Do the high pressure hydraulics required to operate the Forklift attachment come with the car or are they somehow integrated in the attachment itself?
They come with the car, but they need to be activated…
Seems like an unnecessary amount of additional weight for city and snow mode.
could say they are standard equiment, but need installation prior to use
Yes, that’s the answer
Lore Restart (Mostly)
Yes, I’m restarting most of the car design lore. Exactly 100 days after I created this thread. Sorry.
It’s 1978. You, the CEO of America’s second (or third, fourth etc. please don’t get angry over this) biggest car manufacturer, the Sisten Motoring Corporation, have decided to put on your crisis suit. People have flocked over to Japanese imports after the fuel crisis and as such, nobody is buying Sistens or Taluvecs anymore. Well, aside from grandpa whose back hurts.
But you’re not surrendering yet. No, you call in a secret meeting between all the big heads at SiMoCo to figure out the solution to the two main problems: 1. Young people aren’t buying your cars, and 2. Pretty much no one is buying your cars.
The solution? Create a new brand that would attract those youngsters and would offer compact models with good mileage to rival the imports. A new brand, called Corsica.
Designed by Sisten-veteran John B. Delaman, it was his last design before he retired in late 1982. The Cheetah was first presented at the 1981 North American International Auto Show, in a booth completely separated from Sisten and Taluvec.
Two models were shown at the show, the Sport 3.0 V6 and the Supersport 4.5 V8. After the positive reception, models started rolling out to dealerships in mid-1981.
The Gen. 1 Cheetah features all-round independent suspension and the Rear Drive System© (Sistens name for RWD they used in the 70’s and 80’s, for no apparent reason).
The V6 with cutting-edge Fuel Injection was a modified version of the SC 30C679, previously used in entry-level Taluvecs. When new, it produced 171 horsepower and 218 torques. But the crowd-pleaser was obviously the Supersport V8, a 4.5 liter… beast… that produced 200 horsepower and 271 Nm of torque. However, it would not be the range-topper forever.
In 1985, Corsica launched the very first CR model, it standing for Corsica Racing. To make the CR, a fat TURBO was attached to the V8, increasing the horsepower rating to 252 and making 339 torques more, allowing the 0-100km/h speed to jump from 7.4 to 6.4 seconds.
A mild spoiler was fitted and the rear bumper received two extra exhaust pipes. Because it was originally planned to be in limited-production only, just one color was available. The exclusive blue would become a standard for all CR models, even when later models could be optioned with other colors.
As mentioned two sentences ago, the CR was originally meant to be in limited-production only. After the original 200 cars were built however, Corsica r̶e̶a̶l̶i̶z̶e̶d̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶y̶ ̶h̶a̶d̶ ̶s̶o̶m̶e̶ ̶m̶o̶r̶e̶ ̶b̶l̶u̶e̶ ̶p̶a̶i̶n̶t̶ ̶l̶e̶f̶t̶ ̶o̶v̶e̶r̶ decided to build 100 more to give to the best performing dealerships in the US.
With just 300 units built, it is currently the most sought after CR. However, it isn’t the rarest original Cheetah model.
In celebration of Sisten’s 80th anniversary in 1986, SMG decided to take a model from each of the brands lineups and dress them up in some fancy paint. For Sisten, it was the Sunburst hatch, Taluvec chose the Callahan TTS full-size sedan and Corsica went with the Cheetah.
To make the Corsica Cheetah “80th Anniversary Edition”, they took a fully-loaded V8 Supersport from the factory, painted them in gold and then put some stickers on them. 10 of the cars went to former executives and noteworthy employees, the other 70 went to very select dealers. One car burnt down in a dealership fire and another was crashed a year after it was sold.
