New Lister Thunder packs 666bhp and 200mph+ top speed
If there's one thing Britain does better than any other country in the automotive world, it's niche – hundreds of boutique manufacturers litter our shores, producing ultra-low volume cars for enthusiasts. Lister is one such company, with a history of storied racers and incredible road cars.
Its latest product is ominously called the Thunder, and Lister calls it a spiritual successor to the Lister Le Mans of the early 1990s. But while that car was based on the Jaguar XJS Coupe, the Thunder is based on its modern successor – the F-Type.
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The Thunder offers a few outward changes from Jaguar's sporty coupe. There are new badges, while the front end receives a carbon fibre apron and extended front splitter. Bright green accents ring the grille, while the bonnet gains new vents.
Round the back, the Thunder sports carbon fibre exhaust tips and rear bumper while inside, customers can choose from 36 different colours of Nappa leather upholstery.
It's under the skin where the Thunder gets its real upgrades though, as Lister has tweaked the Jaguar's 5.0-litre V8 engine to produce an impressive 666bhp. Though the full specification won't be revealed until the car makes its official debut at the Historic Motorsport International show, the company has said that it will race to a top speed of 208mph, hitting 60mph on the way in just 3.1 seconds.
Only 99 examples of the Thunder will be built, each priced from £139,950 – though with a bespoke build like this, the sky is the limit when it comes to customisation.
Lawrence Whittaker, CEO of Lister, said: "Like Brabus 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.
"Lister has a Jaguar tuning heritage dating back 60 years and the new Lister Thunder is the fastest and most powerful Lister ever created with a 208mph top speed and 0-60 time of 3.1 seconds. We can't wait for the world to see it!"