Out of all the SUVs they produced in the early ’90s, the most interesting and fastest was the GMC Typhoon. It was a limited production small SUV with a high price tag for its day and unbelievable performance, setting it apart from all the rest. More than 25 years since the first Typhoons saw the light of day, this vehicle is still a benchmark of performance and style. But, what makes it so interesting and desirable?
It starts with the engine. Typhoons came with a 4.3-liter V6 engine with a turbocharger and intercooler. The power output was 280 HP, which is not that impressive today. But back in 1991, it was a nice number. The automatic transmission, performance-oriented all-wheel-drive system and suspension helped the performance. In fact, the Typhoon could accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.7 seconds. Even today, this is fast for an ordinary SUV.
The rest of the package included a special trim, luxury interior details, special colors and wheel choices. And it was in limited production. In just three years, from 1991 to 1993, they made 4,697 Typhoons. Since then, this model has achieved collector car status. Now, they are worth more than the original sticker price of $29,000.
You may think the performance figures are not that unique in 2017. But you need to consider that the Typhoon could outrun a Ferrari 348 back in its day. Today, performance SUVs are relatively common. Although they come with high price tags and big weights, you can’t feel that performance and speed.
That is why the market needs a new Typhoon. It would reintroduce pure performance in the compact SUV class. And it could be capable of defeating those modern sports cars in any stoplight drag race.