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Wolfe Motor Company (WMC) -- Mk3 Frigate


#1

Wolfe motor company (WMC) is a Swedish car manufacturer founded in 1965. (I lost all my cars for my previous company due to a malware infection on my computer so I had to do a clean install, so starting a new company to share designs)


One of the first cars produced by WMC is the Locust. A compact economic sedan that’s still exciting to drive. Released in 1967 in two trim levels, the 2300 and 230P, it was a big hit as a budget fun car, pony budget, family sport as well as utility, city and passenger fleet and a bit in city eco. The 2300 is the most basic trim with just a basic five seat interior and basic AM radio. Standard equipment throughout the range is power steering and standard grade safety features. All of the trims run on the same 2.3L I4 with 90hp and four speed manual where the fourth gear is overdrive. A notable feature is the Longitudinal FWD driveline of this vehicle which was used to fit the big engine under the hood.

The 230P trim is the same car but with standard interior and AM radio which offered a slight comfort increase and price increase to 7787$ (today). It was ever so slightly less popular then the 2300. Both of these trims received a facelift in 1973.

Stats for Locust 2300.

Basic stats

Driveability: 47.1
Sportiness: 9.3
Comfort: 6.1
Prestige: 13.1
Safety: 21.3
Practicality: 54.4
Utility: 9.2
Offroad: 16.5
Reliability: 66.7
Env. resistance: 33.7
Price (today, $): 7313

Engine, Driveline & Chassis

Engine type: STIL4-2305-GJ 2.3L I4
Basic engine details: Cast iron block, DAOHC 2 valve, high quality dual eco carb
Horsepower & Torque: 90hp @5000RPM & 163Nm at 2300RPM (over 150 @1300-4000RPM)
Fuel (Fuel type || L / 100KM): Regular leaded || 11.1

Drive type: Longitudinal FWD
Differential: Open
Gearbox: 4 speed manual (4th gear is overdrive)
Brakes: Front two piston disc, rear drum
Interior: Basic 5 seat, basic AM radio
Driver aids: Power steering

Chassis & Panels: Galvanized steel ladder chassis & steel panels
Front / Rear Suspension: Double wishbone / Semi Trailing Arm


In 1973, the Locust got a facelift to keep it going for more years. A rework of design features but keeping the engine, driveline and so forth the same. Even the new Locust was incredibly popular like it’s now out of production brother. The facelift variant also came in two flavors, like the previous version, which are Locust 2300 and 230P. The 2300 and 230P were not sold in nations requiring catalytic converters from 1975. Production for the 2300 and 230P ended in 1980

Basic stats

Driveability: 47.7
Sportiness: 8.1
Comfort: 5.9
Prestige: 12.8
Safety: 21-5
Practicality: 54.4
Utility: 9.1
Offroad: 16.6
Reliability: 67.2
Env. resistance: 33.7
Price (today, $): 7234

Engine, Driveline & Chassis

Engine type: STIL4-2305-GJ 2.3L I4
Basic engine details: Cast iron block, DAOHC 2 valve, high quality dual eco carb
Horsepower & Torque: 90hp @5000RPM & 163Nm at 2300RPM (over 150 @1300-4000RPM)
Fuel (Fuel type || L / 100KM): Regular leaded || 11

Drive type: Longitudinal FWD
Differential: Open
Gearbox: 4 speed manual (4th gear is overdrive)
Brakes: Front two piston disc, rear drum
Interior: Basic 5 seat, basic AM radio
Driver aids: Power steering.

Chassis & Panels: Galvanized steel ladder chassis & steel panels
Front / Rear Suspension: Double wishbone / Semi Trailing Arm


Pictured is the Satsuma 340E, but only difference between 340E and 2300 is exhaust size, tire size and badging

In 1975, a two door variant of the Locust was released, now re labelled as the Satsuma 2300. The slightly lighter construction and the simplicity of having only two doors and a trunk reduced the price and weight of the car, giving it better fuel economy. While not as popular in a few segments as its four door brother, it still sold very well. The Satsuma range had standard 70s safety equipment. Production ended in 1980.

Basic stats

Driveability: 46.6
Sportiness: 7.9
Comfort: 4.8
Prestige: 12.7
Safety: 22.6
Practicality: 46.9
Utility: 10
Offroad: 17.7
Reliability: 67.4
Env. resistance: 33.3
Price (today, $): 7195

Engine, Driveline & Chassis

Engine type: STIL4-2305-GJ 2.3L I4
Basic engine details: Cast iron block, DAOHC 2 valve, high quality dual eco carb
Horsepower & Torque: 90hp @5000RPM & 163Nm at 2300RPM (over 150 @1300-4000RPM)
Fuel (Fuel type || L / 100KM): Regular leaded || 10.9

Drive type: Longitudinal FWD
Differential: Open
Gearbox: 4 speed manual (4th gear is overdrive)
Brakes: Front two piston disc, rear drum
Interior: Basic 5 seat, basic AM radio
Driver aids: Power steering.

Chassis & Panels: Galvanized steel ladder chassis & steel panels
Front / Rear Suspension: Double wishbone / Semi Trailing Arm


To meet increasing emission regulations, especially in the US, the Satsuma 340E (E for export) was released, featuring a 3.4L 126hp V6 with a catalytic converter. This car also only came in one version and it was with standard interior and Basic AM radio. Not as popular as the 2.3L I4 versions but still sold in decent numbers.

Basic stats

Driveability: 45
Sportiness: 10.3
Comfort: 7.6
Prestige: 18.2
Safety: 23.1
Practicality: 46.9
Utility: 12.7
Offroad: 17.1
Reliability: 66.1
Env. resistance: 32
Price (today, $): 8251

Engine, Driveline & Chassis

Engine type: LSTV6-3405-GJ 3.4L V6
Basic engine details: Cast iron block, DAOHC 2 valve, 4BBL carb, catalytic converter
Horsepower & Torque: 126hp @5200RPM & 202Nm at 3500RPM (over 180 @1300-4900RPM)
Fuel (Fuel type || L / 100KM): Regular unleaded || 15

Drive type: Longitudinal FWD
Differential: Open
Gearbox: 4 speed manual
Brakes: Front two piston disc, rear drum
Interior: Standard 5 seat, basic AM radio
Driver aids: Power steering.

Chassis & Panels: Galvanized steel ladder chassis & steel panels
Front / Rear Suspension: Double wishbone / Semi Trailing Arm


Pictured is a modified pre-facelift Locust 2300 with a fat exhaust

The Locust was a popular car to tune amongst petrolheads. The capable engine could easily push out over 130hp with the right mods. Pictured is a heavily modded Locust 2300 featuring a highly tuned 2.3L I4 with 139hp and 193Nm of torque. Changes include a straight pipe and twin DCOE race carbs as well as tuned cams and fuel mixture. With a changed gearbox, it does 0-100KM/H in just 7.7 seconds and maxes out at 188 KM/H


#2

Cute car, specially the older front end. I’m interested in how you make the side stripes.


#3

I used the chrome strips or whatever they are. Or if you mean the stripe with a different color then the rest of the car, it was the color for the “secondary body” or whatever it’s called. I changed it to a different color.


#4

Gotta agree the front end of the cars is very cool, escort mk1 someone?


#5

In 1970, WMC released the Marlin. A very compact little budget sports car running on the same STIL4-2305-GJ 2.3L I4 with 90hp. Together with a sporty 4 speed manual and a low weight of just 724kg, this little car could do 0-100 KM/H in just 8.6 seconds and almost pulls 1g in 20m radius cornering. All this while maintaining a fuel economy of 10.8L / 100KM combined. Other notable features include a full double wishbone setup as well as longitudinal FWD. A notable (in a negative way) quirk is the lack of galvanization to both chassis and panels, making the Marlin prone to becoming a rust bucket.

The car was initially released in two trims, the T140 and F140. These were discontinued in 1979. The 1972 Marlin SS6 was discontinued in 1977


The T140 is a two seat variant meant to be a light budget sports car primarily but there was interest for the Marlin T140 in a plethora of segments, including fun budget, fun, l sport budget, track budget, sport budget and a bit in city and city eco. It features the most advanced 1960s safety there is as well as a cool side exhaust. It also features paint details on the rims as well as bright red brake calipers to show everyone how sporty your car is. This compact little car sold for only 7925$ (today).

Basic stats

Driveability: 48.8
Sportiness: 26.1
Comfort: 5.6
Prestige: 15.8
Safety: 25.2
Practicality: 28.2
Utility: 10.1
Offroad: 0.6
Reliability: 66.3
Env. resistance: 24.1
Price (today, $): 7925

Engine & Performance

Engine type: STIL4-2305-GJ 2.3L I4
Basic engine details: Cast iron block, DAOHC 2 valve, high quality twin eco carbs
Horsepower & Torque: 90hp @5100RPM & 163Nm at 2300RPM (over 150 @1300-4000RPM)
Fuel (Fuel type || L / 100KM): Regular leaded || 10.8

0-100 KM/H: 8.6s
Top speed (KM/H): 160
Quarter mile: 16.5s
Cornering G’s (20 / 200m): 0.958 / 0.933

Driveline, interior & Chassis

Drive type: Longitudinal FWD
Differential: Open
Gearbox: 4 speed manual
Brakes: Tiny front two piston disc, rear drum
Interior: Standard 2 seat, basic AM radio
Driver aids: N/A

Chassis & Panels: All steel (rust bucket style)
Front / Rear Suspension: Double wishbone / Double wishbone


The F140 trim is a four seat variant and is the more practical trim level. It still features only standard interior and basic AM radio but is far more popular amongst fun and fun budget car buyers as well as family sport and pony budget due to the seating arrangement being more preferred.

Basic stats

Driveability: 47.3
Sportiness: 23.6
Comfort: 4.9
Prestige: 15.7
Safety: 25.5
Practicality: 43.7
Utility: 9.3
Offroad: 6.9
Reliability: 66.3
Env. resistance: 24.1
Price (today, $): 8266

Engine & Performance

Engine type: STIL4-2305-GJ 2.3L I4
Basic engine details: Cast iron block, DAOHC 2 valve, high quality twin eco carbs
Horsepower & Torque: 90hp @5100RPM & 163Nm at 2300RPM (over 150 @1300-4000RPM)
Fuel (Fuel type || L / 100KM): Regular leaded || 11

0-100 KM/H: 8.9s
Top speed (KM/H): 160
Quarter mile: 16.62s
Cornering G’s (20 / 200m): 0.953 / 0.928

Driveline, interior & Chassis

Drive type: Longitudinal FWD
Differential: Open
Gearbox: 4 speed manual
Brakes: Tiny front two piston disc, rear drum
Interior: Standard 4 seat, basic AM radio
Driver aids: N/A

Chassis & Panels: All steel (rust bucket style)
Front / Rear Suspension: Double wishbone / Double wishbone


In 1972, a special version of the Marlin was released, called the Marlin SS6, featuring a 2.9L boxer 6 engine, pushing performance up quite a lot. With 168hp at its disposal, the SS6 reaches 193 KM/H and does 0-100 KM/H in just 6.2 seconds. With great cornering capabilities, reasonable comfort and reasonable fuel economy, it became popular in light sports budget segment, track budget and sport budget. Exterior differences include fatter tires, dual exhaust and different badges.

