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Corsica Motor Company - Sisten S1500 and S3500 High Duty


#94

Fantastic piece of 80’s design, excellent video and nice interior! I wish I could put something this nice together!

Dammit Karen!!


#95

Thank you very much to both of you! I was hoping that the video wouldn’t be considered too ‘boring’, and it seems that it wasn’t.


#96

bookmarks this for when I’m done with LC and reboots Derrickson


#98

A print advertisement from 1990, after the launch of the Zeta sports car.


By 1984, the Corsica Cheetah had proven itself to be a popular pony car. Models were flying off the shelves (by Sisten standards, at least) and nearly every TV show featured one as a background extra. Indeed, it was proving to be so popular that the smart heads at Corsica immediately started working on the new one.

After 4 smooth years spent in development, the Cheetah II was launched at the North American International Auto Show in 1988, the same place where the original Cheetah had been introduced.


Corsica Cheetah II

from 1988-1996

Design

The first drafts for the second generation Cheetah featured a design very similar to the original model, with key differences including slimmer headlights, a completely redesigned B-pillar and an overall lower height. However, once these designs reached Jack Tennant (CEO of the Sisten Motoring Corporation, former heavyweight champion), he quickly rejected them. In his famous words: “It’s exactly the same!” Following this, he ordered the design team to take cues from the Sisten 2000 concept vehicle. As a result, the final version looked radically different, with a much more muscular stance, a shark-nose element in the front and a two-tone paint job on all models.


Engines & Transmissions

Overall, a total of three engines were offered. The first of these is the entry-level, 3.0 liter V6. Internally known as the 30C680, this was a modified version of the V6 in the original Cheetah. Utilizing the same 24-valve layout, power output was increased from 171 to 184 horsepower. With that, 0-100 km/h was decreased to just 6.9 seconds. Torque numbers increased as well, namely from 218 to 240 Nm. When it comes to transmission options, the 5-speed manual in use was the SMTYR4 from the 1988 to 1991 model years. Starting in 1992, it was replaced with the SMTUR4 version, being much more reliable and easy to fix than the original. The automatic on offer was a 4-speed automatic, again being the same as in the original Cheetah.

The second engine, the 4.5 GV was again a modified version of the engine used in the first generation. Thanks to more modern techniques, horsepower shot up from 200 to 237 horsepower, torque went up from 271 to 330 Nm. This version of the engine ended up also being used in the base-model Sisten Canyon pickup truck. With a 0-100km/h of just 6.3 seconds, the V8 was definitely quick for its day.

The third engine is actually a turbocharged version of the V6, available exclusively with the Sport Turbo. While horsepower went to 192 horsepower, it was just 0.1 seconds faster to 100 km/h. This was due to the secret fact that the Turbo was simply meant to be a more fuel efficient version in the range. The average fuel economy rating was 17.4 MPG.


Trims and Special Versions

Each engine corresponded to their own trim version. As is tradition with the Cheetah, the V6 Sport was the “entry-level” model and the V8 Supersport was the flagship model. However, another model entered the range in 1990; the V8 Circuit Special.

The Circuit Special (pictured below) filled two spots with its existence. It was both a cosmetic upgrade to the V8 and it was also a more track focused version. With stiffer suspension, a spoiler and louvres, the CS lasted from 1990 until 1995.

The V6 Sport Turbo (pictured above) joined the model range in 1992, sitting between the Sport and Supersport. As mentioned earlier, it used a modified V6 with a turbo attached to it. This model would last until the production for the Cheetah II would end.


Production

Nearly 800,000 units from this generation were produced. About 700,000 of those were in the Sisten Detroit plant in Detroit, the other 100,000 were made in Mexico.

The last unit of the second generation Cheetah rolled off of the production line in 1996.


Specifications

Corsica Cheetah II V6 Sport V6 Sport Turbo V8 Supersport V8 Circuit Special
Engine
Engine Type 30C680 30C680 TC GV V8 GV V8
Horsepower 184 192 237 237
Torque 241 251 330 330
Drivetrain Rear-Wheel Drive - - -
Performance
Top Speed 221km/h 223km/h 239km/h 234km/h
0-100 km/h 6.9 seconds 6.8 seconds 6.3 seconds 6.2 seconds
80-120 km/h 4.4 seconds 4.4 seconds 3.8 seconds 3.7 seconds
Fuel Economy 16.7 MPG 17.4 MPG 13.8 MPG 13.7 MPG
Car
Weight 1196kg 1250kg 1257kg 1240kg
Price (N/A) $12,700 $13,000 $14,200 $14,500

Then they made a minivan in 1989. Screw everybody.


#99

Why is the turbo V6 offered when it doesn’t have much more power than the atmo V6? Oh, I get it. It’s meant to provide better economy. But with any engine, the Cheetah lives up to its name - it has the moves to match its looks.


