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  Lotus Carlton
1990 - 1992
Lotus Carlton
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Lotus Carlton Lotus Carlton Lotus Carlton Lotus Carlton

Metric   Imperial
Class Supersaloon
Body 4 Door 5 Seat
Layout Front Engine
Rear Drive
Transmission 6 Speed Manual
Number Built  
Type Conventional
Details Twin Turbo 6 cyl
222 in3 
Max Power
377 bhp @5200rpm 
Max Torque
419 lb/ft @4200rpm 
Power to Weight
231 bhp/ton 
Torque to Weight
257 lbft/ton 
Specific Output 104 bhp/litre 
Compression 8.2:1 
Bore x Stroke
3.74 X 3.35 in 
Fuel Cons
17 mpg 
Top Speed
176 mph 
0 - 30 mph
2.3 sec 
0 - 60 mph
5.1 sec 
0 - 100 mph
10.9 sec 
0 - 124 mph
0 - 186 mph
30 - 70 mph
3.8 sec 
Standing qtr Mile
13.3sec @110mph 
60 - 0 mph
0 - 100 - 0 mph
Ring Lap Time  
Lateral Accn  
Drag Cd 0.31 
187.7 in 
76.1 in 
56.5 in 
3650 lbs 
Wheels (F/R) 8.5 X 17
9.5 X 17 
Tyres (F/R) 235/45 ZR17
265/40 ZR17 
Fuel Capacity
16.5 gal 
Pricing (2016)
New Price £n/a
Used Price £20000 - £50000

From reading press articles at the time, you would be forgiven for thinking that the Lotus Carlton was about to bring on the apocalypse! A 5-seater 'family' car that could do 176mph was considered outrageous. Well, in performance terms it was outrageous. 377bhp and a phenomenal 419lb/ft of torque embarrassed many a so-called supercar.

The Carlton was based on Vauxhall's top of the range 3000Gsi but that's where the similarity ends. Lotus added twin-turbochargers, a Corvette ZR1 6-speed gearbox (to handle that monstrous torque) and uprated the brakes and suspension. The Carlton was short lived but proved a tremendous demonstration of Lotus's engineering prowess.

Overall Rating Money No Object Bargain Rating BHP/ (x1000)
60% 57% 2% 11
Ranks 606 of 771 Ranks 619 of 771 Ranks 417 of 771 Ranks 168 of 771

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