Basic stats

Driveability: 40.9
Sportiness: 30.5
Comfort: 6.9
Prestige: 19.4
Safety: 25.7
Practicality: 27.9
Utility: 11.4
Offroad: 1.7
Reliability: 64.5
Env. resistance: 23.4
Price (today, $): 8467

Engine & Performance

Engine type: STB6-GJ-DAC2 2.9L Boxer6
Basic engine details: Cast iron block, DAOHC 2 valve, forged internals, 4BBL carb
Horsepower & Torque: 168hp @6000RPM & 228Nm at 4400RPM
Fuel (Fuel type || L / 100KM): Regular leaded || 15.1

0-100 KM/H: 6.2s
Top speed (KM/H): 193
Quarter mile: 14.59
Cornering G’s (20 / 200m): 0.979 / 0.953

Driveline, interior & Chassis

Drive type: Longitudinal FWD
Differential: Open
Gearbox: 4 speed manual
Brakes: Tiny front two piston disc, rear drum
Interior: Standard 2 seat, basic AM radio
Driver aids: N/A

Chassis & Panels: All steel (rust bucket style)
Front / Rear Suspension: Double wishbone / Double wishbone


#6

(while the chorus of Fortunate Son by Creedence Clearwater Revival plays).

(advert from 1970) You don’t need to be the fortunate one for premium. You don’t need to be a millionaire’s son for performance. WMC Frigate SV8, starting at $1 712


In 1968, the Frigate was released. A mid size premium sports coupe / muscle car type of vehicle. The aim was to create a premium-ish affordable car with decent amounts of muscle but that still doesn’t cost over $2000 (in 1968). And WMC succeeded as the top tier trim, the Frigate SV8, only cost $1712 without any options. Some corners were cut though to achieve the low price, which have lead to below average reliability as well as usage of drum brakes at the rear.

The car was designed to stick out a bit, such as still using a longitudinal FWD driveline and the triple side exhaust. It came in two trims, the Frigate SV8 and the more tame Frigate 3600. The car sits on a ladder frame and uses double wishbones in the front and semi trailing arms in rear. Advanced safety features as well as power steering were standard options. Both the Frigate SV8 and 3600 had a facelift in 1973 and production ended in 1978.


The Frigate SV8 is the high performance trim, featuring the L-STV8-GJ-DAC long stroke 5.6L V8 with 260hp. Paired to a four speed manual, it does 0 - 100 KM/H in just 6.2 seconds and maxes out at 225 KM/H, while maintaining decent-ish comfort and fuel economy. The exterior was designed to stick out but still not be obnoxious, featuring triple side exhaust from the factory as well as odd rear light design. The fuel cap was also hidden under the rear license plate. What the car lacked reliability wise, it was supposed to make up with performance numbers and styling. It continued until 1973 when it and the Frigate 3600 received a facelift. The main popularity for the Frigate SV8 was muscle and pony car buyers as well as some fun premium and family sport.

Basic stats

Driveability: 35.7
Sportiness: 20.1
Comfort: 9.7
Prestige: 32.7
Safety: 32.9
Practicality: 42.5
Utility: 15.2
Offroad: 4.4
Reliability: 59.3
Env. resistance: 31.2
Price (today, $): 12423

Engine & Performance

Engine type: L-STV8-GJ-DAC 5.6L V8
Basic engine details: Cast iron block, DAOHC 2 valve, forged internals, twin 4BBL carbs
Horsepower & Torque: 261hp @5000RPM & 416Nm at 2900RPM (over 370Nm 1500 - 5000 RPM)
Fuel (Fuel type || L / 100KM): Regular leaded || 18.5

0-100 KM/H: 6.2s
Top speed (KM/H): 225
Quarter mile: 14.47
Cornering G’s (20 / 200m): 0.923 / 0.765

Driveline, interior & Chassis

Drive type: Longitudinal FWD
Differential: Open
Gearbox: 4 speed manual
Brakes: Front two piston disc, rear drum
Interior: Premium 4 seat, premium AM radio
Driver aids: Power steering.

Chassis & Panels: Galvanized steel ladder & steel panels
Front / Rear Suspension: Double wishbone / Semi trailing arm


The Frigate 3600 was released few months after the SV8 and was the cheaper trim level featuring a STIL6-GJ-DAC2 3.6L inline 6. Exterior changes include exhaust and a normal fuel door as well as no hood scoops and skinnier tires. This trim is more comfort oriented but still having enough power to do sweet highway pulls when you need to merge with traffic. 0 - 100 KM/H was done in 7.5 seconds only. Still featuring premium interior, the springs were upgraded to progressive springs for the 3600. The gearbox is still a four speed but fourth gear acting a bit like an overdrive for better cruising fuel economy. A big hit in many categories, including fun, fun premium, familiy sport, pony and a bit in sport budget and family sport premium. Replaced by facelifted version in 1973.

Basic stats

Driveability: 45.8
Sportiness: 16.7
Comfort: 12.9
Prestige: 27.6
Safety: 31.9
Practicality: 43.8
Utility: 12.9
Offroad: 7.2
Reliability: 60.9
Env. resistance: 33.3
Price (today, $): 10238

Engine & Performance

Engine type: STIL6-GJ-DAC2 3.6L I6
Basic engine details: Cast iron block, DAOHC 2 valve, forged internals, low end power
Horsepower & Torque: 161hp @5200RPM & 261Nm at 2700RPM (over 210Nm 1300 - 5300 RPM)
Fuel (Fuel type || L / 100KM): Regular leaded || 16.2

0-100 KM/H: 7.5s
Top speed (KM/H): 190
Quarter mile: 15.78
Cornering G’s (20 / 200m): 0.887 / 0.759

Driveline, interior & Chassis

Drive type: Longitudinal FWD
Differential: Open
Gearbox: 4 speed manual (4th being a bit like overdrive)
Brakes: Tiny front two piston disc, rear drum
Interior: Premium 4 seat, premium AM radio
Driver aids: Power steering.

Chassis & Panels: Galvanized steel ladder & steel panels
Front / Rear Suspension: Double wishbone / Semi trailing arm



Pictured is Frigate SV8

The facelift of the Frigate got a comprehensive restyle while still making it recognizable. Here is the SV8. Trippe side exhaust was kept but the front was simplified. A rear wing was added and the rear light setup was changed to make it stick out even more. Other then that, there were no significant changes, besides an update to the safety tech from advanced 60s to advanced 70s, such as three point belts and headrests for all passengers. Production ended in 1978.

Basic stats

Driveability: 36.6
Sportiness: 20.6
Comfort: 9.4
Prestige: 32.1
Safety: 34.7
Practicality: 45.2
Utility: 15.1
Offroad: 4.6
Reliability: 59.7
Env. resistance: 31.2
Price (today, $): 12460

Engine & Performance

Engine type: L-STV8-GJ-DAC 5.6L V8
Basic engine details: Cast iron block, DAOHC 2 valve, forged internals, twin 4BBL carbs
Horsepower & Torque: 261hp @5000RPM & 416Nm at 2900RPM (over 370Nm 1500 - 5000 RPM)
Fuel (Fuel type || L / 100KM): Regular leaded || 18.6

0-100 KM/H: 6.2s
Top speed (KM/H): 223
Quarter mile: 14.47
Cornering G’s (20 / 200m): 0.928 / 0.917

Driveline, interior & Chassis

Drive type: Longitudinal FWD
Differential: Open
Gearbox: 4 speed manual
Brakes: Front two piston disc, rear drum
Interior: Premium 4 seat, premium AM radio
Driver aids: Power steering.

Chassis & Panels: Galvanized steel ladder & steel panels
Front / Rear Suspension: Double wishbone / Semi trailing arm


The facelift of the Frigate 3600 got the same treatment as the SV8. Updated safety tech and updated exterior. Other then that, no significant changes were made.

Basic stats

Driveability: 46.4
Sportiness: 16.9
Comfort: 10.5
Prestige: 27.1
Safety: 34.7
Practicality: 43.8
Utility: 13
Offroad: 5.4
Reliability: 61.3
Env. resistance: 33.3
Price (today, $): 10449

Engine & Performance

Engine type: STIL6-GJ-DAC2 3.6L I6
Basic engine details: Cast iron block, DAOHC 2 valve, forged internals, low end power
Horsepower & Torque: 161hp @5200RPM & 261Nm at 2700RPM (over 210Nm 1300 - 5300 RPM)
Fuel (Fuel type || L / 100KM): Regular leaded || 16.2

0-100 KM/H: 7.5s
Top speed (KM/H): 190
Quarter mile: 15.78s
Cornering G’s (20 / 200m): 0.892 / 0.759

Driveline, interior & Chassis

Drive type: Longitudinal FWD
Differential: Open
Gearbox: 4 speed manual (4th being a bit like overdrive)
Brakes: Tiny front two piston disc, rear drum
Interior: Premium 4 seat, premium AM radio
Driver aids: Power steering.

Chassis & Panels: Galvanized steel ladder & steel panels
Front / Rear Suspension: Double wishbone / Semi trailing arm


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#7

Wow I love the facelift Frigate!


#8

I agree. It looks awesome!


#9

Longitudinal FWD, ladder frame, semi-trailing arm rear… By rights, none of them ought to be used together, but you made all of them work even with a big, bulky V8 in the nose!


#10

why is this car smiling that way to me? i’m feeling insecure!:neutral_face:


#11

As (I Can get no)Satisfaction by Rolling Stones plays

WMC Statesman GT. The one and only choice that will satisfy your desire for comfort and performance. Starting at $ 8 779.


As WMC’s entry and mid level vehicles were selling well, it was decided upon that it was time to enter the high end market. The goal was to develop one of the most advanced vehicles on the market in the late 70s. That resulted in the 1979 Statesman, a large luxury coupe / GT car with all the latest bells and whistles. The car is RWD and powered by a 9L V12 producing 400 hp and paired to a 4 speed automatic gearbox. Besides a fuel injected engine, the car had a few odd options (for the time) that consisted of electronic gadgets as microchips and microcomputers were becoming increasingly widespread, cheaper and more powerful. Below is a list of notable features. The car underwent a tech upgrade in 1982 and production ended in 1987. It was offered in two trims, the Statesman GT and a special made edition, the Statesman GTU (GT Ultra), with a hand crafted interior.

Notable Electronic gadgets
  • Parking sensors, called PCPS (Parking Collision Prevention System), based on motion sensors from which the distance to an object is calculated by a microcomputer.

  • The stereo adapts the volume based on the vehicle speed, so you don’t need to manually adjust it as you drive faster.

  • Electronic button for trunk release below the license plate (with a regular keyhole as the electronics of this car were dodgy in early models). Electronic trunk release inside the cabin.

  • “Safety mode” button that locks all car doors and the trunk as soon as the car is put in gear and starts moving. Doors automatically unlock (if the key is in the ignition and turned to one step away from the “Locked” position, into the “Unlocked” position) if they’re opened from the inside.

