1990s Lotus Carlton – Vauxhall’s most iconic car 0
Sifting back over Vauxhall’s long and illustrious past, there have been many popular models that have won the hearts of fans: the Chevette HS, Astra GTE, the Calibra Turbo to name but a few. Each have their devoties, loyal to the core and passionate about their particular favourite. There is one Vauxhall however, that the performance fans hold above all others: The Lotus Carlton.
It’s perhaps a touch ironic that the car recently voted the most iconic Vauxhall of all time, doesn’t even have the name Vauxhall in its title.
The poll, run by the Vauxhall Performance Show, voted the highly potent offering from 1990, top of its list of performance vehicles. That being so, we thought we’d take a look back at what it was that set so many temperatures racing.
It was back then that Lotus took the Vauxhall Carlton and delivered a car with a 3.6-litre straight-six engine – a heavily modified version of the original’s 3.0-litre – capable of 377bhp thanks to a pair of turbos, 0-60mph in 5.2 seconds and a top speed of 176mph.
To put the Lotus Carlton into some sort of perspective, back in 1990, the latest offering from the Ferrari stable – the 348 – took 5.6 to get from 0-60mph and had a top speed of 171mph.
It didn’t come cheap though, all that performance, chassis fettling and the like pushed the price up to a whopping £48,000, perhaps justifiable considering its rank amongst the most iconic Vauxhalls of all time. But still, a Carlton, really?
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