Lotus, the company founded by Sir Colin Chapman, is both a sports car brand and a renowned design office. Lotus has real expertise in sports cars.
When the pundits of General Motors come knocking on the door of the English pharmacy, it is to give a little sex appeal to an Opel Omega combining an appearance that is far too serious and mechanics lacking in nobility in the face of rivals BMW or Mercedes. -Benz.
An explosive Omega
In Rüsselsheim, at the headquarters of Opel, the idea of an Omega reviewed and corrected by Lotus was validated. You have to strike a blow and get out a real sports car. We must give Opel a fun image.
On the side of Lotus, we are determined to take up the challenge and save the Opel soldier. We are used to this kind of transformations, since the Talbot Sunbeam Lotus or Ford Cortina Lotus. But with the Opel, the specifications seem much freer.
Lotus starts by giving the Omega an impressive body kit with big rims, a huge spoiler, revised bumpers and fender flares. The car is transformed. And that’s just the beginning.
But it is under the hood that Lotus engineers are expected at the turn. During its stay in England, the six-cylinder in-line 24-valve engine will undergo a course of hormones. It receives a crankshaft with revised and polished connecting rods, the engine capacity increases to 3.6 liters, but above all the beast receives a double turbo Garett T25.
The result is breathtaking. With 557 Nm of torque at 4200 rpm and a power of 376 hp at 5200 rpm, the Opel Omega is capable of tackling the best sports cars of the time, starting with the Ferrari Testarossa or Porsche 911 Turbo . To cash in on that power, the Lotus Omega shares its six-speed manual ZF gearbox with the Corvette ZR1.
Inside, only the Lotus logo betrays the special status of this Omega. There is nevertheless a speedometer graduated up to 300 km/h. The top speed claimed by this fighter plane reaches 284 km/h chrono! A record for a sedan at the time.
The 0 to 100 km/h is reached in 5.8 seconds. To slow down such cavalry, the entire braking system has been revised with the presence of Bosch ABS and four large 330 mm diameter ventilated discs.
A real collector
During its presentation, the Lotus Omega surprises and offers itself the luxury of becoming the fastest sedan in the world. But prejudices die hard, and even if the Omega benefits from the Lotus name, it remains an Opel for the clientele of high-end sports cars.
Only 950 Lotus Omega will be produced, including 284 right-hand drive Vauxhall Lotus Carlton and only 59 examples in France. In 1991, the car was displayed at the price of 550,000 F. Finding one in good condition today is a miracle.