TECH LOTUS CARLTON
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.