Ford Sierra Cosworth
The Ford Sierra Cosworth was a high-performance version of the Ford Sierra, produced from 1986 to 1992. It had a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produced 201 hp (150 kW) in the standard model and 224 hp (167 kW) in the RS500 model. It had a five-speed manual transmission, rear-wheel drive, and a distinctive rear spoiler. It could reach a top speed of 153 mph (246 km/h) and accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) in 6.2 seconds. It had a fuel consumption of 9.7 litres/100 km (29 mpg UK) and a CO2 emission of 246 g/km.
The Lotus Carlton was a high-performance version of the Vauxhall Carlton/Opel Omega, produced from 1990 to 1992. It had a 3.6-litre twin-turbocharged six-cylinder engine that produced 377 hp (281 kW) in the standard model. It had a six-speed manual transmission, rear-wheel drive, and a subtle body kit. It could reach a top speed of 176 mph (283 km/h) and accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) in 5.1 seconds. It had a fuel consumption of 17.6 mpg (16.1 L/100 km) and a CO2 emission of 377 g/km
Which was faster?
The Lotus Carlton was faster than the Sierra Cosworth. The Lotus Carlton had a top speed of 176 mph and could accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds1. The Sierra Cosworth had a top speed of 153 mph and could accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 6.2 seconds1. Both cars were based on more humble vehicles, but the Lotus Carlton had a more powerful engine with two turbochargers.
How much did they cost?
The prices of the Ford Sierra Cosworth and the Lotus Carlton vary depending on the condition, mileage, model, and rarity of the car. The Ford Sierra Cosworth sold for £19,950 when it was new in 1987, and the Lotus Carlton sold for £48,000 when it was new in 1990. Today, the Ford Sierra Cosworth can fetch between £5,000 and £100,000 plus depending on the specification and condition, while the Lotus Carlton can fetch between £38,000 and £72,000 depending on the mileage and condition. Both cars are considered classic and collectible, and their prices may increase over time.
Which would you buy?
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