remember this car was designed and built at a time when car manufacturers were still pushing the boundries of performance, not that long before it the F40 had stamped its mark, followed by the Maclaren F1, all the carton did was take the principle and execute it in what was a mundane 4 door saloon, however the engineering that took it from being a mundane 4 door saloon to the worlds fastest 4 door saloon was massive......
For me it is sub zero not because of its speed, but what it is as a complete unit, it was the last of the 'bonkers' saloon cars, after this they were sanitised with speed limiters and the likes of, also its looks were slightly off the wall as well with a degree of aggression as well, yes it had the basic outline of a carlton but that's where it ended, and it is one of the few 'collectible' european GM cars as well
as a slight thread divert, what is people's issues with Vauxhall? having worked for them for many years they appear to be no better or worse than any other car manufacturer, through the likes of the burberry brigade they now have a rep for producing cars that are slightly chavvy, but remember they are shifting more cars than Alfa, so must be doing something right, in addition Vauxhall/Opel are one of the few profit making sides of the GM operation.
as a final comment, the Lotus Carlton was actually Opel designed and built, the chassis plates and all documentation was marked Adam Opel, the badge was the only reference to Vauxhall.
In order to fully appreciate it you have got to drive it.....the sight of a Porsche owner going backwards in your rear view mirror when you have 4 hairy arsed mechanics sat in the car with you is one i will never forget........the rolloking afterwards from the service manager was something else.....the guy we had just blown away on the M55 in the Porsche........was the Lotus Carlton owner, he was gutted to see his car disappearing into the distance