Just before the holidays last year, Lister Cars announced that they will be releasing an all-new high-performance road car based off the Jaguar F-Type. Apparently, the mighty roadcar will come with a highly-tuned V8 that will produce more than 600 horsepower.
Fast forward to present day, Lister has officially unleashed their latest creation, the Thunder. It is set to make its official debut at the 2018 Historic Motorsport International and will only be limited to 99 examples.
Upon first glance, it appears the F-Type-based Thunder relatively remains the same exterior-wise. However, the company did mention that company CEO Lawrence Whittaker, personally oversaw the bespoke enhancements on the Thunder. Both the front and rear bumpers are now made from carbon fiber, with the former benefitting from an extended splitter for better downforce.
Meanwhile, the rear bumper comes with a unique design that delivers better airflow and also houses the huge carbon exhaust tips that give the car its thunderous burble.
Other exterior upgrades made for the Lister Thunder include: new lightweight alloy wheels, unique Lister badges and an optional carbon fiber hood. Lister is even offering a carbon fiber body kit upgrade for existing F-type models.
Open the doors and heaps of hand-stitched Nappa leather blanket the bucket seats, door panels, headlining, dashboard and steering wheel. According to Lister, the leather upholstery can be specified in 36 different hues and will come with contrast stitching to match the accents of the exterior.
As mentioned earlier, the Thunder is motivated by a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 that cranks out 675 PS. It can sprint from 0 – 100 km/h at just over three seconds and is capable of reaching speeds of over 320 km/h. Other details about the Thunder are still being kept under wraps as it has yet to make its public debut.
Whittaker hopes that the launch of the Thunder will help them re-establish as the tuning house known for making quick and powerful Jaguars.
“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. Although we are not directly affiliated with Jaguar Land Rover, Lister has a Jaguar tuning heritage dating back 65 years. I am utterly proud of what we have achieved, and the Thunder is just the beginning,” added Whittaker.