And here it was, the ultimate Vauxhall for the ultimate businessman in a hurry. The Senator might have been pure Carlton under the skin, but the imposing new body with cheese-cutter grille gave it a presence all of its own. So, its no wonder that traffic police took the big Vauxhall to their bosom, happy that they’d finally found a replacement for their ageing Rover SD1s. Digital dashboards were an acquired taste, and the 2.5-litre model was a little sluggish. Pick of the range is the 200bhp 24V model, which in manual form, will hit 150mph given a long enough run.
Price at launch:
Independent, MacPherson struts with damper cartridge, coil springs, anti-roll bar.
Independent, multi-link suspension system with progressive rate miniblock coil springs and telescopic gas pressure dampers, anti-roll bar.
Five-speed manual/Four-speed automatic