Part of GMC's plans to move its image into the performance market started with creating the ultimate pick-up, the GMC Syclone. But a year later, with the continuing popularity of Sport Utility Vehicles, GMC followed that with the Typhoon which had room enough for five adults plus their luggage space. The Typhoon used the same underpinnings at the Syclone with a separate chassis, live rear axle and 11-inch (279mm) ABS-assisted and vented discs. The engine was from the GMC Jimmy, all cast-iron but uprated from the stock 165bhp (123kW) thanks to an intercooled turbo and re-calibrated engine management. The torque was split 35:65 front/rear with a mechanical center differential and viscous coupling, though the live rear axle also used a limited-slip differential. A four-speed auto just about handled the torque but a strict warning sticker not to tow with the vehicle had to be put inside.
GMC Typhoon Specifications
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