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Specialty Vehicle Engineering gives supercharged 2021 GMC Syclone 750-horsepower

This new truck is considered a first-generation model by its maker.

Photo courtesy of Specialty Vehicle Engineering

Specialty Vehicle Engineering (SVE), formerly SLP, has unveiled a fresh, powerful take on the GMC Canyon midsize pickup truck, the 2021 GMC Syclone. Just 50 of the models will be made.

To create the truck, SVE has modified a GMC Canyon. The 2021 Syclone is based on an extended cab/short bed variant of the truck. It's available in any color offered by GMC.

2021 GMC Syclone by Specialty Vehicle EngineeringSVE has given the truck enough of an upgrade to generate 750 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque.Photo courtesy of Specialty Vehicle Engineering

Under the hood is a supercharged 5.3-liter V8 engine that delivers 750 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque. It features a blueprinted L83 aluminum a forged 1538MV twisted steel crankshaft, forged H-beam rods, forged aluminum pistons, and modified L83 high-flow cylinder heads with ARP high-strength head and main studs. The supercharger is made by SVE. The truck also has a high- and low-pressure fuel system with high-flow injectors, a high-efficiency air-to-water intercooler system, and custom stainless steel exhaust system with high-flow cats.

According to SVE, that engine has nearly the same weight as the V6 traditionally under the hood fo the GMC when it comes from the manufacturer, leaving the truck's weight distribution unchanged.

There's a significant hood scoop to accommodate the supercharger.

It comes standard with full-time all-wheel drive.

2021 GMC Syclone by Specialty Vehicle EngineeringThe rear of the truck has been lowered five inches.Photo courtesy of Specialty Vehicle Engineering

SVE has given the truck a sport suspension lowering it by two inches up front and five inches at the rear. It now has a heavy-duty sway bar, traction bar, and bushings, and performance shock absorbers and brakes.

The model rides on 20-inch forged aluminum alloy wheels with a black satin finish with Syclone red graphics with red line wheel stripes. The wheels are wrapped on Michelin 285/45R20 Pilot Sport 4 SUV tires.

Buyers can opt for a leather seat package that includes leather seating with a leather insert. It's available in two colors to designed to match the colors offered by the manufacturer. The seats are accented by either red and white stitching on black seats or black and white stitching on Cocoa Dune-colored seats. The Syclone V8 Supercharged logo is embroidered in red on the headrests.

2021 GMC Syclone by Specialty Vehicle EngineeringThe truck rides on standard 20-inch wheels.Photo courtesy of Specialty Vehicle Engineering

SVE sells the model with a standard three-year/36,000-mile limited engine/supercharger warranty, a three-year/36,000-mile heavy-duty transmission limited warranty, and a three-year/36,000-mile limited non-powertrain component warranty.

California enthusiasts thinking about getting the truck will want to note that the model does not meet the state's emission standards and can only be used while participating in sanctioned motorsports racing events in the state.

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The 2023 Crosstrek starts at $23,645.

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Subaru is one of the best at listening to its customers' needs, and the Crosstrek is a great example of that mindset. It's a useful vehicle with plenty of interior space and enough ground clearance to take its passengers well of the beaten path. Today, Subaru announced pricing for the 2023 Crosstrek and Crosstrek Hybrid. The duo will go on sale this summer.

Subaru CrosstrekThe Crosstrek's cabin is adventure-ready and packed with great tech. Subaru

The standard Crosstrek starts at $23,645 before destination and the Crosstrek Hybrid starts at $36,845. Five trims are available for the standard model, including Base, Premium, a new Special Edition, Sport, and Limited. The Hybrid comes in a single trim level. All Crosstrek variants get all-wheel drive with active torque vectoring and 8.7 inches of ground clearance.

The Base, Premium, and Special Edition trims come with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 152 horsepower. The Sport and Limited trims get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder making 182 horsepower. Most models come with a continuously variable transmission, but the Base and Premium trims come standard with a six-speed manual gearbox. The Crosstrek Hybrid comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder paired with two electric motors. The plug-in system can deliver 17 miles of electric range.

Subaru CrosstrekThe Crosstrek delivers 8.7 inches of ground clearance.Subaru

True to Subaru form, the Crosstrek comes with a full suite of advanced driver aids, including automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, lane departure alerts, adaptive cruise, and more. These features are only available for CVT-equipped models. The Limited trim and the Crosstrek Hybrid add automatic high beams, reverse automatic braking, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alerts.

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The majority of new car buyers paid a markup in January 2022.

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It's no secret that new car prices are climbing every year, as new technology and features make their way into even the most basic models. The issue is compounded by massive supply chain issues that have caused vehicle shortages for nearly every major automaker. Some dealers are taking advantage of record low inventory levels by marking up prices, and unfortunately, the problem isn't limited to a handful of bad apples. In analyzing recent sale price data, automotive publication Edmunds found that buyers paid a markup in a whopping 82.2 percent of all new vehicle purchases in January 2022, compared to just 2.8 percent a year before. Overall, the average transaction price rose to $728 above MSRP for new car purchases.


Tesla factoryTesla is looking to expand production in the U.S. beyond the confines of its Fremont factory. Photo courtesy of Tesla Motors

Cadillac buyers saw the largest markups, to the tune of $4,048 on average in January. Land Rover and Kia weren't much better, with average markups of $2,565 and $2,289, respectively. On the other end of the spectrum, Alfa Romeo buyers got discounts that averaged $3,421, while people who bought Volvo or Lincoln vehicles got smaller discounts of $869 and $510, respectively.

Some automakers have taken a stand against dealer markups and the general lack of transparency seen in pricing across the board. Ford and General Motors have been vocal in recent months, threatening to withhold inventory from dealers found to be slapping markups on new vehicles. As Edmunds notes, both automakers have important vehicle launches on the horizon that neither can afford to flub, and inconsistent pricing or markups is a good way to alienate new customers out of the gate.


Cadillac EscaladeCadillac buyers paid the largest markups of any brand. Photo courtesy of Cadillac

If you're thinking of shopping for a new car, the best way to avoid paying a markup is to wait. The pandemic and ongoing supply chain issues have thrown kinks into every automaker's operations that will take time to iron out. That said, it's clear that some brands are committed to having no funny business when it comes to dealerships' pricing and communication. It's possible to get a vehicle at MSRP, or even below in some cases, so if you're in a position that requires you to buy a new car, shop around to get the best deal.

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