In the summer of 1986, Vauxhall has acquired the cult British sports car manufacturer Lotus, automobile clubs and the world wondered what the creator of the family sedan and Viva Cavalier would with high-performance car manufacturer. Take a normal family sedan and paste a 3.6-liter engine in the Lotus, and what do you get?
Vauxhall Lotus Carlton in 1990 was the fastest sedan in the world capable of speeds of 176 mph.
Vauxhall Motors was owned by U.S. auto giant General Motors (GM) since 1925 and since 1962, when GM’s Opel has acquired the German manufacturer, the two companies are often shared the same design, engines, parts and vehicles under different badges for their markets.
At first relations were modest Carlton things to come.
The first Omega Vauxhall Carlton or as it became known in Europe and the United States, the British version of the Opel Rekord in Germany.
The Mark 1 Carlton was a typical 1.8 or 2.0 liter four-door family car market for mid-major to compete with the Ford Cortina and Granada. A spacious and comfortable driving force wheel drive with reasonable performance, it was also available in wagon.
The Mark 1 Carlton was built mainly in Germany and assembled at the Vauxhall plant in Luton from 1978 to 1986 when it was replaced by the Mark 2 at the base of the Vauxhall Lotus supercar should be.
Designed for both Ford and BMW to take charge of the UK show, at the end of the launch year of 1986, industry Carlton / Omega forged reach the distinction of the European car of the year.
The 2 Carlton was powered by a straight-6 with a 2.6 and 3.0 liters choice. In 1986, 12-valve, but later models offered a more powerful 24-valve version of the Carlton GSi, which was the basis of the Lotus production car.
Although it was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show 1989, it was not until 1990 that the Vauxhall Lotus Carlton came into production. Equipped with two Garrett T25 water-cooled turbocharger on the car developed 377 horsepower at 5200 rpm, with an incredible 419 pounds per foot of torque.
This allowed the Lotus Carlton at an incredible speed of 176 mph during tests carried out on the track at high speed Nardo in southern Italy.
GM plans to produce 1100 cars at the start for three years, but due to the recession that hit at the time and the high price of Â£ 48 000, sales slower than expected and only 950 cars were eventually built when Lotus Carlton was the last in 1992.
The Lotus Carlton is likely to be remembered that the car world’s fastest sedan that nobody knew about! While the Vauxhall Carlton was on the Omega in 1996 become the short version of Lotus was an instant classic modern.
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