Lister Motor Company is to Jaguar what Brabus, Carlsson and Lorinser are to Mercedes-Benz; Schnitzer and Hamann to BMW; ABT to Audi; and Overfinch to Land Rover – an independent tuning firm specialising in go-faster cars, with the (cautious) blessing of the powers-that-be in Coventry.
Lister – the oldest racing car company in the UK with links with Jaguar spanning many decades – is renowned for its skill to create exclusive and luxurious, high-performance cars, as evidenced by the LFT-666 which is based on the Jaguar F-Type SVR coupé and the LFT-C convertible.
Now, the Cambridgeshire manufacturer has taken the wraps off the latest in a long line of stunning, hand-crafted and bespoke products – the Stealth, Britain’s fastest and most powerful SUV based on the already highly dynamic Jaguar F-Pace SVR.
ALL ABOUT SPEED
With mind-blowing power and speed, the Stealth enhances the Lister reputation even further, and to claim the title of “Britain’s fastest SUV” the 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine of the SVR was thoroughly reworked by Lister’s team of highly experienced engineers.
They set to work on the engine and cooling system with a custom-built intercooler, high-performance air filtration system and upgraded dual supercharger pulleys to ensure it delivers an outstanding 497 kW and 881 Nm of torque – a 22% increase over the standard car.
The Stealth accelerates with the same urgency as a modern supercar and reaches a top speed of 314 km/h. It sprints from 0-100 km/h in a mere 3.7 seconds, making it the fastest-accelerating SUV Britain has ever produced – as recently proven after the Stealth beat the Lamborghini Urus, Aston Martin Vantage and McLaren 570 GT in a drag race at the renowned VMAX200 testing ground.
Much like specials from Brabus and Hamann, the Lister Stealth showcases its intent with some bold and brash handcrafted bodywork enhancements, including a redesigned carbon fibre front bumper with two huge air intakes, a large carbon fibre rear diffuser in the sculpted rear bumper, matching side skirts and wider wheel arches.
A custom-designed stainless-steel exhaust system with carbon fibre tips gives the Stealth an unmistakable, thunderous soundtrack and uprated brakes front and rear ensure the latest Lister derivative stops as well as it accelerates. Bespoke, Lister-designed 23” Vossen wheels complete the exterior look.
Inside, no expense was spared. The Stealth’s sumptuous interior features highest-grade Bridge of Weir Nappa leather tailored to every customer’s specifications. Up to 36 individual colour choices are available with a further 90 different stitching options.
With only 100 examples earmarked for production worldwide, exclusivity is guaranteed. Pricing for the Stealth starts from an eye-watering R2,375 million (including a seven-year warranty) for what Lister claims is the ultimate expression of luxury, practicality and performance.
Report by FERDI DE VOS | Images © LISTER MOTOR COMPANY