  • All passengers have electronic seat adjustments as well as massage. Driver has a “memory function”.

  • Electronic anti theft system based on a keypad. The owner can set up a 4 digit password that they have to enter in the keypad if they wish to turn on the car, making hot wiring this car very hard.

  • Car alarm.


The Statesman GT is the luxury trim. Featuring luxury 8 track and four seat luxury interior, the main purpose of the car is to be a super comfortable prestigious grand tourer / luxury car. Featuring a modern, large 9L V12 with 401 horsepower and a super fancy four speed automatic gearbox, this car was no slouch. Topping out at 240 KM/H and doing 0-100KM/H in just 7.4 seconds, this 2 ton monster could still get going. There was however lots of wheelspin when you put your foot down as the car didn’t come standard with a LSD. Pre-1982 models were offered with a very crude “LSD” that looks more like an automatic locking differential but that was only an option and it was often unpredictable in cornering.

Basic stats

Driveability: 36.8
Sportiness: 8.5
Comfort: 40.8
Prestige: 55.1
Safety: 47.2
Practicality: 32.5
Utility: 31.2
Offroad: 16.5
Reliability: 59.5
Env. resistance: 51.6
Price (today, $): 30 528

Engine & Performance

Engine type: L-STV12-GJ-C3 9L V12 (variant code: 9063-Lx-TbI)
Basic engine details: SOHC 3 valve, electronic fuel injection, three-way catalytic converter
Horsepower & Torque: 401hp @5200RPM & 638Nm at 2400RPM (over 580Nm 1500 - 4600 RPM)
Fuel (Fuel type || L / 100KM): Regular unleaded || 30

0-100 KM/H: 7.4s
Top speed (KM/H): 240
Quarter mile: 15.43s
Cornering G’s (20 / 200m): 0.917 / 0.887
Roll angle (degrees): 5.1

Driveline, interior & Chassis

Drive type: Longitudinal RWD
Differential: Open (w/ optional “LSD”)
Gearbox: 4 speed automatic
Brakes: front vented disc 3 piston, rear solid disc 2 piston
Interior: Luxury 4 seat, luxury 8 track
Driver aids: Power steering.

Chassis & Panels: Galvanized steel ladder & corrosion resistent steel panels
Front / Rear Suspension: Full double wishbones


Post-1982 models were upgraded with a torque sensing LSD, a computerized 4 speed auto gearbox cleverly named CompuShift4 and variable power steering to bring them up to date with competition. An added exterior feature was however turning lights as seen on many modern day cars, where turning the wheel toggles the appropriate turning light. The new gearbox added a plethora of fancy features such as sport mode which prevents the gearbox from shifting up until redline. The car now also used remote entry so you can push a button on the key to unlock the car. With this, an engine immobilizer was also implemented to make the car harder to steal. All these upgrades made the Statesman GT incredibly popular again in GT, GT premium, muscle premium and utility sports luxury.

Basic stats

Driveability: 49.3
Sportiness: 13.6
Comfort: 41.8
Prestige: 57.2
Safety: 47.5
Practicality: 32.5
Utility: 31.8
Offroad: 20.7
Reliability: 58
Env. resistance: 51.6
Price (today, $): 31 066

Engine & Performance

Engine type: L-STV12-GJ-C3 9L V12 (variant code: 9063-Lx-TbI)
Basic engine details: SOHC 3 valve, electronic fuel injection, three-way catalytic converter
Horsepower & Torque: 401hp @5200RPM & 638Nm at 2400RPM (over 580Nm 1500 - 4600 RPM)
Fuel (Fuel type || L / 100KM): Regular unleaded || 30.1

0-100 KM/H: 6.8s
Top speed (KM/H): 240
Quarter mile: 14.94s
Cornering G’s (20 / 200m): 0.917 / 0.887
Roll angle (degrees): 5.1

Driveline, interior & Chassis

Drive type: Longitudinal RWD
Differential: Torque sensing LSD.
Gearbox: CompuShift 4 (advanced 4 speed auto)
Brakes: front vented disc 3 piston, rear solid disc 2 piston
Interior: Luxury 4 seat, luxury 8 track
Driver aids: Variable power steering.

Chassis & Panels: Galvanized steel ladder & corrosion resistant steel panels
Front / Rear Suspension: Full double wishbones



Pre-82 Statesman CGT


Post-82 Statesman CGT

A convertible model, the Statesman CGT, was also released with no other notable features besides it being a convertible. It followed the same timeline as the Statesman GT with a 1982 tech upgrade and turning lights. The convertible model was ever so slightly less popular then the Statesman GT but they both sold incredibly well. The roof lowering action is all electronic right from the start.

Stats for pre-82 Statesman CGT

Basic stats

Driveability: 38.3
Sportiness: 6.2
Comfort: 38.3
Prestige: 54.7
Safety: 42.6
Practicality: 32.5
Utility: 31.4
Offroad: 18.5
Reliability: 59.2
Env. resistance: 47.6
Price (today, $): 31 483

Engine & Performance

Engine type: L-STV12-GJ-C3 9L V12 (variant code: 9063-Lx-TbI)
Basic engine details: SOHC 3 valve, electronic fuel injection, three-way catalytic converter
Horsepower & Torque: 401hp @5200RPM & 638Nm at 2400RPM (over 580Nm 1500 - 4600 RPM)
Fuel (Fuel type || L / 100KM): Regular unleaded || 32.3

0-100 KM/H: 7.6s
Top speed (KM/H): 231
Quarter mile: 15.66s
Cornering G’s (20 / 200m): 0.897 / 0.872
Roll angle (degrees): 5.2

Driveline, interior & Chassis

Drive type: Longitudinal RWD
Differential: Open (w/ optional “LSD”)
Gearbox: 4 speed automatic
Brakes: front vented disc 3 piston, rear solid disc 2 piston
Interior: Luxury 4 seat, luxury 8 track
Driver aids: Power steering.

Chassis & Panels: Galvanized steel ladder & corrosion resistant steel panels
Front / Rear Suspension: Full double wishbones

Stats for post-82 Statesman CGT

Basic stats

Driveability: 55.2
Sportiness: 11.1
Comfort: 39.2
Prestige: 57
Safety: 42.9
Practicality: 32.5
Utility: 32.1
Offroad: 22.6
Reliability: 57.7
Env. resistance: 47.6
Price (today, $): 32 021

Engine & Performance

Engine type: L-STV12-GJ-C3 9L V12 (variant code: 9063-Lx-TbI)
Basic engine details: SOHC 3 valve, electronic fuel injection, three-way catalytic converter
Horsepower & Torque: 401hp @5200RPM & 638Nm at 2400RPM (over 580Nm 1500 - 4600 RPM)
Fuel (Fuel type || L / 100KM): Regular unleaded || 32.6

0-100 KM/H: 6.14s
Top speed (KM/H): 233
Quarter mile: 15.31
Cornering G’s (20 / 200m): 0.902 / 0.872
Roll angle (degrees): 5.2

Driveline, interior & Chassis

Drive type: Longitudinal RWD
Differential: Torque sensing LSD.
Gearbox: CompuShift 4 (advanced 4 speed auto)
Brakes: front vented disc 3 piston, rear solid disc 2 piston
Interior: Luxury 4 seat, luxury 8 track
Driver aids: Variable power steering.

Chassis & Panels: Galvanized steel ladder & corrosion resistant steel panels
Front / Rear Suspension: Full double wishbones


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#12

Sharp styling. Sharp handling. Frigate SV8, the next generation motoring experience, coming soon to your local WMC dealer.


#13

That is quite an attractive late-70s/early 80s sports coupe. Hopefully it has enough grunt to live up to its name…


#14

As the end of the first generation Frigate was getting closer, the design process of the Frigate Mk2 started. The car was going to stick out in true WMC fashion. So the design team built upon the basic idea of the Frigate, which is a ladder frame and longitudinal FWD. However, several upgrades were done to both driveline and suspension. Now the suspension is full double wishbone and the engine has the latest in emission tech, running on regular unleaded fuel.

The exterior styling was deliberately designed to be next generation for the era but still staying true to the Frigate concept. This is especially noticeable on the rear lights, which are very similar to the multi-color rear lights of the previous generation. The front of the car is a contemporary version of the classic Frigate, with aggressive looking styling and the double front lights, though they’re square lights now. The triple side exhaust was also kept as it makes the Frigate the Frigate.

Another notable exterior feature is the geometry inspired layout of all fixtures. As can be seen on the image, the sharp edges of the car flow and meet perfectly with the lights and chrome details. This is demonstrated with the blue dots showing how it flows together.

Sales of the Frigate Mk2 started in 1978, with the usual two models, the SV8 (V8 version) and the 3600 (I6 version). These got a facelift in 1983 and alongside that, a new version of the Frigate was released for Europe only. The new version was the ST4, a Frigate with a turbo’d four-banger. Seen as blasphemy by some and received okay-ish reactions on the market. The car was only sold until 1985 when it was taken out of production. It’s considered the rarest second generation Frigate today.

The production of the two facelift versions ended in 1987, thus marking the end of the second generation Frigate.


Starting with the most iconic Frigate trim, the SV8. As mentioned, it looks like a space age Frigate with the geometry inspired, sharp exterior style. Featuring various tech upgrades such as advanced emissions equipment (three way cat) and a five speed manual gearbox as well as premium 8 track player. To keep it classy, the SV8 has the fuel lid hidden under the license plate on the rear.

The engine was the major controversy of the Frigate SV8. While it was upgraded enough to pass emissions regulations, it still runs on carbs even though manufacturers are slowly switching to throttle body injection. Running on the same twin 4BBL carb setup as it did in 1968, the engine has remained the same except the 10 horsepower that emissions equipment stole from it.

The car however has superior handling compared to the previous Frigate. Sold decently in muscle, sport budget and pony and replaced by facelift version in 1983.

Basic stats

Driveability: 41.3
Sportiness: 22.2
Comfort: 22
Prestige: 37.3
Safety: 37.5
Practicality: 40.3
Utility: 12.4
Offroad: 7.3
Reliability: 60.5
Env. resistance: 32.7
Price (today, $): 15 258

Engine & Performance

Engine type: L-STV8-GJ-DAC 5.6L V8 (variant code: 5611-S-4BCx2-Rv2)
Basic engine details: Three-way catalytic converter (this one has almost no tech innovation)
Horsepower & Torque: 250hp @5300RPM & 390Nm at 2800RPM (over 340Nm 1500 - 5100 RPM)
Fuel (Fuel type || L / 100KM): Regular unleaded || 18.5
Weight (KG): 1349

0-100 KM/H: 6.43s
Top speed (KM/H): 231
Quarter mile: 14.7
Cornering G’s (20 / 200m): 0.948 / 0.938
Roll angle (degrees): 4.1

Driveline, interior & Chassis

Drive type: Longitudinal FWD
Differential: Open.
Gearbox: High performance five speed manual
Brakes: front solid disc 3 piston, rear solid disc 1 piston
Interior: Premium 4 seat, premium 8 track
Driver aids: Power steering.

