Lister Motor Company has unveiled its latest creation, based on the Jaguar F-Type.
Dubbed the Thunder, it’s powered by a 5.0-litre supercharged V8 producing 666hp (497kW). No, that’s not an accident and yes, it’s the number of the beast.
The engine is based on the standard supercharged F-Type V8, but Lister has fitted upgraded supercharger pulleys, custom intercoolers, a better air filtration system and a unique engine management system.
Along with that devilish power output, the modifications deliver 976Nm of torque. That’s 276Nm more than the factory F-Type SVR makes, and helps shoot the Thunder to 60mph (0-97km/h) in just 3.2 seconds, on the way to a 335km/h top speed.
Styling changes are led by the extended splitter, new bonnet vents and reworked grille at the front, while the rear end now wears a unique bumper and fat carbon-fibre exhaust tips. Given the name, anything less than a thunderous exhaust note will be a disappointment.
The exterior is finished in classic Lister green-and-yellow, complete with decals and brake callipers to match.
Changes continue behind the wheel, where the seats and dash are trimmed in Bridge of Weir leather with 36 different colour options. Lister badges have been stitched into the headrests, while the pattern of the stitching matches the grille. Speaking of stitching, the interior colour scheme can be set to match the look of the exterior if you desire.
Beyond the (impressive) performance figures, Lister isn’t revealing information about the Thunder’s chassis tune – that’ll have to wait until the full reveal in London.
“Like Brabus and AMG with Mercedes and Alpina with BMW, we are hoping to become synonymous once again with tuning Jaguar vehicles, giving customers new enhanced, bespoke performance and design alternatives to Jaguar’s acclaimed model programme,” said Lawrence Whittaker, Lister CEO. We’d be interested to hear what Jaguar Land Rover has to say about that, given its investment in SVO.
“Although we are not directly affiliated with Jaguar Land Rover, Lister has a Jaguar tuning heritage dating back 65 years. Our new Lister Thunder is the fastest and most powerful Lister ever created with a 208mph top speed and 0-100[mph] time of just 6.8 seconds. I am utterly proud of what we have achieved, and the Thunder is just the beginning!”
Just 99 examples of the Thunder will be built, with prices starting £139,950 ($247,000). Lister will also offer a carbon-fibre bodykit for existing F-Type owners, priced from £19,950 ($35,200).