Lotus Carlton Voted Favourite Vauxhall Of All Time

Posted on: 06 January 2009 by Gareth Hargreaves

The 176mph Lotus Carlton from 1989 has been voted the UK’s favourite by Vauxhall owners.

The fastest four-door production car in the world when it was launched, the Lotus Carlton featured a twin-turbocharged, straight six-cylinder engine developing 377bhp and 419lb ft of torque.

It had a top speed of 176mph, and could accelerate from zero to 62mph in 5.4 seconds and cost £48,000 when new.

As its name suggests, the car was fettled by Lotus – owned at the time by Vauxhall's parent, General Motors – to make it handle as well as it went.

It was distinguished from lesser Carlton saloons by a rear spoiler, extended wheel arches, front, side and rear bodywork additions, air intakes on the bonnet and discreet Lotus badging.

The 2,969cc engine of the Carlton GSi was enlarged to 3,615cc and was fitted with two Garrett turbochargers. A six-speed manual transmission from GM's Corvette was also fitted.

The Lotus Carlton super-saloon came out the favourite in a poll of 6,300 owners ran by the website www.vauxhalldriverscentre.co.uk.

The results, which also included votes for the favourite Vauxhall from the last five years, were gathered over a month and placed the Lotus Carlton ahead of the Calibra coupe and Cavalier four-door saloon/five-door hatchback on which the Calibra was based.

Vauxhall drivers' favourite model from the last five years was the current VXR8’s wild predecessor, the Monaro, a 5.7- or 6.0-litre, V8-engined, Australian-built coupe.

Have you owned or driven the Lotus Carlton? What’s your favourite Vauxhall? Do you agree with the poll results?

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