Chassis & Panels: Galvanized steel ladder & steel panels
Front / Rear Suspension: Full double wishbone


The Frigate 3600 was far better received. The 3.6L I6 got electronic fuel injection for better throttle response but the fuel economy didn’t improve. It remained the same. The same story here with the engine having a few horses less due to emissions equipment. This car sold a lot in pony, sport budget and some in family sport and fun as well as convertible sport budget for some reason. Replaced by facelift in 1983.

Basic stats

Driveability: 47
Sportiness: 19.1
Comfort: 22.8
Prestige: 31.1
Safety: 36.6
Practicality: 40.3
Utility: 10.9
Offroad: 9.8
Reliability: 65.2
Env. resistance: 39.8
Price (today, $): 12 606

Engine & Performance

Engine type: STIL6-GJ-DAC2 3.6L I6 (variant code: 3625-Es-TBi)
Basic engine details: Three-way catalytic converter, electronic injection,
Horsepower & Torque: 149hp @5500RPM & 260Nm at 2600RPM (over 230Nm 1500 - 4200 RPM)
Fuel (Fuel type || L / 100KM): Regular unleaded || 16.2
Weight (KG): 1249

0-100 KM/H: 8.1s
Top speed (KM/H): 195
Quarter mile: 16.26
Cornering G’s (20 / 200m): 0.887 / 0.872
Roll angle (degrees): 3.1

Driveline, interior & Chassis

Drive type: Longitudinal FWD
Differential: Open.
Gearbox: Five speed manual
Brakes: front solid disc 2 piston, rear solid disc 1 piston
Interior: Premium 4 seat, premium 8 track
Driver aids: Power steering.

Chassis & Panels: Galvanized steel ladder & steel panels
Front / Rear Suspension: Full double wishbone


As sales were dropping for the SV8 and 3600 trims, WMC give the cars a tech upgrade. Featuring a geared LSD for the SV8 as well as variable power steering and the CompuShift4 gearbox from the luxury Statesman GT, the sales were once again back on track. Pictured is the facelift SV8 with the so called TechPack that includes a geared LSD and the CompuShift4 computerized automatic gearbox. This made the car extremely easy to drive but made fuel economy worse. The safety tech however remained in the 70s. Post 85 SV8’s had notoriously bad reliability compared to other contemporary cars.

In fact, the sales for the manual version of the SV8 were so low that it was discontinued in 1985. So from 1985, only an automatic version of the SV8 as well as the 3600 were available.

As for the exterior, the front got a slight rework as well as the side with added vents. Daytime running lights, or as they’re called in Swedish, varselljus, were added to the bumper where the blinkers previously resided, with a unique design.

Basic stats

Driveability: 62.2
Sportiness: 16.1
Comfort: 26.6
Prestige: 37.8
Safety: 38
Practicality: 40.3
Utility: 16
Offroad: 11.3
Reliability: 56
Env. resistance: 32.7
Price (today, $): 15 151

Engine & Performance

Engine type: L-STV8-GJ-DAC 5.6L V8 (variant code: 5611-S-4BCx2-Rv2)
Basic engine details: Three-way catalytic converter (this one has almost no tech innovation)
Horsepower & Torque: 250hp @5300RPM & 390Nm at 2800RPM (over 340Nm 1500 - 5100 RPM)
Fuel (Fuel type || L / 100KM): Regular unleaded || 19.9
Weight (KG): 1380

0-100 KM/H: 6.55s
Top speed (KM/H): 223
Quarter mile: 14.82
Cornering G’s (20 / 200m): 0.953 / 0.943
Roll angle (degrees): 4.2

Driveline, interior & Chassis

Drive type: Longitudinal FWD
Differential: Geared LSD.
Gearbox: CompuShift 4 (advanced 4 speed auto)
Brakes: front solid disc 3 piston, rear solid disc 1 piston
Interior: Premium 4 seat, premium 8 track
Driver aids: Variable power steering.

Chassis & Panels: Galvanized steel ladder & steel panels
Front / Rear Suspension: Full double wishbone


The Frigate 3600 got the same tech up grades as the SV8 minus the geared LSD. The upgrades kept the 3600 relevant on the market still, with good sales in sport budget, fun, family sport and pony. The car was known for being incredibly easy and comfortable to drive while still having enough power to get going. Unlike the SV8, the facelift 3600 wasn’t notoriously unreliable.

Basic stats

Driveability: 67
Sportiness: 12.9
Comfort: 28.2
Prestige: 31.7
Safety: 37.1
Practicality: 40.3
Utility: 14.1
Offroad: 10.3
Reliability: 61.1
Env. resistance: 29.8
Price (today, $): 12 228

Engine & Performance

Engine type: STIL6-GJ-DAC2 3.6L I6 (variant code: 3625-Es-TBi)
Basic engine details: Three-way catalytic converter, electronic injection,
Horsepower & Torque: 149hp @5500RPM & 260Nm at 2600RPM (over 230Nm 1500 - 4200 RPM)
Fuel (Fuel type || L / 100KM): Regular unleaded || 17.2
Weight (KG): 1249

0-100 KM/H: 8.82s
Top speed (KM/H): 191
Quarter mile: 16.62
Cornering G’s (20 / 200m): 0.892 / 0.872
Roll angle (degrees): 3.3

Driveline, interior & Chassis

Drive type: Longitudinal FWD
Differential: Geared LSD.
Gearbox: CompuShift 4 (advanced 4 speed auto)
Brakes: front solid disc 2 piston, rear solid disc 1 piston
Interior: Premium 4 seat, premium 8 track
Driver aids: Variable power steering.

Chassis & Panels: Galvanized steel ladder & steel panels
Front / Rear Suspension: Full double wishbone


Now for the newcomer. The Frigate ST4, entering the European market in 1983. Featuring the good ol’ STIL4 2.3L I4 that helped make cars like the Marlin and Locust market hits. This time, it had a tech overhaul with electronic fuel injection as well as a turbocharger. The interior was changed for four seat standard and standard 8 track. The engine produced 150hp, matching the much larger 3.6L I6 while getting better fuel economy.

The car was just above one ton and had quite sharp handling. Sales were not superb and many people opted for the Frigate 3600 if they wanted a “milder” car so the ST4 was pulled from the market in 1985 and it is today the rarest second generation Frigate and one of the rarest versions of the Frigate lineup. It is heavily based on the Frigate SV8 with the hood scoops excluded and it features side exhaust only on one side.

With a sticker price of just $10 936 (today’s money) back in 1983, the Frigate ST4 in perfect stock condition can sell for $ 11 499 or more, if they buyer is a Swedish 80s cars enthusiast.

Basic stats

Driveability: 50.3
Sportiness: 25.8
Comfort: 12.7
Prestige: 29.4
Safety: 36.1
Practicality: 41.5
Utility: 11
Offroad: 9.3
Reliability: 65.1
Env. resistance: 35.6
Price (today, $): 10 936

Engine & Performance

Engine type: STIL4-2305-GJ (variant code: 2305-S-TBi-Turbo)
Basic engine details: Three-way catalytic converter, electronic injection, turbo
Horsepower & Torque: 150hp @6100RPM & 204Nm at 4300RPM (over 160Nm 2200 - 6400 RPM)
Fuel (Fuel type || L / 100KM): Regular unleaded || 15.2
Weight (KG): 1161

0-100 KM/H: 8.1s
Top speed (KM/H): 185
Quarter mile: 16.02
Cornering G’s (20 / 200m): 0.974 / 0.846
Roll angle (degrees): 3.6

Driveline, interior & Chassis

Drive type: Longitudinal FWD
Differential: Geared LSD.
Gearbox: High performance 5 speed manual
Brakes: front solid disc 2 piston, rear solid disc 1 piston
Interior: Standard 4 seat, standard 8 track
Driver aids: Variable power steering.

Chassis & Panels: Galvanized steel ladder & steel panels
Front / Rear Suspension: Full double wishbone


I just noticed that photo mode does not correctly display the area where the trunk release button should be. It looks like this:


#15

Exotic, yet so familiar. WMC Peregrine SS10, one of the world’s first Swedish supercars. Starting at $ 36 503


In 1987, a car that had been in development for a while hit the market. It featured an enormous 8.6L V10 in the front and a unique styling to distinguish the car from the rest. This is the Peregrine, named after the fastest animal in the animal kingdoom. The whole idea of the car adheres to WMC’s business strategy, which is product differentiation. Cars were getting smaller in Europe but not WMC cars. They were big with big engines.

This car was the 1987 Peregrine SS10. A high tech aluminum V10 provides 557 hp and feeds to to the rear wheels via a five speed manual. The car wasn’t kind to those who are not experienced drivers. There’s substantial wheelspin but it still manages 5 seconds 0-60 mp/h.

The unique exterior features unusual front light design, an aggressive look and plenty of vents for cooling of all kinds. As can be seen on the rear bumper, the car had parking sensors. The car is very low but had adjustable suspension thanks to air suspension and adaptive dampers. This allowed the car to be driven relatively comfortably on less then perfect city roads. It also had encrypted remote unlocking and central locking for convenience. Another very unusual feature not seen on many production cars is the quad (yes, quad, not double, not triple, QUAD) side exhausts on each side.

The engine is very high tech, long stroke 8.6L V10, featuring a Multi point injection system and having a redline of 6300 RPM. However, the engine internals have an optimal redline of 6000 RPM so the extra wear hard driving causes decreased the overall reliability of the engine.

Other parts of the car also got massive tech upgrades to make the car truly futuristic. A monocoque chassis from corrosion resistant steel and partial aluminum panels as well as full double wishbone, ABS, you name it. Sports mode for the suspension, adjustable suspension, electronic trunk release (with mechanic lever connected via a cable to unlock it from the cabin in case of electrical failure).

No facelifts were made, however in 1990, the car got a small tech upgrade to include traction control alongside ABS. A special four seater luxury version was released in 1990, called the LLE10, to cater to the GT and GT premium markets. Production ended in 1992.


The Peregrine SS10 is the “standard” trim. A two seater sports oriented car, with a lightweight sports interior and a standard cassette player. Everything about the car is extravagant. The tires are 255 wide with 19 inch alloy rims and 670 tire diameter. The brakes are enormous , with the front ones being 335 mm. It pulls mean Gs on the track and can actually carry 912 kg of cargo for whatever reason. Lots of sales in multiple market segments ,including convertible super, super, hyper and muscle premium as well as a few sales in track premium.

Basic stats

Driveability: 37
Sportiness: 51.6
Comfort: 18.3
Prestige: 53.4
Safety: 54.8
Practicality: 23.1
Utility: 21.1
Offroad: 0
Reliability: 61.8
Env. resistance: 42.8
Price (today, $): 36 503

Engine & Performance

Engine type: SSV10-ALM-SCa4 (variant code: 8639-SS-InIn1x)
Notable engine details: forged internals, SOHC 4 valve, Multipoint EFI, tubular headers
Horsepower & Torque: 557hp @6000RPM & 732Nm at 4700RPM
Fuel (Fuel type || L / 100KM): Regular unleaded || 28.3
Weight (KG): 1558.6

0-100 KM/H: 5s
Top speed (KM/H): 306
Quarter mile: 12.78
Cornering G’s (20 / 200m): 1.12 / 1.11
Roll angle (degrees): 3.1

Driveline, interior & Chassis

Drive type: Longitudinal RWD
Differential: Geared LSD.
Gearbox: High performance 5 speed manual
Brakes: front vented disc 3 piston, rear vented disc 2 piston
Interior: Sports 2 seat, standard cassette
Driver aids: Variable power steering, ABS.

