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Corsica Motor Company - The Corsica Summit "Electric Dreams" by Sprocket Hound


Corsica Motor Company


By the 1970’s, The Sisten Motor Company was the second biggest car manufacturer in the US. However, the average buyer of a Sisten or a Taluvec was above the age of 50. This, combined with the fuel crisis meant that Sisten was losing money. Most of their lineup was outdated as well.

Around 1978, Jack Tennant, the then-boss of Sisten, decided to create a performance oriented brand that would attract young people and those, who didn’t want to be associated with the average Sisten buyer.
In 1981, the Corsica brand was launched with their first car, the Cheetah, instantly becoming a sales hit.

Current Lineup

(from 2014) Treviso Compact Sedan
(from 2017) Savona Compact Convertible
(from 2013) Vienna Mid-Size Sedan
(from 2019) Cinto Compact Crossover
(from 2019) Yosemite Mid-Size SUV
(from 2019) Summit Full-Size Crossover EV
(from 2019) Wildcat Roadster
(from 2019) Cheetah Muscle Car
(from 1993) Volant Sports Car

Historical Lineup

(1981-1988) Cheetah I Muscle Car
(1983-1986) Oakwood Full-Size Sedan
(1984-1989) Lazer Subcompact Car
(1986-1993) Solar I Compact Sedan
(1988-1996) Cheetah II Muscle Car
(1989-1999) Solar GTS Minivan
(1990-1996) Zeta Sports Car
(1991-1998) Altair Personal Luxury Coupe
(1992-1998) C900 Full-Size Sedan
(1992-1999) Yosemite I Mid-Size SUV
(1993-present) Volant Sports Car
(1994-2003) Everest I Full-Size SUV
(1995-2001) Solar II Compact Sedan
(1995-2003) Blitz Compact Car
(1996-2004) Cheetah III Muscle Car

Upcoming Models

Sisten & Taluvec

(1979-1991) Country Cruiser Full-Size Wagon
(2013-present) 10th Gen. S1500 and S3500 Full-Size Pickups

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Very good start :ok_hand: I’d only give Vienna and Yosemite some more powerful engines, even if only as an option.


Thanks a lot! I think i’ll give them some more engine options for the next model year.


The Cheetah’s design looks a bit over saturated (I mean by that that the front is heavy on grilles and lines, same for the side (the chrome square on the door)). Other than that, prices are super legit, the engines are powerful enough, and the designs, although a bit “messy”, are very inspired. Keep up the good work my man.

Edit: “Trailbrake” what a GREAT name. It sounds awesome really.



Corsica Tekna


Every once in a while, the world receives an unappreciated star. A star that is ignored while it’s still alive. A star that tries to get noticed for all the good things it has. The Corsica Tekna was one of those stars. An ignored star that died, because no one believed that the Americans could build a fun and an affordable wagon. The financial crisis didn’t help much either.

Powering the Tekna was either a 3.0l V6 in the Standard trim or a 3.7l Dualstar V6 in the Exclusive trim. Both engines came standard with a 5-speed manual, an automatic transmission was made available for the Exclusive trim in 2008.
Did I mention that this thing was RWD?
Compared to most competitors, the 3.0l got pretty good fuel economy, coming in at 27mpg. The base price was around $24900, with the 3.7 starting at $26000.

2009 brought along a facelifted Tekna. They changed the nose and ESC became standard on all models. This, however, did not help sales. In 2011, Corsica sold just 9000 of these, and unsold stock from 2012 was still being sold by some dealers for the 2014 model year.


3.0 V6
Horsepower: 211
Top Speed: 233km/h
0-62mph: 6.7 seconds
Weight: 1578kg
Price: $24900 (adjusted for inflation)

3.7 V6
Horsepower: 273
Top Speed: 250 (electronically limited)
0-62mph: 6.3 seconds
Weight: 1602kg
Price: $26000 (adjusted for inflation)

And so, the Tekna was killed off in 2012, being replaced with the Centra sedan in 2014. A planned CR version never made it into production, despite nearly being finished.



Corsica Solar (Gen. 2)


In 1986, Corsica realised that they needed a sporty sedan to rival the incoming imports from Germany. So, without any thought or care, they quickly crapped out the 1st gen Solar sedan. It was slow, ugly and not very fuel efficient. But because this was 1980’s America, the critics didn’t really care and neither did the people, who kept buying them.
By 1992, the Solar was more outdated than ever, and Corsica started developing a new version. The original plan was to make a RWD sedan that could get from 0 to 60 in under 6.5 seconds.
None of those things happened. In 1996, the second generation Corsica Solar launched, being an under-performing FWD sedan. The following year, a wagon version was released.

