Lotus doesn’t have much of a history in sedans, but during its time as General Motors company, it gave the world the Carlton. Based on the Opel Omega, the Carlton was GM Europe engineering with Lotus’ finesse. The car was also called the Opel Lotus Omega, Lotus Omega, and Vauxhall Lotus Omega.
The sport sedan boasted a Lotus-upgraded twin-turbo inline-six engine with 377 horsepower shared with the more common Opel engine. A six-speed manual transmission handled shifting duties. In the early 1990s, 377 hp was pretty mad for a sedan and the car quickly became another piece of forbidden fruit in the United States.
Opel planned to build 1,100 of the special Lotus cars, but a recession ultimately curbed demand. When production ended in 1992, only 950 cars rolled off the production line. By 1993, GM sold Lotus, but not before the company had a hand in another GM product: the C4 Corvette ZR-1 and its 5.7-liter LT5 DOHC V8 engine.