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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 Engineering SVE 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 Engineering The 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 Engineering The 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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Ford offering limited edition colors for 2022 Ranger Splash

The Ranger Splash will be offered in three limited-run colors.

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During its time off the market in the United States, the Ford Ranger remained a popular utility vehicle in global markets. In other markets, the truck is offered in unique special editions, such as the Ranger Raptor and Ranger Storm, but the options in the U.S. are limited. Last year, Ford announced the return of the Ranger Splash, a funky version of the truck that roamed the streets in the 1990s. Today, the automaker outlined another Splash edition, this time to be produced in limited quantities with special color options.

Ford will offer three colors for the new Ranger Splash Limited Edition: Snow Edition, Forest Edition, and Sand Edition. The colors will roll out one at a time "every few months," according to Ford, and the package will add $1,495 to the Ranger's price tag.

Ranger Splash Limited Edition The Snow Edition is based on the Lariat trim, but the other two are based on the lower XLT model.Ford

The Lariat Ranger Splash Snow Edition features a gray paint color with black exterior trim and a unique grille design. Inside, the truck carries ebony leather upholstery with ash gray accent stitching and carbon touches. Ford says it will produces just 750 Splash Snow Edition trucks, with availability starting in spring.

The XLT Ranger Splash Forest Edition (pictured above) comes with Forged Green exterior paint and red grille accents. The interior offers black cloth upholstery with ash gray accent stitching and carbon accents. Just 500 Forest Edition vehicles will be produced, with availability starting in summer.

Ranger Splash Limited Edition The colors will roll out every few months in 2022. Ford

The third and final truck in the series is the XLT Ranger Splash Sand Edition. It gets Desert Sand exterior paint, dark exterior accents and red grill "nostrils." It also gets black cloth upholstery with ash gray stitching and carbon accents. The Sand Edition will debut in fall with a run of only 500 trucks.

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Larger tires headline the upgrades.

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The off-road wars are heating up. This year alone, we've seen the new Ford Bronco, Rivian's R1T electric pickup truck, new off-road models of the Ford Ranger, GMC Canyon, and Chevrolet Silverado, and more rugged versions of the Subaru Outback and Forester. Jeep, already deep in the game, doesn't need to do much to bolster its off-road offering, but the brand is doing just that for 2022. The automaker is offering a new Xtreme Recon Package for the Wrangler Willys SUV, which brings more capability and style to the boxy off-roader.

Jeep Wrangler Willys Xtreme Recon Package The package can be ordered for Wrangler Willys models later this year. Jeep Wrangler Willys Xtreme Recon Package

Beyond beefy 35-inch tires tires, the Wrangler Willys with Xtreme Recon Package gets a 1.5-inch factory lift, a 4.56:1 axle ratio, 17-inch wheels and swing gate reinforcement. Jeep says those improvements give the Willys best-in-class approach and departure angles, ground clearance, and water fording capability. Approach angle improves to 47.4 degrees, breakover angle improves to 26.7 degrees, and departure angle jumps to 40.4 degrees. The extra ride height also pushes ground clearance to 12.9 inches and the water fording depth to 33.6 inches.

The package's 35-inch tires make the Willys Jeep's third Wrangler model with hardcore rolling stock. It joins the Wrangler Rubicon and Wrangler Rubicon 392 in the 35-inch club, all of which can be equipped with the tires directly from the factory.

Jeep Wrangler Willys Xtreme Recon Package A factory lift helps improve ground clearance and capability.Jeep

The Xtreme Recon Package can be ordered starting in October and will be available for the Jeep Wrangler Willys with 3.6-liter eTorque engine. The package adds $3,995 to the Wrangler Willys' price tag, which brings the total starting price to $40,930, including a $1,495 destination charge.

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