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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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A diamond mesh grille fronts the 2022 Kia K8.

PhPhoto courtesy of Kia Motorsoto courtesy of Kia Motors

Goodbye, Cadenza. Hello, K8. The Kia Cadenza is one of those cars that is easy forgotten about (if you ever knew about it in the first place) and frequently passed over in favor of the Toyota Avalon or the like. Still, most every automotive journalist who has driven it likes it.

So, Kia's taking the lessons learned from the Cadenza and some from the K5 and Stinger, and rolling them into a new large sedan, the 2022 Kia K8. This week the company unveiled the first official images of the car ahead of its debut. This is the first vehicle named the K8 in Kia history.

2022 Kia K8 The K8's headlights have integrated turn signals.Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

2022 Kia K8

"Following our recent company rebrand, we keep moving toward our new brand values with a new model – the K8. This modern sedan has been designed with innovation and elegance at its very core," said Karim Habib, Senior Vice President and Head of Kia Global Design Center. "While paying homage to the K7, the K8 looks to the future. Its progressive exterior takes on character and emotion, and combines those qualities with an expressive looking front and a dynamic swooping rear, giving the K8 a high-quality, premium presence that takes direct inspiration from some of the world's most technically advanced yachts."

As seen in the photos, the car wears Kia's new logo on its badging, and has design lines reminiscent of the vehicles it has taken lessons from. There's a frameless tire nose grille with diamond lattice, turn signals integrated into the headlights, an elongated side profile, chrome finish along the bottom of the doors, and a roofline that trails off into the trunk. It's all very much from the Kia sedan lineup.

Kia promises that the car will have a "first class" interior that establishes "new benchmarks in premium quality". The sedan will deliver a high-performance driving experience yet be comfortable to ride in, according to Kia messaging.

The rear of the Kia K8 features elongated taillights.Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

The Kia K8 is expected to arrive in showrooms later this year but the U.S. might not get it until after it's arrived in Korea and Europe.

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The Nissan GT-R probably isn't the first supercar that comes to mind, but it's worthy of consideration if you're not all about being seen.

Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

You put the pedal down. A confident growl busts out the back end. The wheels may squeal, and you might too. It's not all about the power, though it has plenty. The 2021 Nissan GT-R delivers the type of drive experience that you're never going to get from an electric vehicle - and it's magnificent.

Godzilla has been in production since 2007 with nips and tucks and add-ons here and there along the way. It's not as sleek or stylish as the Audi E-Tron GT or even Audi's R8. There's no giant wing out back à la McLaren and certainly nothing Italian about it. The GT-R is it's own man.

Even areas of the country that are supercar-heavy, aren't heavy with GT-Rs. A Ferrari or Lamborghini is a bigger status symbol for adoring eyes. It's the real drivers out there who know that a GT-R is perhaps the better investment for someone who wants a supercar to drive, not just to be seen in. Its unique looks are subtle but properly athletic.

2021 Nissan GT-R Premium The car is capable as a daily driver but it can also push the limits during a track day.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

2021 Nissan GT-R Premium

The reason for that starts but doesn't end with Nissan's 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6. It rests below the hood, not behind your ears, and delivers 565 horsepower and 467 pound-feet of torque creating a visceral acceleration experience. It's enough to satisfy you, bring a smile to your face, impress those around you, and make you realize that Godzilla really is a beast.

The six-speed dual-clutch transmission in the GT-R Premium ($113,540 base price) manages the power nicely and shifts relatively smoothly - it's no Ford 10-speed automatic and that's okay. If you want a GT-R with a manual transmission, you'll have to upgrade to the NISMO model. Don't "save the manuals" me. So few people are buying them that they're becoming extinct despite your bumper sticker saying and hashtag. Most supercars don't have them. Nissan is just simply following an industry trend and the DCT is perfectly fine for drivers not spending the majority of their time on a track.

All wheel drive is standard on the model, meaning that the GT-R sticks to the road as you put it through its paces. That also means that you don't need to head home every time there's rainfall or snow in the forecast, and you can take corners a little faster than the local constabulary may prefer.

The car has athletic looks despite not conforming to the typical supercar design language.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

2021 Nissan GT-R Premium

Proper engineering has made the GT-R a great daily driver. It's fun to push it around the twisties on a winding road in the country during a long weekend, but it's also not a bad car to commute or run errands in (it has a real trunk!). Like any good supercar, the GT-R goes right where you want, when you want it, whether you're doing slow speed maneuvering around a neighborhood or putting the throttle down on the highway. The speed-sensitive steering calibration is spot-on.

Parts of the interior are dated, especially when compared to other vehicles in its price point. But none of those parts are enough to make the GT-R even the least bit undesirable. The seats are surprisingly comfortable and the ride isn't too harsh. Analog dials are a nice break for the eyes.

But the real reason you're in the GT-R isn't because of the the amenities. It's because you love to drive. Because you're confident enough to go with Godzilla rather than a flashy Italian or German. Because you understand that the car nicknamed after a fictional monster, and its gasoline-powered ilk, are in danger of going extinct as carbon neutral priorities seem keen on removing the type of visceral fun that internal combustion engines provide.

The car has analog dials in front of the driver.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

If we're going to have to make concessions to make the air and water cleaner, it would be nice if, on the other end of the spectrum, the powers that be let us keep having the muscle of the GT-R.

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