Lister Motor Company, Britain’s oldest racing car company, has taken the wraps off what will be the country’s fastest and most powerful SUV. To be called the Lister Stealth, it is based on the Jaguar F-PACE SVR and has received upgrades the boost engine output and overall performance significantly.
As with all Lister models, exclusivity is guaranteed. Just 100 units will be available, each priced from £109,950 (about RM603,000), about 47% more than the F-PACE SVR in the UK showrooms.
A company with lineage spanning nearly 7 decades, Lister is well known for such products. It has earlier developed the Jaguar F-TYPE SVR-based LFT-666 coupe and LFT-C convertible. Now, it is using the same expertise to develop the Stealth to claim the title of Britain’s fastest SUV.
Upgraded V8 engine
To achieve that required a thorough upgrade of the 5-litre supercharged V8 engine that comes in the production F-PACE SVR. The company’s team of highly experienced engineers set to work on the engine and cooling system to push its power level to 666 bhp/720 Nm – a 22% increase over the standard Jaguar.
The process began with a custom-built intercooler and high-performance air filtration system for optimising combustion temperatures and airflow into the unit. Upgraded dual supercharger pulleys have the cumulative effect of forcing more air into the combustion chamber for exceptional levels of performance for this vehicle segment.
Like in the LFT-666 and LFT-C, Lister’s Engineering Team applied the brand’s proprietary Lister Engine Management System to the Stealth, modifying the programme mapping throughout the process to exploit the Stealth’s full capabilities.
The 5-seater Stealth will accelerate with the same urgency as a modern supercar and keep on going to its top speed claimed to be about 315 km/h. On the way there from standstill, it is said to pass 96 km/h within 3.6 seconds. These numbers would make it not only the fastest accelerating SUV Britain has ever produced but also the most powerful to date.
The Stealth adds proof to its claim of being Britain’s fastest SUV after recently beating rival super SUVs – the Lamborghini Urus, Aston Martin DBX and Bentley Bentayga – in a drag race at the renowned testing ground, VMAX200.
Handmade bodywork enhancements
The Lister Stealth showcases its intent with a number of handmade bodywork enhancements that not only exude visual appeal but also contribute to the car’s aerodynamic performance and engine cooling.
The redesigned carbonfibre front bumper features two large air intakes to aid airflow into the engine, while the front splitter increases aerodynamic efficiency at speed while adding to the Stealth’s dynamic handling. Uprated brakes, front and rear, ensure the Stealth stops as well as it accelerates.
A large carbonfibre rear diffuser sits in the middle of an exclusively sculpted rear bumper, creating additional downforce in tandem with the front splitter. Lister has also fitted a custom-designed, stainless-steel exhaust system (complete with carbonfibre tips) delivering gains in overall power output – while generating an unmistakable and thunderous soundtrack.
Completing the distinctive exterior look are matching side skirts and wider wheel arches to give a purposeful stance. This is all complemented by bespoke, Lister-designed 23-inch Vossen forged wheels – the only element of the Stealth not made in the UK.
Extensive personalisation offered
Alongside performance, luxury is one of the hallmarks of every Lister model. The Stealth features the highest-grade Bridge of Weir Nappa leather interior that is tailored to every customer’s specification. Up to 36 individual colour choices are available with a further 90 different stitching options covering all aspects of the cabin from the seatbelts, sport seats, dashboard, steering wheel and roof lining. With this level of customisation available, each Lister will boast its own unique identity that’s truly personal to each owner.
“The launch of the Stealth continues our track record of creating bespoke, beautiful cars that major on performance, luxury and most of all owner and driver enjoyment, with a price point that significantly undercuts the competitors in this marketplace,” said Lawrence Whittaker, CEO of The Lister Motor Company.