Chassis & Panels: Corrosion resistant steel monocoque & partial aluminum panels
Front / Rear Suspension: Full double wishbone



Pictured is Peregrine SS10 at a car dealer and on the road

The Peregrine SS10 King (identified by a crown symbol where “SS10” is written, is a more premium oriented trim as it featured premium two seat interior and premium cassette player. Everything else remained the same, with even the performance numbers remaining the same. This lead to the SS10 King being equally popular to the regular SS10.

Basic stats

Driveability: 37.3
Sportiness: 51.3
Comfort: 20.2
Prestige: 55.4
Safety: 55.1
Practicality: 23.1
Utility: 23
Offroad: 0.1
Reliability: 60
Env. resistance: 42.8
Price (today, $): 36 281

Engine & Performance

Engine type: SSV10-ALM-SCa4 (variant code: 8639-SS-InIn1x)
Notable engine details: forged internals, SOHC 4 valve, Multipoint EFI, tubular headers
Horsepower & Torque: 557hp @6000RPM & 732Nm at 4700RPM
Fuel (Fuel type || L / 100KM): Regular unleaded || 28.5
Weight (KG): 1587

0-100 KM/H: 5s
Top speed (KM/H): 306
Quarter mile: 12.78
Cornering G’s (20 / 200m): 1.12 / 1.11
Roll angle (degrees): 3.1

Driveline, interior & Chassis

Drive type: Longitudinal RWD
Differential: Geared LSD.
Gearbox: High performance 5 speed manual
Brakes: front vented disc 3 piston, rear vented disc 2 piston
Interior: Premium 2 seat, premium casette
Driver aids: Variable power steering, ABS.

Chassis & Panels: Corrosion resistant steel monocoque & partial aluminum panels
Front / Rear Suspension: Full double wishbone


The 1990 LLE10 is the GT variant of the Peregrine and was only sold between 1990 and 1992 to celebrate the market success of the Peregrine series. Featuring everything you’d expect from a very high end car, it has luxury four seat interior with awesome features like massaging for all passengers, memory function for the driver, you name it. This version of the car was notorious for not being overly reliable though, due to all the electronics used in it which could be dodgy. This version also got the CompuShift4 computerized automatic and managed to retain the 5 second 0-60 mp/h time.

Basic stats

Driveability: 61.7
Sportiness: 33
Comfort: 41.3
Prestige: 61.8
Safety: 57.4
Practicality: 35.7
Utility: 24
Offroad: 12.4
Reliability: 54.2
Env. resistance: 42.8
Price (today, $): 37 155

Engine & Performance

Engine type: SSV10-ALM-SCa4 (variant code: 8639-SS-InIn1x)
Notable engine details: forged internals, SOHC 4 valve, Multipoint EFI, tubular headers
Horsepower & Torque: 557hp @6000RPM & 732Nm at 4700RPM
Fuel (Fuel type || L / 100KM): Regular unleaded || 32.3
Weight (KG): 1771

0-100 KM/H: 5s
Top speed (KM/H): 300
Quarter mile: 13.15s
Cornering G’s (20 / 200m): 1.11 / 1.10
Roll angle (degrees): 5.1

Driveline, interior & Chassis

Drive type: Longitudinal RWD
Differential: Geared LSD.
Gearbox: CompuShift4 (4 speed advanced automatic)
Brakes: front vented disc 3 piston, rear vented disc 2 piston
Interior: Luxury 4 seat, luxury casette
Driver aids: Variable power steering, ABS, traction control.

Chassis & Panels: Corrosion resistant steel monocoque & partial aluminum panels
Front / Rear Suspension: Full double wishbone


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#16


The iconic Locust brought into the 80s. Available soon at your local WMC dealer


#17

In 1980, the Locust Mk2 was released to replace the now very old Locust Mk1. Big changes were implemented for the Locust to bring it up to to date again. It includes a monocoque chassis with full double wishbone setup and an upgraded STIL4-2305-GJ 2.3L I4. Despite the emissions equipment, the engine retained all its mighty power consisting of 90 hp. The general idea of the Locust was the same though, a very cheap compact sedan that’s economic but still fun to drive. WMC succeeded with their goal and the Locust reached a very wide array of customers with the different trim levels available. Those were the classic 2300 and 230P, together with the newcomers 340S. In 1985, the Locust Mk2 got a facelift and with that, another trim with 189 hp was introduced, the 230S, with a turbocharged variant of the 2.3L I4. Production ended in 1991.


The Locust 2300 is the most bare bones basic trim of the Locust one can buy. Cheap, reliable (even more reliable then the old version), fuel efficient but still fun. While there was a lot of tech changes, the drivetrain and gearbox were left mostly unchanged. Longitudinal FWD with a four speed manual, with fourth gear being overdrive. The monocoque design and the most advanced safety tech of the 80s made this car a whole lot safer then it’s predecessor.

The engine remained mostly the same, still providing that sweet low to mid range torque. The major changes are throttle body fuel injection and a three-way catalytic converter to pass emissions regulations. The engine is still the trusty old cast iron construction with DAOHC.

The car sold very well in a wide range of markets, which include but aren’t limited to: utility, fam. utility, commuter, family, fun, fun budget, pony budget, city eco, city, family sport and pony.

Sidenote, how the trunk release lever works: It’s not attached to the trunk lid. You just pull it and it pops the trunk and leaves enough of a gap for you to get your hand in and open it,

Basic stats

Driveability: 49.3
Sportiness: 10.4
Comfort: 12.4
Prestige: 16.6
Safety: 41.2
Practicality: 52.2
Utility: 9.2
Offroad: 12.7
Reliability: 68.2
Env. resistance: 35.2
Price (today, $): 9121

Engine & Performance

Engine type: STIL4-2305-GJ 2.3L I4
Notable engine details: forged internals, high tech emissions equipment, electronic fuel injection
Horsepower & Torque: 90hp @5600RPM & 161Nm at 2300RPM (over 140Nm @1300 - 4300RPM)
Fuel (Fuel type || L / 100KM): Regular unleaded || 12.4
Weight (KG): 962.9

0-100 KM/H: 10.4
Top speed (KM/H): 158
Quarter mile: 17.7s
Cornering G’s (20 / 200m): 0.866 / 0.841
Roll angle (degrees): 4.4

Driveline, interior & Chassis

Drive type: Longitudinal FWD
Differential: Open.
Gearbox: 4 speed manual (4th gear is overdrive)
Brakes: tiny front solid disc 2 piston, rear drum
Interior: Basic 5 seat, basic 8 track
Driver aids: Power steering.

Chassis & Panels: Galvanized steel monocoque & steel panels
Front / Rear Suspension: Full double wishbone


The Locust 230P is the “premium” trim package featuring standard interior and 8 track instead of basic. While it was more comfortable to drive for obvious reasons, it lost a bit of its (non-existent) performance due to the added weight. MArket wise, it was popular in the same markets as the 2300.

Pre-facelift stats (1980-1985)

Basic stats

Driveability: 52.3
Sportiness: 9.8
Comfort: 18
Prestige: 20.6
Safety: 41.8
Practicality: 52.2
Utility: 9
Offroad: 13.3
Reliability: 66.2
Env. resistance: 35.2
Price (today, $): 10 444

Engine & Performance

Engine type: STIL4-2305-GJ 2.3L I4
Notable engine details: forged internals, high tech emissions equipment, electronic fuel injection
Horsepower & Torque: 90hp @5600RPM & 161Nm at 2300RPM (over 140Nm @1300 - 4300RPM)
Fuel (Fuel type || L / 100KM): Regular unleaded || 12.9
Weight (KG): 1013.5

0-100 KM/H: 10.9
Top speed (KM/H): 158
Quarter mile: 18.07s
Cornering G’s (20 / 200m): 0.856 / 0.826
Roll angle (degrees): 4.6

Driveline, interior & Chassis

Drive type: Longitudinal FWD
Differential: Open.
Gearbox: 4 speed manual (4th gear is overdrive)
Brakes: tiny front solid disc 2 piston, rear drum
Interior: Standard 5 seat, standard 8 track
Driver aids: Variable power steering.

Chassis & Panels: Galvanized steel monocoque & steel panels
Front / Rear Suspension: Full double wishbone

Post-facelift stats (1985 and after)

Basic stats

Driveability: 55.8
Sportiness: 11.4
Comfort: 17.3
Prestige: 20.4
Safety: 42.3
Practicality: 52.2
Utility: 8.8
Offroad: 12.5
Reliability: 64.4
Env. resistance: 35.2
Price (today, $): 10 291

Engine & Performance

Engine type: STIL4-2305-GJ 2.3L I4
Notable engine details: forged internals, high tech emissions equipment, electronic fuel injection
Horsepower & Torque: 90hp @5600RPM & 161Nm at 2300RPM (over 140Nm @1300 - 4300RPM)
Fuel (Fuel type || L / 100KM): Regular unleaded || 15.6
Weight (KG): 1044.2

0-100 KM/H: 11.1s
Top speed (KM/H): 158
Quarter mile: 18.18
Cornering G’s (20 / 200m): 0.882 / 0.851
Roll angle (degrees): 4.7

Driveline, interior & Chassis

Drive type: Longitudinal FWD
Differential: Open.
Gearbox: 4 speed manual (4th gear is overdrive).
Brakes: front solid disc 2 piston, rear drum
Interior: Standard 5 seat, standard 8 track
Driver aids: Variable power steering, ABS.

Chassis & Panels: Galvanized steel monocoque & steel panels
Front / Rear Suspension: Full double wishbone


The Locust 340S is essentially the same idea as the previous, USDM-only Locust 340E. The 340S is the top tier sporty trim of the Locust featauring a 3.4L V6 pushing out 150hp. It being a top tier trim, it featured standard interior and entertainment, variable power steering, gas mono-tube dampers and the CompuShift4 advanced automatic gearbox, making the car incredibly easy to drive. A noteworthy design detail of the Locust 340S is the center mounted dual exhaust at the rear.

The engine is the same long stroke V6 used in the original Locust but featuring advanced emissions equipment (three-way catalytic converter) and throttle body injection for better fuel economy.

The Locust 340S was incredibly popular in loads of market segments, most notabily in utility sport, fun, fun premium, pony and sport budget and family sport. A few sales in commuter, family and city premium were also mdae.

