 scale 1991 GMC Syclone Hot Wheels for a bright green Washington, with a shiny copper Lincoln to spare? It’s easy.
Surprisingly, this is the first time Hot Wheels has released the legendary 1:64 scale GMC. Painted the same ominous black as all of the 1991 Syclones, the miniature version uses Hot Wheels RA6 rollers that match the stock turbine spoke wheels fairly well.
The Syclone is integrated into the main version of Hot Wheels, which is part of its HW Hot Trucks collection. The company says it doesn’t tend to release a lot of bone stock vehicles, so when it does, it’s because the source material is already pretty impressive. This is certainly the case here.
The full-size 1991 GMC Syclone was a revolution when it hit the market, based on the conventional Sonoma compact truck. A turbocharged, intercooled 4.3-liter V6 powered the truck, sharing a block but nothing else with the Sonoma. Instead, the Syclone got unique exhaust and intake manifolds, a high-performance throttle body, and forced induction, upping its power to 280 horsepower (209 kilowatts) and 360 pound-feet (488 newton- meters).
By routing that power to the standard all-wheel drive via a beefed-up four-speed automatic transmission, the Syclone could jump to 60 miles per hour in just 4.3 seconds, a time that put the Porsche 911 Turbo and Ferrari to shame. much more expensive V12 engine. Testarossa. Even GM’s performance flagship, the Corvette ZR-1, was not immune to the Syclone’s hot-melt missile trends, at least as long as the road was straight.
Of course, on racetracks and canyon roads, the Syclone is still a pickup to boot, even with sportier suspension elements and lower ride height. But on a Hot Wheels orange track, the 1:64 should be just as fun, proportionate to size of course.