No one knows who came up with the idea to take a plebian Chevrolet S10 compact truck and turn it into a Ferrari-killer. GM took an ordinary S10 bodyshell and installed a 4.3-liter V6 with a turbocharger good for 280 HP. They installed a special four-speed automatic they sourced from a Corvette as well as a performance-based all-wheel drive.
The power figures don’t sound like much these days, but the Syclone was able to sprint to 60 mph in just 5.3 seconds. And that made it faster than those contemporary Ferraris. The key was it low weight, small dimensions and lots of torque coming from that turbocharged engine.