Basic stats

Driveability: 68.6
Sportiness: 11.8
Comfort: 18.2
Prestige: 24.7
Safety: 42.3
Practicality: 52.2
Utility: 14.3
Offroad: 13.1
Reliability: 34.8
Env. resistance: 35.6
Price (today, $): 11 204

Engine & Performance

Engine type: LSTV6-3405-GJ (variant code: 3405-B/S-TBi)
Notable engine details: forged internals, high tech emissions equipment, electronic fuel injection
Horsepower & Torque: 150hp @5400RPM & 238Nm at 2700RPM (over 200Nm @1300 - 5300RPM)
Fuel (Fuel type || L / 100KM): Regular unleaded || 15.1
Weight (KG): 1062.7

0-100 KM/H: 8.23s
Top speed (KM/H): 180
Quarter mile: 16.26
Cornering G’s (20 / 200m): 0.877 / 0.856
Roll angle (degrees): 3.8

Driveline, interior & Chassis

Drive type: Longitudinal FWD
Differential: Open.
Gearbox: CompuShift4 (advanced automatic, 4 speed)
Brakes: tiny front solid disc 2 piston, rear drum
Interior: Standard 5 seat, standard 8 track
Driver aids: Variable power steering.

Chassis & Panels: Galvanized steel monocoque & steel panels
Front / Rear Suspension: Full double wishbone



Facelift Locust 2300

In 1985, a facelift was done for the Mk2 Locust. A redesign of the front as well as adjustments to the rear were made. Variable power steering and ABS brakes were standard equipment for all trim levels for post-85 Locust models. Those would be the only noteworthy changes as the rest remained more or less the same. With new cars coming to the market, the Locust had now lost some of its market position to competitors.

Post-85 Locust 2300 stats

Basic stats

Driveability: 56.4
Sportiness: 11.3
Comfort: 11.6
Prestige: 16.3
Safety: 41.7
Practicality: 52.2
Utility: 9.1
Offroad: 12.1
Reliability: 66.2
Env. resistance: 35.2
Price (today, $): 9 249

Engine & Performance

Engine type: STIL4-2305-GJ 2.3L I4
Notable engine details: forged internals, high tech emissions equipment, electronic fuel injection
Horsepower & Torque: 90hp @5600RPM & 161Nm at 2300RPM (over 140Nm @1300 - 4300RPM)
Fuel (Fuel type || L / 100KM): Regular unleaded || 12.7
Weight (KG): 987

0-100 KM/H: 10.6s
Top speed (KM/H): 159
Quarter mile: 17.83
Cornering G’s (20 / 200m): 0.866 / 0.841
Roll angle (degrees): 4.4

Driveline, interior & Chassis

Drive type: Longitudinal FWD
Differential: Open.
Gearbox: 4 speed manual (4th gear is overdrive).
Brakes: tiny front solid disc 2 piston, rear drum
Interior: Standard 5 seat, standard 8 track
Driver aids: Variable power steering, ABS.

Chassis & Panels: Galvanized steel monocoque & steel panels
Front / Rear Suspension: Full double wishbone


The newcomer is the Locust 230S, featuring a turbocharged 2.3L I4. A sport variant of the basic 2300. With 189hp on tap, this high tech version of the basic STIL4 engine gets the car up to 200KM/H and does 0-100KM/H in just 6.43 seconds. With sportier tires and sporty suspensions tuning, the handling was sharpened up substantially, giving the car nearly 1G in cornering. This did however not sell super well but gained some popularity in the following segments: fun, family sport, pony, pony budget and sports budget.

Basic stats

Driveability: 51.8
Sportiness: 22.3
Comfort: 9.8
Prestige: 22.7
Safety: 42.2
Practicality: 52.2
Utility: 12.2
Offroad: 13.1
Reliability: 64.5
Env. resistance: 32.6
Price (today, $): 10 152

Engine & Performance

Engine type: STIL4-2305-GJ 2.3L Turbo I4 (variant code: 2305-S-InIn-85T)
Notable engine details: forged internals, multipoint injection, turbocharger
Horsepower & Torque: 189hp @6200RPM & 257Nm at 4600RPM
Fuel (Fuel type || L / 100KM): Regular unleaded || 14.9
Weight (KG): 1035.9

0-100 KM/H: 6.43s
Top speed (KM/H): 200
Quarter mile: 14.82
Cornering G’s (20 / 200m): 0.948 / 0.923
Roll angle (degrees): 4.9

Driveline, interior & Chassis

Drive type: Longitudinal FWD
Differential: Geared LSD.
Gearbox: 5 speed manual.
Brakes: front solid disc 2 piston, rear solid disc 1 piston
Interior: Basic 5 seat, basic 8 track
Driver aids: Variable power steering, ABS.

Chassis & Panels: Galvanized steel monocoque & steel panels
Front / Rear Suspension: Full double wishbone



Facelift Locust 340S. Pictured is an used specimen where the “L” has fallen of from the rear badging

While the engine was kept the same, the 340S got gas mono-tube dampers as well as better tires then the pre-facelift version. ABS was also standard and it sold decently in fun, pony, family sport, utility sport, sport budget and convertible sport budget.

Basic stats

Driveability: 69.3
Sportiness: 13.9
Comfort: 18.8
Prestige: 25.7
Safety: 43.1
Practicality: 52.2
Utility: 14.7
Offroad: 12.6
Reliability: 61.9
Env. resistance: 33.7
Price (today, $): 10 875

Engine & Performance

Engine type: LSTV6-3405-GJ (variant code: 3405-B/S-TBi)
Notable engine details: forged internals, high tech emissions equipment, electronic fuel injection
Horsepower & Torque: 150hp @5400RPM & 238Nm at 2700RPM (over 200Nm @1300 - 5300RPM)
Fuel (Fuel type || L / 100KM): Regular unleaded || 15.6
Weight (KG): 1116.2

0-100 KM/H: 8.35s
Top speed (KM/H): 177
Quarter mile: 16.39
Cornering G’s (20 / 200m): 0.917 / 0.897
Roll angle (degrees): 4.5

Driveline, interior & Chassis

Drive type: Longitudinal FWD
Differential: Open.
Gearbox: CompuShift4 (advanced automatic, 4 speed)
Brakes: front solid disc 2 piston, rear drum
Interior: Standard 5 seat, standard 8 track
Driver aids: Variable power steering, ABS.

Chassis & Panels: Galvanized steel monocoque & steel panels
Front / Rear Suspension: Full double wishbone


#18


Locust W230 seen from the rear

With the 1985 facelift of the Locust Mk2, a wagon version was released, the W340 (V6) and the W230 (I4 turbo). The car was intended to be a from of family sports car that’s easy to drive and decently comfortable, and it was rather successful. The W340 and W230 only came with CompuShift4 advanced automatic gearboxes and standard grade interiors. Both trims were upgraded with full disc brakes as well as ABS and variable power steering. These ended production in 1991 with the rest of the Locust Mk2 lineup.


The W340 was running on the V6 used in the Locust 340S and saw good success in fun, pony, family sport, family utility premium and a bit in utility sport and sport budget. The ABS and automatic gearbox made this car very easy to drive.

Basic stats

Driveability: 67
Sportiness: 13.8
Comfort: 17.9
Prestige: 25.5
Safety: 43.3
Practicality: 52.4
Utility: 17
Offroad: 12.8
Reliability: 61.9
Env. resistance: 33.8
Price (today, $): 10 768

Engine & Performance

Engine type: LSTV6-3405-GJ (variant code: 3405-B/S-TBi)
Notable engine details: forged internals, high tech emissions equipment, electronic fuel injection
Horsepower & Torque: 150hp @5400RPM & 238Nm at 2700RPM (over 200Nm @1300 - 5300RPM)
Fuel (Fuel type || L / 100KM): Regular unleaded || 15.9
Weight (KG): 1133.7

0-100 KM/H: 8.35s
Top speed (KM/H): 180
Quarter mile: 16.5
Cornering G’s (20 / 200m): 0.928 / 0.902
Roll angle (degrees): 4.8

Driveline, interior & Chassis

Drive type: Longitudinal FWD
Differential: Open.
Gearbox: CompuShift4 (advanced automatic, 4 speed).
Brakes: front solid disc 2 piston, rear solid disc 1 piston
Interior: Standard 5 seat, standard 8 track
Driver aids: Variable power steering, ABS.

Chassis & Panels: Galvanized steel monocoque & steel panels
Front / Rear Suspension: Full double wishbone


The W230 was the more sporty trim with stiffer suspension and low profile sports tires. Featuring a geared LSD to contain the wheelspin and wider tires. Not as popular as the W340 but sold decently in family sport, family utility premium, pony and fun and sports budget

Basic stats

Driveability: 67.5
Sportiness: 18.9
Comfort: 12.2
Prestige: 29
Safety: 43.3
Practicality: 52.3
Utility: 17.3
Offroad: 10.2
Reliability: 58.4
Env. resistance: 32.7
Price (today, $): 11 286

Engine & Performance

Engine type: STIL4-2305-GJ 2.3L Turbo I4 (variant code: 2305-S-InIn-85T)
Notable engine details: forged internals, multipoint injection, turbocharger
Horsepower & Torque: 189hp @6200RPM & 257Nm at 4600RPM
Fuel (Fuel type || L / 100KM): Regular unleaded || 16.2
Weight (KG): 1126.7

0-100 KM/H: 7.14s
Top speed (KM/H): 194
Quarter mile: 15.55
Cornering G’s (20 / 200m): 0.968 / 0.856
Roll angle (degrees): 4.7

Driveline, interior & Chassis

Drive type: Longitudinal FWD
Differential: Geared LSD.
Gearbox: CompuShift4 (advanced automatic, 4 speed).
Brakes: front solid disc 2 piston, rear solid disc 1 piston
Interior: Standard 5 seat, standard 8 track
Driver aids: Variable power steering, ABS.

Chassis & Panels: Galvanized steel monocoque & steel panels
Front / Rear Suspension: Full double wishbone


#19

In 1980, the second generation Marlin was released. As with many other 80s WMC cars, the new Marlin had a monocoque chassis and full double wishbone suspension setup. This little light budget sportscar (only 3.42 meters long!) still runs on the same STIL4 inline 4 engine dating back to the 60, as well as longitudinal FWD, but with various improvements such as fuel injection. In 1985, the Marlin got a facelift as well as the introduction of the H140, which uses the same turbocharged 189hp engine as the Locust 230S. Production ended in 1989.


The Marlin T140 is a two seater sports car trim featuring a 4 speed manual gearbox and a special tuned STIL4 inline 4 used in the Locust. The output was increased from 90hp to 107 and it uses a performance intake. With the most advanced safety feature in the 80s as well as a refreshed engine, the new Marlin T140 is more reliable, more sporty, faster and slightly more rust resistant since the chassis is galvanized. Immensely popular in light sports budget, track budget, fun budget, and sport budget.

