In 1991, one of the most potent performance cars available in the U.S. was not, oddly enough, a car at all. We speak, of course, of the GMC Syclone, a murdered-out regular cab, short bed Sonoma compact pickup truck stuffed with performance suspension and brakes, pavement-centric all-wheel-drive and a turbocharged 4.3L V6 that officially made 280 horsepower (though the real number was probably much closer to 300). Sure, it was pretty much useless as a truck (At least GMC’s follow-up act, the mechanically-identical Jimmy-based Typhoon, had a back seat so it could carry a total of four people.), but man, was it a riot when driven hard.
The GMC Canyon belonging to young Matt Ochoa might not have AWD, and the turbocharger and chassis upgrades might not have been installed at the factory, but that doesn’t make his smaller-than-Sierra hauler any less epic. In fact, it might be a bit more epic, due to the stealthier looks and Audi Sport Quattro soundtrack (they do share an inline-five engine layout, after all). Not bad for a cook at In-N-Out Burger…