Under the bonnet was a 2.4 V6, the turbo from the outgoing model was not brought back. A 5-speed manual was standard, with an automatic transmission available to choose. Standard equipment included a cassette player, ABS and dual airbags.
In 1999, Corsica released the CR version. It used the 3.5 Turalen V6 engine, which made just 264hp. This version was surprisingly a moderate sales success, but it was dropped by 2003.


2.4 V6
Horsepower: 147
Top Speed: 202km/h
0-62mph: 8.1 seconds
Transmission: 5-speed manual, 4-speed automatic.
Price: $25000-$26900 (adjusted for inflation)

3.5 V6
Horsepower: 264
Top Speed: 239km/h
0-62mph: 6.4 seconds
Price: $28500 (adjusted for inflation)

The Solar was discontinued in 2005, with the wagon being replaced by the Tekna. Below is a print ad from 1996.


264hp for a sedan is not powerful enough to compete with a mustang or a McLaren but for a, pardon the term, basic sedan, is quite enough I’d say


Those exhausts tho ^^



Corsica Cheetah (Gen. 5)


In 2012, 7 years after the fourth generation Cheetah was launched, Corsica unveiled the fifth generation model. The unveiling however divided the Cheetah enthusiasts. While one side liked the engines and the pricing, the other side disliked the styling, the new 2-seater layout among other things.

Powering this Cheetah is either a 3.0l V6 making 285hp or a 5.0l V10 borrowed from DMK, making 456hp. Both versions came standard with a 7-speed Dual Clutch automatic. This was the first Cheetah not offered with a manual. The lack of a V8 was also criticized at launch.

In 2015, the VFR version was announced. It brought back the classic V8, but a manual was still not offered. Despite looking more agressive and being priced slightly higher, the VFR actually performed slightly worse than the V10. Other changes include a new, bigger spoiler; blacked out trim and bigger magnesium wheels. The VFR is said to be discontinued by the end of 2018.


3.0 V6
Horsepower: 285
Top speed: 252 km/h
0-62mph: 5.5 seconds
Transmission: 7-speed Dual Clutch automatic
Price: $25500

5.0 V10
Horsepower: 456
Top speed: 291 km/h
0-62mph: 4.5 seconds
Transmission: 7-speed Dual Clutch automatic
Price: $29600

5.7 V8
Horsepower: 352
Top speed: 250 km/h (electronically limited)
0-62mph: 4.7 seconds
Transmission: 7-speed Dual Clutch automatic
Price: $30000

The sixth generation Cheetah is said to launch in 2019, with a concept version preceding the production model.


I get why they disliked the gearbox and the seat configuration… taking a 4 seater and turning it into a 2 seater is a bold move


Apparently, the next generation will return to the 4-seater layout.


Having seen an ad for the Wildcat in another thread, I am expecting to see full specs for it here very soon.



Corsica Wildcat

Corsica Wildcat - 2.5 LE.car (36.9 KB)


In the 1990’s, small Japanese roadsters were starting to take over America. Due to their low price and high fun factor, people were starting to shy away from the big gas guzzling muscle cars of the domestic manufacturers. So, in 1995, Corsica started work on their own roadster. The end result was the Wildcat, with a name inspired by the bigger Cheetah.

At first, the only engine option for the Wildcat was a 2.4l turbocharged Inline-4, generating just 150hp. This engine was criticized for being slow and underpowered. Corsica, being aware of the criticism, replaced the 2.4 with a 2.5l NA V6 for the following model year. Horsepower was increased to 207, with the top speed increasing by 30km/h. Both versions were available only with a 5-speed manual.

The Wildcat was produced up until 2010, when it was discontinued without a successor in sight. No special editions or versions were made, but a CR version was considered at one point.


2.4 Turbo I4
Horsepower: 150
Top speed: 207 km/h
0-62mph: 7.9 seconds
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Price: $23500 (adjusted for inflation)

2.5 V6
Horsepower: 207
Top speed: 237 km/h
0-62mph: 7 seconds
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Price: $23300 (adjusted for inflation)

Rumours have surfaced that a second generation Wildcat will be unveiled in 2019, but these rumours have not been confirmed by Corsica. Below is a print ad from 2000.


Wait… So is it a V6 or an I6? Because the text says the former, the ad shows the latter.


Sorry for the confusion, the engine is actually an I4. Don’t know why I thought it was a V6.


That makes more sense :stuck_out_tongue:



Corsica Cheetah (Gen. 4)


By 2005, the nine year old third generation Cheetah was rapidly losing sales, thanks to its round, Japanese inspired 90’s design and much newer designs from competitors. So, in '05, Corsica pulled the sheets off of the all-new fourth generation Cheetah. At launch, it was immediately praised for its muscular and retro look.

