The Pick of the Day shows that performance-tuned SUVs have history
High-performance SUVs are nothing new, although in recent years they have reached new heights of power and refinement.
The Pick of the Day is an earlier example, a special-edition 1993 GMC Typhoon that was a factory-tuned sports model of the compact Jimmy, and powered by a turbocharged version of the standard 4.3-liter Vortec V6.
Horsepower was bumped from 190 for the regular Jimmy to 280 for the Typhoon, fed through a 4-speed automatic transmission, limited-slip differential and all-wheel drive. Torque was rated at 360 pound-feet at 3,600 rpm.
Contemporary road tests found that the Typhoon could accelerate from zero to 60 mph in just over 5 seconds and run the quarter mile in the low 14s. Quite remarkable for the era, and especially for a small utility wagon.
Typhoons were produced for just two model years, with a total of about 4,700 sold.
This Typhoon is a low-mileage 2-door wagon in great largely original condition, according to the Fort Lauderdale, Florida, dealer advertising it on ClassicCars.com. It has just 44,465 miles showing on the odometer.
“This is an extremely clean example; we call her Black Beauty,” the dealer says in the ad.
The engine has had a “recent overhaul,” the dealer says, and everything is in working order. The paint is still glossy, the interior is in nice condition , the glass is good and the SUV has been fitted with a set of Corvette ZR1 wheels, with the original set of wheels and tires included in the sale, the ad says.
And the Typhoon still performs with the gusto that was intended, the dealer adds.
“This SUV rockets off the line with its signature AWD,” the ad claims. “The turbo spools nicely… It does have an aftermarket exhaust system that sounds great.”
The asking price for this interesting piece of GM performance is $19,000.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.