The Cyclone is a sleek sports car with a red and white paint job that reflects Sonic's own shoes. The Cyclone is not very large, its size being more reminiscent of a go-kart than an actual car. The car's design seems to take inspiration from the Ferrari F40, along with other similar American and Japanese sports cars.
Sonic Drift series
In gameplay, the Cyclone has good acceleration and top speed, but poor control. As a result of its poor control, it cannot drive through corners as easily as the other cars in the game. As its special ability, the Cyclone can perform a simple, yet quick, speed dash, which has the same effect as the High Speed power-up. Using this ability however, costs two Rings.
|Sonic||Cyclone||Dash||Good acceleration and speed, but poor cornering.|
Sonic Drift 2
In gameplay, the Cyclone has high acceleration and top speed, but low handling. Like before, the Cyclone's low handling means that the player will have a tough time get through tight corners. Also, like in Sonic Drift, the Cyclone's special ability allows Sonic to use a "Dash" that lets him perform a simple, yet quick, speed dash, which has the same effect as the Dash power-up. Like before, using this ability costs two Rings.
|Sonic the Hedgehog||Cyclone||Sonic uses the Dash, a sudden burst of speed that blows him past other drivers. The effect is short lived.||High||High||Low|
Sonic the Hedgehog's Gameworld
In Sonic the Hedgehog's Gameworld, the Cyclone, along with other three characters' vehicles from Sonic Drift, are used in the "Car Race" minigame. In the Car Race, the Cyclone is used by Sonic to race around a circular track in a one-lap kart race against the other characters.
In Sonic Rivals, the Cyclone made an appearance on a collectible card in the game.
- There are two artworks in the PC program Sonic the Hedgehog The Screen Saver , which presents Sonic with a red (and yellow) sports car similar to the Cyclone. The two cars, however, are not identical.