This Opel Lotus Carlton is a collaboration with the British automaker Lotus, Opel’s fastest-going sedan in history, and the second-fastest production sedan worldwide at its launch time.
The model saw the daylight in early 1990s. A total of 950 units have rolled off the assembly lines, 320 of these named Lotus Carlton and given the right-hand drive. The rest were left-hand drive and named Opel Omega Lotus.
A twin-turbo inline-six with 382 PS (377 hp / 281 kW) and 570 Nm (420 lb-ft) took the car from zero to 100 km/h (62 miles per hour) in 5–5.5 seconds (accounts vary). Despite its curb weight of 1.7 metric tons (3,750 lbs), it could exceed 280 km/h (174 mph), coming second only to the Alpina B10 Bi-Turbo in terms of attainable top speed. It was even labeled “dangerously powerful” and “too powerful for its own good”, which was plainly not the case with most Opel cars. Lotus added a fair share of upgrades to keep it in a drivable shape, reworking the brakes, the suspension and the body kit. It also swapped the wheels out for special ones.
The Carlton on sale right now has the chassis number 28 and 7,300 kilometers (4,536 miles) on the counter despite being three decades old. It has never left the garage in the past four years and is in an excellent condition, which might just about justify its asking price of £120,000 ($170,000 USD).
Editor Andrew Raspopov