1989 Vauxhall-Lotus Carlton

1989 Vauxhall-Lotus Carlton

1989 Vauxhall-Lotus Carlton

One of the most distinct cars in the Lotus lineup is the Carlton/Omega. The name Omega name was given to the left-hand-drive cars while Carlton’s had their driver on the right. Internally at Lotus the car was knon as the Type 104

The Motivation behind the car came from Opel and Vauxhaul who wanted to improve the image of thier platform car. Lotus used the Vauxhaul Carlton 3.0 GSi 24v as a base for the car, improving almost every component.

The engine used was a GM inline-6 although the block is the only orginal component. To cope with the 100 bhp per litre load Lotus replaced the pistons, crankshaft, induction system, cooling manifold and induction bodies. The Inline-6 was bored and stroked to a capacity of 3.6 litres. A redesigned cylinder-head and twin Garett tubochargers were also added in the mix. The result was 377 bhp from an engine that originally had 204 bhp.

As expected, Lotus also reworked the suspension, brakes and aerodynamics.

This super-tuned saloon offered the the fastest four-door experince in 1989. It was leaps and bounds ahead of the competition which included the BMW M5.

The Lotus Carlton/Omega was built up to 1992 with around 900 examples being built, all in Imperial Green Metallic.

In Detail

submitted byRichard Owen
typeSeries Production Car
built atEngland
price £/td>£48,000
engineGM Inline-6
positionFront Longitudinal
aspirationTwin Garret T25 Turbochargers
valvetrainDOHC 4 Valves / Cyl
displacement3615 cc / 220.6 in³
bore95 mm / 3.74 in
stroke85 mm / 3.35 in
power281.1 kw / 377.0 bhp @ 5200 rpm
specific output104.29 bhp per litre
bhp/weight228.07 bhp per tonne
torque568.1 nm / 419.0 ft lbs @ 4200 rpm
body / frameUnit Steel
driven wheelsRWD w/Limited Slip
front tires235/45ZR-17
rear tires265/40ZR-17
front brakesVented Discs w/ABS, 4-Pot Calipers
rear brakesVented Discs w/ABS, Twin-Pot Calipers
front wheelsF 43.2 x 21.6 cm / 17.0 x 8.5 in
rear wheelsR 43.2 x 24.1 cm / 17.0 x 9.5 in
steeringRecirculating Ball w/Power Assist
f suspensionMacPherson Struts w/Coil Springs, Anti-Roll Bar, Twin Tube Dampers
r suspensionMulti-Link w/Semi-Trailing Arms, Twin Tube Dampers, Coil Springs
curb weight1653 kg / 3644 lbs
wheelbase2730 mm / 107.5 in
front track1448 mm / 57.0 in
rear track1473 mm / 58.0 in
length4763 mm / 187.5 in
width1930 mm / 76.0 in
height1435 mm / 56.5 in
transmissionZR1 ZF 6-Speed Manual
gear ratios2.68:1, 1.80:1, 1.29:1, 1.00:1, 0.75:1, 0.50:1
final drive3.45:1
top speed~281.6 kph / 175.0 mph
0 – 60 mph~5.4 seconds
0 – 100 mph~11.5 seconds
0 – 1/4 mile~13.5 seconds
drag0.31 Cd