Performance Vauxhall - - PROFILE: BILSTEIN - WORDS Dan Furr PHOTOS Dan Pullen

More of­ten than not, when we ask a Per­for­mance Vaux­hall reader to tell us what his or her favourite Grif­fin is, they’ll namecheck the Lo­tus Carl­ton. It’s not dif­fi­cult to see why the Im­pe­rial Green gi­ant is held in such high re­gard. Af­ter all, here’s a Vaux­hall pack­ing twin tur­bocharg­ers and a top speed that many road testers claim ex­ceeds 180mph. That’s an ex­tra­or­di­nary level of per­for­mance from what is es­sen­tially a four­door PER­FOR­MANCE VAUX­HALL fam­ily saloon! Lit­tle won­der that in the lead up to the model’s re­lease, the gen­eral pub­lic, con­ser­va­tive mo­tor­ing jour­nal­ists and news­pa­pers called for Vaux­hall to fol­low the ex­am­ple set by Ger­man car mak­ers who were elec­tron­i­cally lim­it­ing the top speed of their sporty mod­els to 155mph. Meh!

Thank­fully, the Opel, Vaux­hall and Lo­tus ex­ec­u­tives as­so­ci­ated with the project re­fused to bow to peer pres­sure, and the 3.6­litre fire­breath­ing four­wheeler was sub­se­quently re­leased with its con­tro­ver­sial per­for­mance fig­ures in­tact. Claim­ing that the Lo­tus Carl­ton is a suit­able daily driver for mod­ern times is prob­a­bly wide of the mark, but if looked af­ter and ser­viced prop­erly, there is ab­so­lutely no rea­son that you shouldn’t ex­pe­ri­ence plenty of smiles to the mile in this un­de­ni­ably spec­tac­u­lar saloon.

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