|Lotus Carlton '90|
|Appears in||Gran Turismo 4|
Gran Turismo PSP
Gran Turismo 5
Gran Turismo 6
|Type in GT5||ST|
|Interior in GT6||Simple|
|Max Power||364 BHP|
|Performance Points||472 PP|
|Weight||1,655 kilograms (3,650 lb)|
|Power/Weight Ratio||4.55 kg (10.0 lb) per horsepower|
"Dubbed the world's fastest 4-door saloon in 1989."
It's a question that could come up on a quiz show, "What was the world's fastest sedan in 1989?" Chances are you'd get it wrong because it was actually the Lotus Carlton. You wouldn't guess it by just looking at it, but this benign 4-door had the heart of a beast.
The Lotus Carlton was based on the Vauxhall Carlton 3.0 GSi 24V, the British version of the Opel Omega. In order to develop this mass-production family sedan into a machine capable of taking on the likes of the BMW M5 and Mercedes E500, Vauxhall entrusted the development of the high-performance version to its neighbors at Lotus.
Lotus engineers virtually rebuilt the Carlton from the ground up. The displacement of the car's 3.0-liter inline-6 was increased to 3.6 liters. Also, they swapped the pistons and crankshaft, converted the engine head to a 4-valves-per-cylinder design, and bolted on two Garrett T25 turbochargers. The normal 5-speed manual gearbox was changed to the same 6-speed manual used in the Corvette ZR1. The result was 376 HP and 411.1 ft-lb of torque. Combine that with its 1,655-kg curb weight, and you had a car that went from zero to 62 mph in 4.9 seconds, dashed to the 1,312.3 ft (400m) mark in 13.5 and boasted a top speed of 175 mph. The suspension system was improved, too, enabling the car to corner as efficiently as it went straight.
This car can be bought at the Used Car Showroom (Early '90s) for around 28,500 Credits. The exact price of the car may vary depending on the mileage.
This car can be purchased for 81,490 Credits.
As a Standard car, the Lotus Carlton '90 can be purchased from the Used Car Dealership for 60,391 Credits. It is a Level 7 car.
This car can be purchased for 81,490 Credits. It is a simplified car.