#100

The 88 Cheetah and the new Minivan are looking good.


#101

EDIT: After 24 hours, Design 3 has won the poll - With that, thank you to everyone who voted, I really appreciate it a lot!


Welcome to…

“I Can’t Decide Which Design Is Better So I’ll Let You Decide!”


Hello and welcome to the first annual “Please Help Me” poll!

I (Corsica) am planning (is planning) to announce the 2020 Yosemite at the upcoming New York International Auto Show. However, I’m having real trouble deciding between the front-light design, so I’m hoping the community can help me with the decision.

With that, there is a poll below where you can vote for one of three designs.

Design 1: Arguably the most basic of the designs, this is the first one I made. It was used for my CSR 94 entry, albeit on a pickup rather than an SUV.

Design 2: With this one, the side reflector is now slimmer. Also it now looks a bit like a Range Rover…

Design 3: The final design features a much sharper, sleeker reflector. Although I like it a lot, I fear that it might look too much like a modern Kimura (from titleguy1). If this design gets any complaints, it’s very unlikely it will be chosen as the final version.


In case this helps, here are pictures of the 1st generation as well as the current 4th generation models.


  • Design 1
  • Design 2
  • Design 3

0 voters


If you think that none of these designs are good or you have any other suggestions, please do let me know!


#102

When was Corsica founded again? Just asking :smirk:


#103

You should like, uh read the thread sometime, donut.


#104

I’m gonna make a useless argument that I think will make this situation not worse when it really does and make people hate me even more. (Jk just a joke I’m just an absolute dumbass at times)


#105

…what? I’ve read that sentence many times now and I’ve still no idea what you are talking about

yay 100


#106

Idk either and I made the comment


#107

what


#108

let’s play a new forum game called don’t do that :smiley:


#109

Also are the plastic flares around the wheel arches on the car or custom? Just wanting to know so when Automation is done taking 20 minutes to load I can make a project car and use ideas I got from other cars.


#110

For God’s sake everything is custom


#111

First of all, I’d like to thank @On3CherryShake and @Boiled_Steak for helping out Mr. Donut while I was not available. An additional thank you to @CC9020 .

Now, @desperatedonut5 . As your no. 1 biggest fan here on these forums, I have honestly had it with you spamming every thread you find with useless, throwaway comments that you seemingly make to start drama. You have been told many times to stop the spam and yet you simply will not take notice. And no, I wouldn’t excuse this behavior because you are seemingly younger than others here; anyone who is old enough to use the internet and be allowed to make an account in this forum should have to be able to understand the forum etiquette. Your “Idk either and I made the comment”…comment seems to show exactly what kind of a commenter you are. You just don’t care. And if you don’t care, then what is the point of commenting?

If your urge to reply on others threads really can’t control itself, then how-a-bout you say something that the other person could find useful or be thankful for.

“Wow, that is most definitely a very unique design choice - I am really liking that!”

That’s pretty basic, however it’s still a million times better than

“I kinda dig the weird hatchback design”.

Saying that to a car made by a legendary designer here is stupid.

As for you seemingly constantly using Corsica or even Sisten in your lore… yeah do continue please, that’s funny. Once you ask for permission, at least. But… “When was Corsica founded again? Just asking” - Why the hell did you ask that? For the love of god I still don’t understand, please answer.

Here’s what I think you should do: you should take a little break from this place, grow a little older and learn how human interactions online work. Then, after about a year, you come back. Then you’re only going to continue with one company while not being a hazard to the community.


#112

I’m sorry. There’s no excuses for my absolute stupidity. I will refrain from this website until April 2nd so I can let my reign on this forum collapse and I can become a sensible fucking human being. I am sorry for making this forum into crap and I promise to try and not do it again. I wanted today to be a mostly liking posts day but that clearly didn’t work. I’m sorry and goodbye for a while - Mr. Donut <3

P.S When I get back. I’m gonna put the others on hold and only have Taimania as my only company for now.


#113

Calm down. Take a breath, it’s a forum, not your whole life. Take a step back. You didn’t ruin the forum and the only thing you did wrong was commenting everywhere, often for no good reason. Just tone back the quantity and increase the quality of everything you’re doing here - you’ll get a much more positive reaction.


#114

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

from 1989-1998

SE

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.


XS

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.


Sport

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.


“Big Devil”

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.


Specifications

Corsica Solar GTS SE V6 XS V6 Sport V8 Big Devil V16
Engine
Engine Type 30C680 30C680 SE96 Arion “399” V16
Horsepower 163 163 195 435
Torque 238 238 240 425
Drivetrain Front-Wheel Drive All-Wheel Drive
Performance
Top Speed 216km/h 216km/h 228km/h 276km/h
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
Car
Weight 1446kg 1446kg 1513kg 1608kg
Price (Adjusted) $29,000 $31,400 $32,000 -


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.