Even people without deeper knowledge of British sports-car makers might recognize the name Lister. Originally founded by Brian Lister in 1954, the boutique manufacturer has produced some impressive and powerful machines over the years, including the Lister Storm that has been featured in the popular Gran Turismo video game series. Now the firm is releasing a new gentleman’s express onto public roads, and it’s quite a looker.
Based on the Jaguar F-Type, the new British bruiser is called the LFT-666. Lister’s newest road car is named after the number of horses residing under its aluminum hood and not—as one might suspect—because it’s devilishly fast.
Next to increasing the power output of the supercharged 5.0-liter Jaguar V8, the company has also managed to squeeze some more torque out of it, with a monumental 977Nm now trying to turn the rear wheels into dust. Controlled correctly, this should be enough force to propel the LFT-666 from zero to 100km/h in a mere 3.2 seconds, with the needle not stopping until it hits 335km/h. Mightily impressive figures for what is essentially a lounge on wheels.
Other changes to the original car include a carbon-fiber bodykit sporting a new front bumper, a new front splitter and a new rear diffuser, as well as huge 21-inch Vossen wheels. A new exhaust system adds a proper soundtrack to the madness, while an optional carbon-fiber hood—not a snip at £14,000 (P994,000) before tax—and various Lister-branded bits and pieces round out the pretty picture. Anyone wishing to raise hell behind the wheel of this machine is advised to hurry up, however, as only 99 units will be built, with each one customized to the wishes of the buyer.
With a base price of £116,625 (P8,282,000) before options and taxes, the new LFT-666 is actually quite reasonably priced for a supercar and will undoubtedly find many wealthy takers who can then tell all of their friends about the rich racing heritage of the brand over dinner. Sir Stirling Moss, Bruce Halford, Innes Ireland and Tiff Needell are just some of the noteworthy drivers who have commandeered Lister racing cars in the past, and it seems the company is very much alive and heading toward a speedy future. Already, plans are being circulated to create the world’s fastest SUV based on the Jaguar F-Pace. We’ll let you know when that time arrives.