Basic stats

Driveability: 53.5
Sportiness: 22.8
Comfort: 17.2
Prestige: 19.7
Safety: 38.8
Practicality: 33.4
Utility: 11
Offroad: 5
Reliability: 67.6
Env. resistance: 30.2
Price (today, $): 9 254

Engine & Performance

Engine type: STIL4-2305-GJ 2.3L I4 (variant code: 2305-S-TBi)
Notable engine details: forged internals, electronic fuel injection, “performance tuned”
Horsepower & Torque: 107hp @5800RPM & 165Nm at 3000RPM (over 150Nm @2000 - 4700 RPM)
Fuel (Fuel type || L / 100KM): Regular unleaded || 12.9
Weight (KG): 835.1

0-100 KM/H: 8.1s
Top speed (KM/H): 170
Quarter mile: 16.26
Cornering G’s (20 / 200m): 0.963 / 0.938
Roll angle (degrees): 4.7

Driveline, interior & Chassis

Drive type: Longitudinal FWD
Differential: Open.
Gearbox: 4 speed manual.
Brakes: front solid disc 1 piston, tiny rear drum
Interior: Standard 2 seat, basic 8 track
Driver aids: Variable power steering.

Chassis & Panels: Galvanized steel monocoque & steel panels
Front / Rear Suspension: Full double wishbone


As with the previous version of the Marlin, the F140 is a four seater variant meant to cater to those who want more seats in their Marlin. Basic quality 4 seats together with some minor adjustments and the F140 was a huge hit as fun budget, fun, pony budget. Sold decently also in city, city eco, fun premium, sport budget and pony.

Basic stats

Driveability: 53.2
Sportiness: 23
Comfort: 10.5
Prestige: 16.5
Safety: 39.2
Practicality: 48.1
Utility: 10.6
Offroad: 8.9
Reliability: 68.3
Env. resistance: 30.2
Price (today, $): 9 477

Engine & Performance

Engine type: STIL4-2305-GJ 2.3L I4 (variant code: 2305-S-TBi)
Notable engine details: forged internals, electronic fuel injection, “performance tuned”
Horsepower & Torque: 107hp @5800RPM & 165Nm at 3000RPM (over 150Nm @2000 - 4700 RPM)
Fuel (Fuel type || L / 100KM): Regular unleaded || 13.1
Weight (KG): 869.4

0-100 KM/H: 8.35s
Top speed (KM/H): 170
Quarter mile: 16.5
Cornering G’s (20 / 200m): 0.958 / 0.938
Roll angle (degrees): 4.3

Driveline, interior & Chassis

Drive type: Longitudinal FWD
Differential: Open.
Gearbox: 4 speed manual.
Brakes: front solid disc 1 piston, rear drum
Interior: basic 4 seat, basic 8 track
Driver aids: Variable power steering.

Chassis & Panels: Galvanized steel monocoque & steel panels
Front / Rear Suspension: Full double wishbone


The trim that was previously called the SS6 is now called S177, 177 referring to the engine displacement in cubic inches and the S being short for “Super”. Featuring a fuel injected STB6-GJ-DAC2 boxer engine, wider tires, better brakes and more sporty suspension tuning, the S177 pulls over 1 G in cornering and does 0-100KM/H in just 6.5 second with a top speed of 195km/h. Despite all the added power, the S177 was very easy to handle and was the most reliable Mk2 Marlin model compared to the rest of them.

Saw lots of popularity in light sport budget, light sport, sport budget and some in track budget and convertible sport budget.

Basic stats

Driveability: 52.8
Sportiness: 29.4
Comfort: 17.8
Prestige: 23.4
Safety: 29.6
Practicality: 32.4
Utility: 12.4
Offroad: 0
Reliability: 69
Env. resistance: 29.5
Price (today, $): 10 753

Engine & Performance

Engine type: STB6-GJ-DAC2 2.9L Boxer6 (variant code: 2906-S-TBi)
Notable engine details: forged internals, electronic fuel injection, high quality fuel system (+4 quality).
Horsepower & Torque: 172hp @6200RPM & 225Nm at 4500RPM
Fuel (Fuel type || L / 100KM): Regular unleaded || 18.6
Weight (KG): 900.9

0-100 KM/H: 6.55s
Top speed (KM/H): 195
Quarter mile: 14.94
Cornering G’s (20 / 200m): 1.06 / 1.03
Roll angle (degrees): 4.5

Driveline, interior & Chassis

Drive type: Longitudinal FWD
Differential: Open.
Gearbox: 4 speed manual.
Brakes: front solid disc 1 piston, tiny rear solid disc 1 piston
Interior: standard 2 seat, basic 8 track
Driver aids: Variable power steering.

Chassis & Panels: Galvanized steel monocoque & steel panels
Front / Rear Suspension: Full double wishbone


The 1985 facelift saw a bit of a refresh of the exterior as well as the inclusion of ABS as standard equipment. Besides that, no major changes were made. The car still remained highly competitive on the market, selling well in the light sport budget, track budget and sport budget markets. It lost lot of competitiveness in the city and city eco categories.

Facelift Marlin T140 fact sheet

Basic stats

Driveability: 56.4
Sportiness: 21.8
Comfort: 17
Prestige: 19.4
Safety: 39.2
Practicality: 33.3
Utility: 11.1
Offroad: 5.5
Reliability: 65.6
Env. resistance: 30.2
Price (today, $): 9 335

Engine & Performance

Engine type: STIL4-2305-GJ 2.3L I4 (variant code: 2305-S-TBi)
Notable engine details: forged internals, electronic fuel injection, “performance tuned”
Horsepower & Torque: 107hp @5800RPM & 165Nm at 3000RPM (over 150Nm @2000 - 4700 RPM)
Fuel (Fuel type || L / 100KM): Regular unleaded || 12.9
Weight (KG): 852.2

0-100 KM/H: 8.23s
Top speed (KM/H): 170
Quarter mile: 16.39
Cornering G’s (20 / 200m): 0.968 / 0.948
Roll angle (degrees): 4.9

Driveline, interior & Chassis

Drive type: Longitudinal FWD
Differential: Open.
Gearbox: 4 speed manual.
Brakes: front solid disc 1 piston, tiny rear drum
Interior: standard 2 seat, basic 8 track
Driver aids: Variable power steering, ABS.

Chassis & Panels: Galvanized steel monocoque & steel panels
Front / Rear Suspension: Full double wishbone

As the Marlin F140 more or less looks like the T140 exterior wise, I’ll put its fact sheet here. It also got ABS as an upgrade. Sold mainly in fun and some in pony budget as well as family sport and fun budget.

Facelift Marlin F140 fact sheet

Basic stats

Driveability: 55.5
Sportiness: 21.3
Comfort: 8.9
Prestige: 16.2
Safety: 39.6
Practicality: 49.2
Utility: 10.2
Offroad: 7.1
Reliability: 66.3
Env. resistance: 30.2
Price (today, $): 9 443

Engine & Performance

Engine type: STIL4-2305-GJ 2.3L I4 (variant code: 2305-S-TBi)
Notable engine details: forged internals, electronic fuel injection, “performance tuned”
Horsepower & Torque: 107hp @5800RPM & 165Nm at 3000RPM (over 150Nm @2000 - 4700 RPM)
Fuel (Fuel type || L / 100KM): Regular unleaded || 13.1
Weight (KG): 888.4

0-100 KM/H: 8.47s
Top speed (KM/H): 170
Quarter mile: 16.5
Cornering G’s (20 / 200m): 0.968 / 0.948
Roll angle (degrees): 4.6

Driveline, interior & Chassis

Drive type: Longitudinal FWD
Differential: Open.
Gearbox: 4 speed manual.
Brakes: front solid disc 1 piston, rear drum
Interior: basic 4 seat, basic 8 track
Driver aids: Variable power steering, ABS.

Chassis & Panels: Galvanized steel monocoque & steel panels
Front / Rear Suspension: Full double wishbone


The facelift S177 didn’t have any big changes. It now has a five speed gearbox to try to improve fuel economy. 5th gear is more of an overdrive gear though. Slight suspension adjustments also allowed for better cornering. Sold in light sport budget, track budget, track, sport budget and light sport.

Basic stats

Driveability: 55.4
Sportiness: 29.8
Comfort: 14.5
Prestige: 23.5
Safety: 40
Practicality: 34
Utility: 12.6
Offroad: 0
Reliability: 67.5
Env. resistance: 29.5
Price (today, $): 10 875

Engine & Performance

Engine type: STB6-GJ-DAC2 2.9L Boxer6 (variant code: 2906-S-TBi)
Notable engine details: forged internals, electronic fuel injection, high quality fuel system (+4 quality).
Horsepower & Torque: 172hp @6200RPM & 225Nm at 4500RPM
Fuel (Fuel type || L / 100KM): Regular unleaded || 18.6
Weight (KG): 922.4

0-100 KM/H: 6.3s
Top speed (KM/H): 199
Quarter mile: 14.82
Cornering G’s (20 / 200m): 1.07 / 1.04
Roll angle (degrees): 4.8

Driveline, interior & Chassis

Drive type: Longitudinal FWD
Differential: Open.
Gearbox: 5 speed manual (5th is overdrive).
Brakes: front solid disc 1 piston, rear tiny solid disc 1 piston
Interior: Standard 2 seat, basic 8 track
Driver aids: Variable power steering, ABS.

Chassis & Panels: Galvanized steel monocoque & steel panels
Front / Rear Suspension: Full double wishbone


The H140 is a newcomer model, featuring the 2.3L I4 but turbocharged, as seen in the Locust 230S. The H140 was lightning fast in fact. Featuring sports tires, sporty suspension and a geared LSD, it reaches 100KM/H in just 5.7 seconds and maxes out at 200 km/h. The newcomer was quite popular on the market, selling in light sports budget, light sports, track budget, convertible sports budget and sport budget.

Basic stats

Driveability: 55.4
Sportiness: 29.6
Comfort: 10.7
Prestige: 25.4
Safety: 39.8
Practicality: 34
Utility: 13.3
Offroad: 0
Reliability: 63.9
Env. resistance: 32.6
Price (today, $): 11 093

Engine & Performance

Engine type: STIL4-2305-GJ 2.3L Turbo I4 (variant code: 2305-S-InIn-85T)
Notable engine details: forged internals, multipoint injection, turbocharger
Horsepower & Torque: 189hp @6200RPM & 257Nm at 4600RPM
Fuel (Fuel type || L / 100KM): Regular unleaded || 14.1
Weight (KG): 904

0-100 KM/H: 5.7s
Top speed (KM/H): 200
Quarter mile: 14.23
Cornering G’s (20 / 200m): 1.06 / 1.04
Roll angle (degrees): 4.8

Driveline, interior & Chassis

Drive type: Longitudinal FWD
Differential: Geared LSD.
Gearbox: 5 speed manual.
Brakes: front solid disc 1 piston, tiny solid disc 1 piston
Interior: Standard 2 seat, basic 8 track
Driver aids: Variable power steering, ABS.

Chassis & Panels: Galvanized steel monocoque & steel panels
Front / Rear Suspension: Full double wishbone


#20

The third generation of the Frigate was released in 1987. The R&D team and design team corrected all the flaws from the second generation Frigate and updated the design to make it more contemporary and aggressive, while keeping the designs typical to the Frigate intact, such as the “multi-color” rear lights and the triple side exhausts. The third gen Frigate stays true to the WMC corporate strategy of product differentiation with its odd designs. For the third generation, the trims available was supplemented with the LV8, which is basically a more budget version of the premium SV8 trim to make V8 power more accessible to other markets.

