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GMC Typhoon

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A high performance version of the GMC Jimmy produced by GMC from 1991-1993.

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The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's GMC Typhoon page on 8 November 2018, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

The GMC Typhoon is a high-performance SUV, produced from 1991 to 1993 by GMC. The Typhoon was based on the 1991 GMC Jimmy.

Like the GMC Syclone, the Typhoon is powered by a 4.3 L LB4 V6 engine producing 280 hp (209 kW) at 4,400 rpm and 360 lb·ft (488 N·m) of torque at 3,600 rpm. The engine is a modified version of the Vortech engine found in the standard Jimmy, which originally produced 190 hp. The engine uses a Mitsubishi TD06-17C/8 cm2 turbocharger producing 14 psi of boost and a Garrett Water/Air intercooler, as well as revised intake manifolds, fuel system, exhaust manifolds, and a 48 mm (2 in) twin-bore throttle body from the 5.7 L GM Small-Block engine. The Typhoon sends power to all four wheels through a 700r4 4-speed automatic transmission and a BorgWarner 4472 (the Syclone used a BorgWarner 1372) transfer case splitting torque with 35% forward and 65% to the rear wheels. Other features include upgraded brakes, a limited slip rear differential and sport modifications to the standard suspensions. Unlike the Syclone, the Typhoon featured an air-operated self-leveling rear suspension.

During tests by Car and Driver, the Typhoon was capable of accelerating from 0–60 mph (0–97 km/h) in 5.3 seconds and could do a quarter-mile run in 14.1 seconds at 95 mph (153 km/h). Car and Driver compared the Syclone's performance favorably to the Ferrari 348ts, Chevrolet Corvette, and Nissan 300ZX Turbo. It cost US$29,970, though the magazine criticized the plasticy interior pieces.


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1999 BookGeneral Motors Blazer/Jimmy/Typhoon/Bravada 1983-93 Repair Manual by Thomas A. Mellon; Chilton Automotive Books


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