SVE Colorado Xtreme Off Road, GMC Cyclone

Specialty Vehicle Engineering (SVE), a GM Specialty Vehicle Manufacturer that creates turnkey GM muscle cars and trucks like the 1,100 hp Yenko Camaro and 850 hp Yenko Silverado, has committed to throwing the 750 hp, 600 lb ft of torque 5.3-liter V- 8s to a handful of 2022 Chevy Colorados and GMC Canyons. This isn’t a new engine swap for SVE, as it housed the small block in its 2021 GMC Syclone (Canyon) last year, but it has now added the Colorado to its collection. Before that, it supercharged the 3.6-liter V-6.

While the engine swap is the cornerstone, other performance and visual mods contribute to fully custom SVE truck builds. The SVE went in opposite directions stylistically with GM’s twin midsizes, with the Colorado bent toward off-roading and the Canyon designed to kill the pavement. The company will only build 50 lifted V-8 Colorados and 50 lowered V-8 Canyons, making them quite exclusive.

2022 750 hp V-8 AWD Cyclone

Specialty Vehicle Engineering’s 2022 GMC Canyon is a lowered muscle car modeled after the legendary AWD GMC Syclone. Therefore, it is known as a 2022 GMC Syclone. It’s a modern supercharged super truck that can haul ass (and stuff, if practical justification is needed). It is based on the 2022 GMC Canyon Elevation Standard-trimmed extended cab trucks. And yes, it actually has full-time four-wheel drive, the transfer case sending 62 percent of the power to the rear wheels and 38 percent to the front wheels.

2022 750 hp Xtreme Off Road

The new SVE 2022 Chevy Colorado Xtreme Off Road is an off-road oriented truck based on the 2022 Chevy Colorado Crew Cab ZR2 trim. It is equipped to land, adventure, explore and strike responsibly. With prominent bedside graphics, beefy fenders, a custom sports bar topped with optional bed-mounted LED lights, a full-size spare wheel and tire mounted in the bed, a mild lift and aggressive wheels and tires, Xtreme Off Road looks like watching while you drive Frame TRX.

Inside the Supercharged 5.3-liter V-8

The SVE Colorado Xtreme Off Road and SVE Canyon Syclone builds share a supercharged 5.3-liter V-8 that produces 750 hp and 600 lb-ft of torque, mated to an upgraded 8L90E eight-speed automatic transmission. In its stock form, the EcoTec3 L83 5.3-liter is the 355 hp, 383 lb-ft of torque version of the engine used in the Silverado, Sierra, Tahoe, Suburban and Yukon from about 2014 to 2019.

To support all that extra power, the interior has been beefed up to include a forged twisted steel crankshaft, custom ground camshaft, forged steel H-beam connecting rods, forged aluminum pistons, modified L83 high-flow cylinder heads with ARP heads and head bolts, and so on. SVE’s own centrifugal compressor has a 33 percent larger eight-rib drive system, and there’s an air-to-water cooling system. The fuel system and injectors have also been upgraded.

Raised and lowered suspensions

The SVE Syclone Canyon is lowered two inches in the front and five inches in the rear for a sporty, performance-oriented suspension. A heavy-duty rear sway bar and heavy-duty tie rods help keep things under control.

The SVE Xtreme Off-Road Colorado features a four-inch BDS lift and retains the Colorado ZR2’s Multimatic DSSV dampers.

Wheels and tires for different purposes

The Syclone wears satin black 20×10 lightweight aluminum six-spoke wheels that include a Syclone logo on one spoke, a red stripe around the outer rim and “S” center caps. The wheels are wrapped in 275/45R20 Nitto NT420V tires.

The Xtreme Off-Road rides on black 18×8 aluminum wheels with “X” centercap graphics. It’s just a painted rim; they are not beadlocks. The LT295/70R18 tires are Nitto Recon Grapplers, solid off-road and quiet on pavement.

Small details in the interior

Both trucks have an optional leather seat package in two different colors. Black seats get red and white stitching, while Cocoa Dune seats get black and white stitching. Logos are appropriately embroidered on the headrests and floor mats, and a numbered dash plaque adds the finishing touch.

How much will they cost?

A 750-hp V-8 supercharged Chevy Colorado or GMC Canyon backed by a warranty? It is convincing. SVE claims its Syclone and Xtreme Off Road “could easily qualify as the fastest limited production mid-size pickup trucks for the 2022 model year.” That gives decent bragging rights, if the wallet allows for such lavish spending of at least $80,000 (as reported by GM Authority for the 2021 GMC Syclone), which does not include the cost of the donor truck.

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