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On its launch at the end of 1986 the Vauxhall Carlton / Opel Omega saloon and estate range earned itself the accolade of European Car of the Year.
In 1990, Vauxhall launched a high performance 377 bhp (281 kW) Lotus Carlton in collaboration with Lotus Cars. (An Opel version was also produced as the Lotus Omega.) It was built with a 3615 cc six-cylinder twin-turbo engine (designated C36GET) capable of over 176 mph (283 km/h), making it officially (for the time) the fastest full four-seater that had ever been made. It cost £48,000 – well over double the price of a standard Carlton. As a result, Vauxhall’s original plans to sell about 1,000 in the UK ended in 440 UK cars being sold. For those with less money there was the 3000GSi 24v, with a top speed of 146 mph (235 km/h).
Source: Wikipedia (original)
- Engine: 3.6L Inline 6 Twin Turbo
- Weight: 1,653 kg / 3,644 lbs
- Power: 281 kW / 377 hp / 382 PS
- 0-100 kph: 5.5 seconds
- Torque: 568 Nm / 419 lb-ft
- Top Speed: 283 kph / 175 mph