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Tuscany making just 250 models of the 2020 Harley-Davidson GMC truck

Tuscany Motor Co. has chosen to do a Harley-Davison version of the 2020 GMC Sierra 1500.

Photo courtesy of Tuscany Motor Co.

In previous years, Tuscany Motor Co. has customized a limited number of Ford trucks, giving them the full Harley-Davison brand treatment. This year, there's something different for customers, a 2020 GMC Sierra 1500. That model has been transformed in to the Harley-Davidson GMC truck.

"Fans have long hungered for a limited edition GMC truck that celebrates their passion for Harley-Davidson motorcycles," said Jeff Burttschell, vice president, Tuscany Motor Co. "For the first time in history, it will be possible to rumble down the road in a V8 powered Harley-Davidson edition GMC truck."

2020 Tuscany Harley-Davidson GMC 

Photo courtesy of Tuscany Motor Co.


With over 65 proprietary components, the truck is branded top to bottom, nose to tail, inside and out with the Harley-Davidson logo.

At the front, the truck features a customized Bar & Shield patterned mesh that is accented by an orange contour insert. The motorcycle manufacturer's name is incorporated into the bezel and a dark finish skid plate resides below with orange tow hooks. Tuscany has replaced the traditional hood of the Sierra 1500 with a unique hood with a black injection-molded hood vent insert.

On the sides of the truck are active air fender vents with a dark finish and orange paint job. There's a Bar & Shield logo on the vents as well as on the color-matched locking tonneau cover.

The back of the truck features black finished cladding and Harley-Davidson logos. Under the bumper are black aluminum-tipped dual exhaust pipes with orange accents.

The 2020 Tuscany Harley-Davidson GMC rides on 22-inch wheels inspired by the famous Harley-Davidson Fat Boy and CVO motorcycles.

The truck comes in either an Onyx Black, Satin Steel Metallic, or Summit White paint job.

The cabin of the model features leather seats with orange diamond pattern embroidery, piano black accents, and prominent displays of the Harley-Davidson logo throughout.

Tuscany is selling the model for $94,995.

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The Polaris Slingshot is one of the most unique vehicles on sale today.

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The Polaris Slingshot is an interesting beast. It is, by far, one of the most unique vehicles you can buy in the U.S. today, though depending on where you live, it may require a motorcycle license. However, in most states, you can buy and drive one just like a normal car, albeit one that should only be driven while wearing a full-face helmet.

I recently spent a week with a 2021 Polaris Slingshot R and came away from the experience more than a little conflicted. On one hand, it's too much for me on a personal level, as I think it's too wildly styled and costs too much money. On the other hand, it's impossible to ignore the charm of the thing. It's loud, too quick for its own good, and a totally crazy driving experience that lands somewhere between being a complete riot and terrifying, depending on how and where it's driven.


2021 Polaris Slingshot There's no ignoring this when it's next to you in traffic.Chris Teague


However, for many, the Slingshot remains a complete mystery, so here are three things you need to know.

It's Loud

No, I don't mean loud in the sense that you can hear it coming – though that's part of the deal, too. I mean loud in the visual sense. Like, 1990s ugly sweater loud. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but the one thing that isn't up for debate is that the Slingshot is eye-catching. Add a couple of people wearing full-face helmets and it's nearly impossible to look away from the thing.

It's a Crazy Driving Experience

It's true that this isn't a motorcycle, but the way the Slingshot puts its passengers' rear ends just a couple of inches off the road surface and not all that far away from its 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine creates one lively experience. Every bump, crack, and sound can be felt and heard, though it's not unpleasant at all and adds to the experience. Couple that with the open-air driving experience and giant tires communicating it all into the steering wheel and the Slingshot is a wild ride.

It's Surprisingly Quick

I tested the Slingshot R, which is one of the flashier and more expensive models Polaris makes. Its in-house four-cylinder engine checks in at 2.0 liters and delivers 203 horsepower, 144 pound-feet of torque, and a whole lot of noise. The advertised 0-60 mph time for the R is 4.9 seconds, which is quicker than some sports sedans, though it feels much more violent and faster than that in person. The optional Autodrive five-speed gearbox is an automated manual, which means that it will shift itself when asked, but is happiest with the driver firing off shifts with the steering wheel-mounted paddles.



The Slingshot is one of the few vehicles that defies almost everything to be what it is. It doesn't make sense for people who want a motorcycle and it's not particularly appealing to someone wanting a convertible or roadster. You have to be in the market for a Slingshot to end up buying a Slingshot, and for those that are, they've never been better than they are now.

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The concept has been extensively modified for a life lived off the beaten path.

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Overlanding has become a world of its own, with several parts and vehicle customization companies, media publications, and guide services popping up all over the place. GMC realizes this, and to capitalize on the overlanding craze, the automaker built a Canyon AT4 OVRLANDX off-road concept to show off at the Overland Expo Mountain West 2021, which took place last week.


GMC Canyon AT4 OVRLANDX Concept The OVRLANDX concept carries a kitchenette, solar panels, and more.GMC


Some of the upgrades on the truck include:

  • Cast-iron control arms
  • A heavy-duty front bumper with winch
  • Front and rear electronic locking differentials
  • An off-road jack and mount
  • Multimatic DSSV dampers
  • Off-road rocker panel protectors


Listing the rest of the upgrades would take more words than anybody cares to read but rest assured that they are plentiful and impressive. GMC says that the concept truck gained legitimate capability from the upgrades. The approach angle is 27.7 degrees, and the truck can ford water up to 32.1 inches, which come thanks to a ground clearance of 10 inches and a custom-built snorkel system. The truck rides on 17-inch wheels wrapped in 33-inch BFGoodrich KM3 mud-terrain tires.

Since it's an overlanding concept, the truck needs the ability to support its passengers well off the beaten path. To do that, GMC gave the Canyon AT4 OVRLANDX a cooler and kitchenette, solar panel, and a truck bed storage system with drawers.



GMC Canyon AT4 OVRLANDX Concept You can build something similar to the concept with off-the-shelf parts.GMC


As a concept truck, it's unlikely the AT4 overlanding rig will make it into production as it sits. That said, it's an interesting idea for an intrepid Canyon owner to use as a blueprint. Outside of the chassis work, most of the parts and upgrades can be purchased and installed without a major hassle, but if you're in the market to build a rig, it's best to research your truck's payload capacity and capabilities before overloading for overlanding.

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