It’s the magical year of 1985. SUV’s haven’t started taking over the world yet and the American people have decided that they don’t like station wagons anymore, leaving the minivan to be the no. 1 choice for big families. With that, the development of two minivans from SiMoCo began. The first was the Sisten Pacific, a standard van with seats stuck in the back. The second version however, was much more interesting. The Corsica Solar GTS, named after the Solar sedan, featured a more sleeker and controversial design.
Both cars were unveiled in 1989, when public testing of them were still underway. This was done in order to rush them out to the public quicker, so they could catch the minivan wave.
Corsica Solar GTS
For the first two model years, two versions were available, the first of which was the base SE. With a 3.0 liter V6 borrowed from the base model Cheetah, it rushed from 0 to 100km/h in 10 seconds. Inside, the big party piece were the 8 seats. While the front two seats functioned just as any other normal seat, the second and third row seats could all be rotated 360 degrees, folded flat and even extended for more comfortable leg support.
The standard transmission option was a 3-speed automatic, no manual or a 4-speed auto were ever offered.
Serving its purpose as both the mid- and high level version, the XS came standard with a cassette player instead of the 8-track in the SE. Under the bonnet, the engine looked exactly like the engine in the SE, and that’s because it was the same. As with the base model, the 3-speed auto was the only gearbox.
Because Corsica was still a “sports” brand, the Solar GTS received a V8 in 1991. The engine in question was the SE96 3.5 V8, with 195 horsepower and 240 Nm of torques. The transmission stayed the same, as did practically everything else. Aside from the fuel economy.
The Sport got 12.3 MPG when new.
Started as a small project by three engineers around 1991, the “Big Devil” was picked up by another team in 1992 and turned into a concept car for the 1994 Detroit Auto Show. Getting its name due to the color, it used a modified 4.0 liter V16 sourced from Arion and outputting 435 horsepower with a top speed of 278 km/h. Though the team had plans to enter it into special races, the management at Sisten decided against it and the idea was shelved.
look at the roof scoop though lol
The Big Devil currently rests at the Sisten Museum in Detroit.
|Corsica Solar GTS||SE V6||XS V6||Sport V8||Big Devil V16|
|Engine Type||30C680||30C680||SE96||Arion “399” V16|
|Drivetrain||Front-Wheel Drive||–||–||All-Wheel Drive|
|0-100 km/h||10.1 seconds||10.1 seconds||9.3 seconds||5.3 seconds|
|80-120 km/h||6.5 seconds||6.5 seconds||6.5 seconds||3.6 seconds|
|Fuel Economy||19.1 MPG||19.1 MPG||12.3 MPG||24.6 MPG|
The Solar GTS did not become the sales success that Corsica had hoped for, though that doesn’t mean it was a complete failure. It did stay in production for quite long, lasting until 1998.
In 1990, Corsica launched their version of the Zeta/Starling twins.