Lotus has produced a few of the most well-revered efficiency automobiles ever, and though the Lotus Carlton was a cooperation with Vauxhall/Opel, it stays to this present day a fairly quick automobile.
Constructed between 1990 and 1992, the Carlton was based mostly on the Vauxhall Carlton/Opel Omega A sedan and was also called the Lotus Omega. Though Opel initially deliberate to construct 1,110 automobiles, the recession of the early 1990s in addition to its excessive value meant that solely 320 Carltons and 630 Omegas had been made.
Lotus labored exhausting to enhance the automobile’s efficiency, a lot in order that it was one of many quickest manufacturing automobiles of its time. As this overview from The Supercar Driver particulars, modifications began with an upgraded 3.6-liter straight-six that was joined by a pair of Garrett T25 turbochargers. As well as, the engine featured a customized solid crankshaft, solid slipper pistons, new connecting rods and a big intercooler.
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All up, the Carlton had an output of 377 hp at 5,200 rpm and 419 lb-ft (568 Nm) of torque at 4,200 rpm, which had been channeled to the rear wheels through the ZF six-speed guide transmission used within the up to date Corvette ZR1 and a limited-slip differential from the V8 Holden Commodore.
The Carlton had a claimed prime pace of 177 mph (285 km/h) – which, for the time, was actually quick. Nevertheless, that determine was truly restricted. The reviewer notes that should you hit redline in fifth gear after which grow to be sixth, the automobile’s limiter is disabled, permitting it to proceed accelerating as much as 190 mph (305 km/h). To place that quantity into perspective, it’s the identical as the most recent BMW M5 Competition when optioned with the M Driver’s Bundle…