As always, two main engine options were available. A 4.0l V8 (once again borrowed from DMK) and a 4.5l V8. Both engines pulled the Cheetah from 0 to 60 in under 5.5 seconds. For the 4.0, the default gearbox was a 6-speed manual, while a Sequential 6-speed was standard on the 4.5 and later became an option for the 4.0.

2009 saw the launch of the CR version. This version used a 5.4l V8 and the same gearbox as the 4.5. The CR had a 0-60 time of 4.5 seconds, thanks to its 460hp. The next year, the CR Ultra was released. Though it used the same engine as the standard CR, it was now equipped with AWD and a 6-speed Dual Clutch automatic. The electronically limited speed was increased from 250km/h to 280km/h as well.


4.0 V6
Horsepower: 336
Top speed: 250 km/h (electronically limited)
0-62mph: 5.5 seconds
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Price: $35500 (adjusted for inflation)

4.5 V8
Horsepower: 375
Top speed: 250 km/h (electronically limited)
0-62mph: 5.1 seconds
Transmission: 6-speed Sequential
Price: $39600

5.4 V8 (CR)
Horsepower: 460
Top speed: 250 km/h (electronically limited)
0-62mph: 4.5 seconds
Transmission: 6-speed Sequential
Price: $41000

5.4 V8 (CR Ultra)
Horsepower: 460
Top speed: 280 km/h (electronically limited)
0-62mph: 4.2 seconds
Transmission: 6-speed Dual Clutch
Price: $43900

The acclaimed fourth generation Cheetah was replaced in 2012 with the fifth generation model.



Corsica Yosemite (Gen. 1)


The 1990’s were the starting point of the SUV craze in America, and Sisten managed to step in early to that market with the 1993 Corsica Yosemite.

Two trim lines and two engines were available at launch. The El Capitan trim got a 2.8 DOHC V6, making 208hp and the Mojave trim got a 4.6 DOHC V8, making 276hp. Both engines were mated to a 4-speed automatic and all models had AWD as standard. Despite using the Corsica name, none of the models were exactly quick. The fastest model had a 0-60 time of 9.1 seconds.

In 1994, the Trailbrake trim was brought to the market. Using the same engine as the Mojave, it was specialized more for offroading. Increased ride height and a different differential were really the biggest changes.


2.8 V6
Horsepower: 208hp
Top speed: 205 km/h
0-62mph: 10.1 seconds
Transmission: 4-speed auto
Price: $36900 (adjusted for inflation)

4.5 V8
Horsepower: 276hp
Top speed: 228 km/h
0-62mph: 9.1 seconds
Transmission: 4-speed auto
Price: $38400 (adjusted for inflation)

All models were discontinued in 1997, with the next generation Yosemite coming out in 1998. The current Yosemite has been on the market since 2012. Below is a print ad from 1993.


Awesome company! it’s always welcome to see a realistic car companies instead of the usual over-saturated-boutique-super-car company you usually see in automation. Cool designs too.



Corsica Cheetah (Gen. 3)


In 1996, Corsica decided to go through with a risky plan. They got rid of the best-selling and tough looking second generation Cheetah and replaced it with the Japanese inspired third generation model. Thankfully, the move went over well, with the Cheetah getting record sales numbers just a few months after the launch.

For the first two years, one engine was offered: a 3.8l V6 making 278hp and achieving the electronically limited top speed in 6.2 seconds. A 5-speed manual was standard. In 1998, the 5.0 V8 came out. It made 407hp and had a 0-60 speed of 5.5 seconds. This time, a 6-speed manual was standard. For the V6, a 4-speed automatic joined the range in 1999.

For 1999, the CR version was launched. Under the bonnet was a 5.7 V8 and a 0-60 time of 5.2 seconds. The CR wasn’t actually a huge improvement over the 5.0 Supersport, with it being reflected in the pricetag. The CR was discontinued in 2003.


3.8 V6
Horsepower: 278
Top speed: 250 km/h (electronically limited)
0-62mph: 6.2 seconds
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Price: $34000 (adjusted for inflation)

5.0 V8
Horsepower: 407
Top speed: 250 km/h (electronically limited)
0-62mph: 5.5 seconds
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Price: $37800 (adjusted for inflation)

5.7 V8 (CR)
Horsepower: 354
Top speed: 250 km/h (electronically limited)
0-62mph: 5.2 seconds
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Price: $38300

The V6 was discontinued in 2003 alongside the CR. The V8 made it into 2004, when it was replaced with the fourth generation Cheetah. Below is a print ad from 1996.