In 1993, the design of the Frigate was refreshed and so were the safety features to include the most advanced safety of the 90s as well as cassette capable entertainment systems across the range. The production of the third gen Frigate ended in 1997.



The small little lights under the headlights (not the blinkers) are supposed to DRL lights

FRIGATE LV8

The Frigate LV8 is the newcomer trim level. Instead of premium interior, the LV8 has standard interior and standard 8 track player, which cut the price of the car to make it more accessible. Besides that, the reliability of the car was boosted as well as the handling, which gets very close to 1G in corners. Vented front disc brakes eliminate most of the brake fade and the handling is sharp but the car is still decently comfortable.

Basic stats

Driveability: 49.8
Sportiness: 31.7
Comfort: 19.2
Prestige: 33.6
Safety: 53.3
Practicality: 96.9 (must be a bug with this car body??)
Utility: 13
Offroad: 9.2
Reliability: 65.9
Env. resistance: 27.7
Price (today, $): 14 355

Main markets

Fun Premium, family sport, pony, muscle, family sport premium.

Engine & Performance

Engine type: L-STV8-GJ-DAC 5.6L V8 (variant code: 5611-S-TBi-87)
Notable engine details: forged internals, high quality fuel injector (+4 quality), high quality exhaust (+3 quality)
Horsepower & Torque: 292hp @5800RPM & 421Nm at 3800RPM
Fuel (Fuel type || L / 100KM): Regular unleaded || 23.8
Weight (KG): 1598.5

0-100 KM/H: 5.95s
Top speed (KM/H): 240
Quarter mile: 14.35
Cornering G’s (20 / 200m): 0.968 / 0.953
Roll angle (degrees): 4.9

Driveline, interior & Chassis

Drive type: Longitudinal FWD
Differential: Geared LSD.
Gearbox: 5 speed manual.
Brakes (F/R): vented disc 3 piston (285mm), solid disc 1 piston (225mm)
Interior: Standard 4 seat, standard 8 track
Driver aids: Variable power steering, ABS.

Chassis & Panels: Galvanized steel monocoque & steel panels
Front / Rear Suspension: Full double wishbone


The 1993 facelift for the LV8 includes a basic cassette player (since standard cassette player would blow the budget ) and standard interior. The major changes are the exterior and the advanced 90s safety tech to further make the car safer. Slight improvements to the handling were also made. The facelift saw lower popularity then its older brother.

Basic stats

Driveability: 50.9
Sportiness: 32.1
Comfort: 20.3
Prestige: 32.5
Safety: 55.7
Practicality: 97.3
Utility: 12.8
Offroad: 9.8
Reliability: 67.5
Env. resistance: 27.7
Price (today, $): 14 500

Main markets (highest popularity)

Family sport, pony, muscle.

Engine & Performance

Engine type: L-STV8-GJ-DAC 5.6L V8 (variant code: 5611-S-TBi-87)
Notable engine details: forged internals, high quality fuel injector (+4 quality), high quality exhaust (+3 quality)
Horsepower & Torque: 292hp @5800RPM & 421Nm at 3800RPM
Fuel (Fuel type || L / 100KM): Regular unleaded || 23.8
Weight (KG): 1632.2

0-100 KM/H: 6.07s
Top speed (KM/H): 240
Quarter mile: 14.47
Cornering G’s (20 / 200m): 0.979 / 0.958
Roll angle (degrees): 5

Driveline, interior & Chassis

Drive type: Longitudinal FWD
Differential: Geared LSD.
Gearbox: 5 speed manual.
Brakes (F/R): vented disc 3 piston (280mm), solid disc 1 piston (230mm)
Interior: Standard 4 seat, basic casette.
Driver aids: Variable power steering, ABS.

Chassis & Panels: Galvanized steel monocoque & steel panels
Front / Rear Suspension: Full double wishbone


FRIGATE SV8

The Frigate SV8 is the premium trim featuring premium interior and 8 track. To really set the SV8 apart from the rest of the range, the design team decided to use some carbon fiber details on the more simple parts of the car, such as the covers for the side mirrors, door handles and rear wing. Other changes include sports tires for even better cornering, alloy rims as well as a sportier tune of the suspension.

Basic stats

Driveability: 50.1
Sportiness: 32.3
Comfort: 24.3
Prestige: 39.4
Safety: 53.8
Practicality: 95.1
Utility: 13.5
Offroad: 2.9
Reliability: 64.2
Env. resistance: 28
Price (today, $): 17 621

Main markets (highest popularity)

Family sport, fun premium, muscle, family sport premium, pony. utility sport premium.

Engine & Performance

Engine type: L-STV8-GJ-DAC 5.6L V8 (variant code: 5611-S-TBi-87)
Notable engine details: forged internals, high quality fuel injector (+4 quality), high quality exhaust (+3 quality)
Horsepower & Torque: 292hp @5800RPM & 421Nm at 3800RPM
Fuel (Fuel type || L / 100KM): Regular unleaded || 24.9
Weight (KG): 1649

0-100 KM/H: 5.95s
Top speed (KM/H): 240
Quarter mile: 14.35
Cornering G’s (20 / 200m): 1.03 / 1.01
Roll angle (degrees): 5.3

Driveline, interior & Chassis

Drive type: Longitudinal FWD
Differential: Geared LSD.
Gearbox: 5 speed manual.
Brakes (F/R): vented disc 3 piston (305mm), solid disc 1 piston (225mm)
Interior: Premium 4 seat, premium 8 track.
Driver aids: Variable power steering, ABS.

Chassis & Panels: Galvanized steel monocoque & steel panels
Front / Rear Suspension: Full double wishbone


The facelift of the SV8 got a similar treatment to the LV8, but instead of a basic cassette player, the SV8 has a premium cassette player (again, to not make the car super expensive). The carbon fiber details stayed and the fuel door is now also carbon fiber. Other changes include adaptive dampers and 90s advanced safety tech.

Basic stats

Driveability: 51.7
Sportiness: 31.9
Comfort: 26.5
Prestige: 39.9
Safety: 57
Practicality: 93.9
Utility: 13.6
Offroad: 3.1
Reliability: 64.3
Env. resistance: 28
Price (today, $): 19 677

Main markets (highest popularity)

Family sport, fun premium, family sport premium, muscle.

Engine & Performance

Engine type: L-STV8-GJ-DAC 5.6L V8 (variant code: 5611-S-TBi-87)
Notable engine details: forged internals, high quality fuel injector (+4 quality), high quality exhaust (+3 quality)
Horsepower & Torque: 292hp @5800RPM & 421Nm at 3800RPM
Fuel (Fuel type || L / 100KM): Regular unleaded || 25.3
Weight (KG): 1735.1

0-100 KM/H: 6.07s
Top speed (KM/H): 240
Quarter mile: 14.59
Cornering G’s (20 / 200m): 1.03 / 1.01
Roll angle (degrees): 4.9

Driveline, interior & Chassis

Drive type: Longitudinal FWD
Differential: Geared LSD.
Gearbox: 5 speed manual.
Brakes (F/R): vented disc 3 piston (305mm), solid disc 1 piston (230mm)
Interior: Premium 4 seat, premium casette.
Driver aids: Variable power steering, ABS.

Chassis & Panels: Galvanized steel monocoque & steel panels
Front / Rear Suspension: Full double wishbone


FRIGATE LL6

What was previously called the Frigate 3600 is now the Frigate LL6. The more mild, budget choice where fuel economy and price are of bigger concern then raw power. The new and improved 3.6L inline 6 ain’t no slouch though. It has a more aggressive tune and now produces 185hp while still maintaining decent fuel economy. Major exterior differences are lack of rear wing, skinnier tires and smaller brakes and a more comfort oriented tune of the suspension. The LL6 is now has standard interior and entertainment to attract more buyers as opposed to premium. The Frigate LL6 was very popular in Europe as an affordable but decently powerful sports coupe.

Basic stats

Driveability: 52.1
Sportiness: 26.6
Comfort: 20.9
Prestige: 28.8
Safety: 51.9
Practicality: 97.4
Utility: 10.9
Offroad: 6.1
Reliability: 67
Env. resistance: 29.5
Price (today, $): 12 019

Main markets (highest popularity)

Family sport, fun, pony budget, pony, sport budget, utility sport, fun premium.

Engine & Performance

Engine type: STIL6-GJ-DAC2 3.6L I6 (variant code: 3625-S-TBi-87)
Notable engine details: forged internals, high quality fuel injector (+4 quality), high quality exhaust (+4 quality)
Horsepower & Torque: 185hp @5900RPM & 273Nm at 3200RPM (over 240Nm @2000 - 5300 RPM)
Fuel (Fuel type || L / 100KM): Regular unleaded || 18.2
Weight (KG): 1484.7

0-100 KM/H: 7.86s
Top speed (KM/H): 210
Quarter mile: 16.02
Cornering G’s (20 / 200m): 0.917 / 0.892
Roll angle (degrees): 4.7

Driveline, interior & Chassis

Drive type: Longitudinal FWD
Differential: Open.
Gearbox: 5 speed manual (5th is more like overdrive).
Brakes (F/R): vented disc 3 piston (255mm), solid disc 1 piston (225mm), comfort pads.
Interior: Standard 4 seat, standard 8 track.
Driver aids: Variable power steering, ABS.

Chassis & Panels: Galvanized steel monocoque & steel panels
Front / Rear Suspension: Full double wishbone


The facelift LL6 got a similar treatment to the LV8. Standard interior and basic cassette player. but the suspension was tuned for even more comfort and the ride height was slightly increased. Features advanced 90s safety tech.

Basic stats

Driveability: 51.3
Sportiness: 25.9
Comfort: 22
Prestige: 27.6
Safety: 54.4
Practicality: 100.4
Utility: 11
Offroad: 6.7
Reliability: 68.5
Env. resistance: 29.5
Price (today, $): 12 209

Main markets (highest popularity)

Family sport, fun, pony budget, pony, sport budget.

Engine & Performance

Engine type: STIL6-GJ-DAC2 3.6L I6 (variant code: 3625-S-TBi-87)
Notable engine details: forged internals, high quality fuel injector (+4 quality), high quality exhaust (+4 quality)
Horsepower & Torque: 185hp @5900RPM & 273Nm at 3200RPM (over 240Nm @2000 - 5300 RPM)
Fuel (Fuel type || L / 100KM): Regular unleaded || 18.3
Weight (KG): 1520.1

0-100 KM/H: 7.99s
Top speed (KM/H): 210
Quarter mile: 16.15
Cornering G’s (20 / 200m): 0.917 / 0.892
Roll angle (degrees): 5.1

Driveline, interior & Chassis

Drive type: Longitudinal FWD
Differential: Open.
Gearbox: 5 speed manual (5th is more like overdrive).
Brakes (F/R): vented disc 3 piston (250mm), solid disc 1 piston (230mm), comfort pads.
Interior: Standard 4 seat, basic casette.
Driver aids: Variable power steering, ABS.

Chassis & Panels: Galvanized steel monocoque & steel panels
Front / Rear Suspension: Full double wishbone