GMC Typhoon

'Typhoon' is probably not the most tasteful name for a vehicle. One must remember there are regions in the world where typhoons are catastrophic events and are certainly not anything to celebrate. Nevertheless, GMC must not have considered this and they released such a model anyways. The GMC Typhoon was a high-performance version of the GMC Jimmy SUV and was only produced in 1992 and 1993. The Typhoon was based on the 1991 GMC Jimmy SUV. Perhaps the short production time was partly due to the poor name. All the same, the Typhoon was capable of accelerating from 0-60 mph in 5.3 seconds and could do a quarter-mile run in 14.1 seconds at 95 mph, which is fairly impressive. Car and Driver was impressed, and as a result, compared the Syclone's performance favorably to the Ferrari 348ts, the Chevrolet Corvette and the Nissan 300ZX Turbo. This was a great complement given that the Typhoon is really not a sports car and is not shaped like one either. Not to mention, it was a bargain coming in at $29,970. On the down side, the magazine criticized the plastic-like interior pieces. Production took place in Troy, Michigan where only 4,967 Typhoons were built by GMC. Totals in 1992 were 2,497 units and 2,200 units in 1993. The Typhoon truck featured a few Mitsubishi and Garrett components. Additionally, they had 4-speed automatic transmission and a BorgWarner transfer case splitting torque with 35% forward and 65% to the rear wheels. The trucks also featured all-wheel drive, upgraded brakes and sport modifications to the standard suspensions. Seemingly, this model should have lasted longer than two years on the market. The reason for its lackluster sales has really not been disclosed. Perhaps General Motors will reintroduce the model at some point only this time under a new name.