The GMC Typhoon was sold in the market from 1992 to 1993 only, but even if it was short-lived, the vehicle definitely made its mark, especially among SUV aficionados. This vehicle is basically a high-performance version of the GMC Jimmy SUV—a model that lasted from the 1990s until the early 2000s. Here’s a brief glimpse into the specs as well as the changes and transformations of the GMC Typhoon from its introduction to the market until its demise.
1991: Design and development
In 1991, six prototype units of the Typhoon were created by General Motors based on the GMC Jimmy SUV. However, when comparing the two models, the Typhoon noticeably had major differences with the Jimmy, especially with its exterior components.
1992: Initial release
The Typhoon was officially introduced to the market in 1992, and it was released alongside the GMC Syclone. Both SUVs shared a lot of features and characteristics with one another. For instance, they both featured the Mitsubishi TD06-17C/8 cm2 turbocharger in their systems. They were also equipped with a Garrett water/air intercooler in their 4.3 L LB4 V6 engines, intake manifolds, fuel systems, and exhaust manifolds. Both trucks were also manufactured in General Motor’s production plant in Troy, Michigan.
The GMC Typhoon was only made available as an all-wheel drive, and its 4.3 L LB4 V6 engine was known for its power. In fact, it boasted 0-60 mph acceleration in 5.3 seconds. It was also capable of running a quarter of a mile in just 14.1 seconds at 95 mph. And just like the GMC Syclone, it was also furnished with a 4L60 4-speed automatic transmission and a BorgWarner transfer case. This caused the torque of the vehicle to become split, making it more stable. But aside from its under-the-hood components, it was also memorable for having 245/50VR-16 Firestone Firehawk SVX tires on alloy wheels. It was also equipped with large air dams with bulging fog lights. And during its short, two-year run, it was sold and produced in several colors such as black, frost white, apple red, garnet red, raspberry metallic, bright teal, aspen blue, radar blue, royal blue metallic, and forest green metallic. However, among all these colors, the most popular one was the black model, which sold thousands of units.
1993: Upgrades and improvements
In 1993, more colors were added to the Typhoon’s lineup. And aside from being an all-wheel drive, the vehicle became known for carrying upgraded brakes and having sports modifications added to its standard suspension. It also had a self-leveling rear suspension, which owners enjoyed a lot. In the end, over 4,697 units of the GMC Typhoon were produced and sold in the market. It was not replaced by any specific GMC model, but it definitely made a lasting impression in the SUV segment.