3.0 V6 | 1981
Horsepower: 171hp @ 6200 RPM
Torque: 218 Nm @ 4300 RPM
Top Speed: 200km/h
0-100km/h: 7.7 seconds
Transmission: 4-speed manual/5-speed manual/4-speed automatic
Price: Starting from $38000
4.5 V8 | 1981
Horsepower: 200hp @ 5400 RPM
Torque: 271 Nm @ 5100 RPM
Top Speed: 210km/h
0-100km/h: 7.4 seconds
Transmission: 5-speed manual/4-speed automatic
Price: Starting from $43000
4.5 V8 Turbo | 1985 (CR)
Horsepower: 252hp @ 5500 RPM
Torque: 339 Nm @ 4700 RPM
Top Speed: 212km/h
0-100km/h: 6.4 seconds
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Price: Starting from $45000
For Corsica, their next model skipped 1982 and came out in '83; the Oakwood full-size sedan. But, for 1984, Corsica followed up on their promise to make fuel-efficient vehicles…
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Those are huge power numbers for 1981! GM needed 3.4L and DOHC to hit 200 hp from a V6… ten years after this one!
“Always 10 years ahead of GM” has actually been the tagline for Corsica since 1981.
that was a lie
And anyway. We know those “Real People Not Actors” ads from Chevy.
J D P O W E R
The post-reboot original Cheetah lives up to its name; from the front it reminds me of a Sierra RS Cosworth or Alpine A310, with those quad sealed-beam headlights and low-mounted grille.
Woah mama, it’s a news report from 1985!
Sisten, Corsica warehouse robbed in East Detroit
February 6, 1985
On the evening of the 4th of February, 6 individuals broke into the Sisten Motoring Corporation in East Detroit, stealing nine (9) shipping containers. The containers were loaded up earlier in the day with steering wheels and foot pedals.
Police were first notified of the crime the following morning and a quick lead was found in the security cam footage, showing the burglars loading the containers onto three trucks. A later search found that all of the trucks were registered in Canada. The Daily Motors have contacted Canada and their automotive business about the burglary and we will give an update when we hear back.
The damage has been rated at approximately $800.
Daily Notepad February 28th, 1985 “Quebec Cars exposed”
Earlier today Quebec has sent out an important letter to Corisca. Here’s what follow: “Regarding the night of February 5th. We did steal the parts. We have made a grave mistake that our company will not recover from, and will never do it again. We will pay back any amount caused from the incident. We will recall all vehicles and replace them with custom parts from our designers.” Quoted Head CEO Kelvin A Trudeau. He later quoted: “Actually we just had a private chat, and we didn’t mean to steal the parts. Or head designer paid some thug gang in Detroit to steal and load them into a plane. He isn’t here, but we have notified the police.”. A week later Head Designer Julian Kastro was found in Belize hiding and she was later deported to Canada and arrested on Grand Theft. She will be sentence to 17 years in prison without bail for another charge of Attempted Murder on head ceo Kelvin. @CorsicaUnknown
In 1982, the Sisten Motoring Corporation struck a deal for a partnership with the Pajaro Motor Corporation. From 1982 until 1995, Sisten and Pajaro would take advantage of each others engines, platforms and even cars, as was to be showcased in 1984.
After the partnership was made, Jack Tennant (CEO of SMC, former comedian) traveled to Japan in order to find a compact and fuel-efficient vehicle they could re-work into a Corsica. After going from a plane to a taxi to the Pajaro headquarters, he was met with the Pajaro XRZ. All-new for 1982, the XRZ was a compact 4-seater kei-car, available with a 660cc straight-3 or a Turbocharged 1.3 Inline-4. The 1.3 turbo would become the foundation for Corsica’s first, and so far only subcompact.
In order to not make the same mistake as they did with the Oakwood, the Corsica Lazer had some different design cues from the car it was based on. The front features an off-center grille and a bigger bumper, to meet US crash safety requirements. At the rear, the license-plate indent was also made off-center and a small roof spoiler was added.
The side is distinguished by a long plastic piece, running across the car. On the XRZ, this piece was body colored on all but the entry-level model. To save costs however, all Lazers had it painted black, actually helping it stand out from the crowd in the long run.
The singular engine option on offer was the 1.3 turbo Inline-4, mentioned above.
One of the reasons for the collaboration was to make Sistens, Taluvecs and Corsicas more reliable… The CCI T4 1.3 Turbo happens to be one of the least reliable engines Pajaro has ever manufactured.
