Autocar have just done a comparison of the Lotus Carlton Vs new 6.0l Monaro VXR. Simple test - 2 mile straight, enter straight in 2nd gear, nail them both at the same time and see which was fastest.
Apparently the Monaro took an immediate lead until the LCs turbos started to do their stuff. At which point it started to catch up, pulled past and continued to pull away until about 140-150. At this point aerodynamics really matter and the Monaro began to real the LC back in, eventually slowly passing it. Top speeds reached were 162 for the Monaro and 159 for the LC. Not bad for an oldie!!!
Interestingly though, the Monaro costs £11000 less than the LC cost in 1989 No wonder they had trouble selling them!!