Very unusual for an American* car, no automatic transmission was ever available, as a 5-speed manual was the exclusive choice.
LAZER GL - The GL is a rare model, partially because it lasted just 3 model years, from 1984 to 1986, and mostly because it was as barren as a Turkish prison. Plastic bumpers and black steel wheels came standard and just 3 colors were available. The inside has an incredibly basic 8-track player and cheap cloth seats.
LAZER GLX - Essentially a direct upgrade to the GL, the GLX has color coded bumpers, wheels with style and foglights. The interior receives slightly better seats and A/C comes as standard.
LASER TL - The best version, because H O O D - I N T A K E and a cassette player too. Starting with 1987, ABS became standard.
The Lazer was never a volume seller, but it did well enough to be profitable. “BUT”, you scream, “What about a five-door version?!?!”.
This is the only evidence of a five-door version ever existing. Found in an old scan of a car magazine, the picture is dated around March 1985. The location where the image was taken is unknown.
It continued until 1990, before being discontinued. To this day, it remains to be the only small hatch to grace Corsicas lineup and has found a small- but loyal underground following
1.3 I4 Turbo | 1984
Horsepower: 85hp @ 6000 RPM
Torque: 124 Nm @ 3200 RPM
Top Speed: 155km/h
0-100km/h: 10.7 seconds
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Price: Starting from $9300 (1984)
Skipping another model year in 1985, Corsica and Sisten continued their partnership with Pajaro, finally resulting in the 1986 Solar.
Now I know what the 1985 Montreal will go against
Oops, here goes my plan to upload everything in chronological order. But, I think this break is still worth it! Also, another reminder that the Sisten Motoring Corporation is the company in which Corsica is a sub-brand in, alongside Sisten and Taluvec.
From Arion’s side:
Around 1988, the executives at the Sisten Motoring Corporation started taking notice of Arion Automotive, a company located in the Greatest of Britains. They started having talks with the higher-ups at Arion about acquiring a large stake in them in hopes of not only borrowing engines and technologies, but also in order to increase the size of Sisten size in the European market.
By '89, Sisten acquired a 29.6% stake in Arion, and this resulted in their first collaboration car, the Arion Starling & Corsica Zeta.
The Zeta and Starling were unveiled in 1990, both going on sale the same year. The three versions offered for the first three model years were the GL, GLX and Sport.
The Zeta was designed to be the more “budget-friendly” version of the Starling… something that didn’t make too much sense as the Zeta was offered exclusively in the US market.
When it comes to the engine, both of the twins used the same Arion designed 2.0 V6 engine, outputting 193 horsepower and achieving a 0-62 mph time of 5.3 seconds. This engine was mounted either to a 5-speed manual (standard in the base GL trim) or a 4-speed Corsica G-Tron automatic (standard in every other model).
In 1992, the Zeta became available with All-Wheel Drive with the CS Altrive trim (pictured above). The CS used a basic AWD system borrowed from a 10-year old Sisten and only managed to get through to 1995 before being discontinued.
When it comes to the design, the exterior was mostly done in-house by the designers from Arion. However, the interiors for both the cars were very different. As the Starling was the more luxurious offering with leather seats, it was in stark contrast to the Zeta’s black plastic dashboard and cloth seats.
The suspension of the Zeta was cheaper and more basic too, as were the brakes.
2.0 V6 Turbo | 1990
Horsepower: 193hp @ 6800 RPM
Torque: 267 Nm @ 3500 RPM
Top Speed: 155km/h
0-100km/h: 10.7 seconds
Transmission: 4-speed automatic, 5-speed manual
Price: Starting from $25500 (1990)
The collaborations between Corsica and Arion would not end after the Starling/Zeta twins, as was showcased later in such models as the 1998 Cheetah CR Superspeed. Corsica’s next model would be the 1992 C900.
Fiero ripoff? Maybe
@desperatedonut5 I don’t see any visual cue that remembers me of a Pontiac Fiero.
I think it’s time for us to get a dislike button.
Mid-engined and American = Fiero