From big cats to old cats, there have been some stunning modified Jaguar models over the years.
Modified Jaguars are a rarity. There just aren't many tuning houses dedicated to the make. Jaguar hasn't reached the heights of BMW and Mercedes as a premium brand either, so high-performance interest has been limited since the advent of the E-Type. That doesn't mean Jaguar is ignored completely by tuners, though. And when they do dedicate themselves to Jaguar models, the results tend to be spectacular. These are our favorites from over the years.
The Lister Motor Company has a few entries in this list. The low-volume sports and race car maker has a history with Jaguar going back to the 1957 Lister-Jaguar race car, one of the original Lister Knobbly-era cars. In its modern iteration, Lister brought two heavily modified Jaguar models to the road. The Stealth is the latest, and is Lister's take on the Jaguar F-Pace SVR that debuted with a massive performance increase over the base crossover. The 5.0-liter Jaguar V8 is upgraded to make 666 horsepower and 649 lb-ft of torque using minimal mechanical updates and the brand's proprietary Lister Engine Management System. Its 0-60 mph sprint time of 3.6 seconds and 195 mph top speed make it second only to the ABT-tuned Audi RSQ8-R in the fastest SUV rankings.
The upgraded engine isn't the only trick up the Stealth's sleeve. It features upgraded aerodynamics and brakes, and is aesthetically improved by enormous 23-inch Vossen forged wheels. Inside, Lister has elevated the interior with Nappa leather in 36 color choices and 90 stitching options for those willing to drop $145,019 on the SUV.
Ian Callum is an automotive design legend, among his long list of highlights is the 2013 Jaguar F-Type. As a kid, he adored the MK2 Jaguar, a British icon that defined the idea of a sports sedan in the 1960s. As an adult, he reimagined the MK2 as the perfect car for both Callum as a child and Callum as a grown-up. It's a one-off model with a redesigned chassis that addresses the air-flow to the engine that the MK2 often struggled with when modified.
The suspension is bespoke to the car, and all the excess chrome is removed inside and outside. You can see Callum's love of hot rods in the design as well as his history with race cars. Under the hood is an original-but-rebuilt and bored-out twin-cam XK straight-six, and it rides on modern 17-inch split-rim wire wheels with body-colored spokes.
A German tuning house that specializes in British cars is a rarity. However, Arden has been in the game a long time and is an extensive source for Jaguar upgrades. The AJ3 Station Car was built in 1988 using a Jaguar XJS Coupe, and while not as well known as the Lynx shooting brake version of the XJS, we think it's far better looking. Only five were built, and each one included electrically adjustable Recaro seats with air cushioning on the inside. On the outside, it features an aerodynamic package, black anodized chrome parts, and Arden Triple-A wheels.
We first saw what the company could do to a Jaguar F-Type with the Lister LFT-666 and the engine modifications that later went into the Lister Stealth. The LFT-C is the convertible version and features bespoke carbon-fiber body panels that give the car an "increased visual presence and a more aerodynamic profile." Like the LFT-666, it rides on bespoke wheels, exhaust, and suspension, and includes an upgraded braking system. In short, it's a sports car tuned into a supercar. The LFT-C sprints from 0-62 mph in just over three seconds before topping out at 205 mph. That makes it faster than the 1995 Jaguar V12 powered Lister Storm Le Mans race car.
If there's an iconic Jaguar out there in need of a freshening up, it's the XJ220. While the collaboration between Jaguar and Tom Walkinshaw Racing showed what you could do with access to parts bins, the fastest production car in the world from 1992 to 1993 deserved something better than the taillights from the much-derided Rover 200. The little-known Bulgarian tuner Overdrive AD took a stab at bringing the XJ220 up to date back in 2013 - while retaining the parts-bin attitude - but with a complete revision of the engine and braking system. Most importantly, the Rover 200 lights were replaced with LED headlights and the taillights from a Ferrari 599, and liberal additions of carbon fiber were used inside and out.
The Jaguar F-Type was fast, particularly with its supercharged V8 under the hood. British tuning house VIP Design realized people will always want to go faster and created the F-Type Predator. It's available in 600 hp, 650 hp, or 670 hp configuration. They're all achieved using a mix of engine upgrades, including supercharger pulleys and custom tuning using Viezo software. On top of the extra power, the F-Type Predator is 20 mm lower than stock, and the suspension uses stiffer bushings. A carbon-fiber splitter and spoiler are also added as well as a new sports exhaust system. To give you an idea of VIP design's mentality, the exhaust system has two settings - loud and very loud.
The term "race car for the road" gets used pretty loosely, but the Arden Jaguar A-Type Lightweight RS took it as a literal direction. Based on the Jaguar XKR, the A-Type Lightweight RS is powered by a heavily modified 500 horsepower 4.5-liter V8 with an Arden exhaust system using specially manufactured catalytic converters. The aerodynamics and styling are altered subtly, barring the obvious rear wing. All the new body parts are created with weight-reducing compound plastics. The interior is based around a safety cell that also increases the rigidity of the body. The cabin is stripped out and uses Recaro bucket seats, but it's not left bare. There's plenty of leather and Alcantara found inside, though no door handles.
All the running gear is bespoke and includes small details like axle friction bearings made of Teflon and larger ones like six-piston fixed-calipers and inner-vented brake discs. The final setup of each model was built for the individual customers, and it could be serviced at Jaguar dealerships in Germany.
Lister gradually faded away from view after its roaring success in the 1950s and 1960s. The company's comeback car was a 200+ mph supercar based around the Jaguar XJS in 1986 and overseen by engineer and new owner Laurence Pearce. The XJS project's starting point was boring out the V12 engine out from 5.3 liters to 6.0, setting it up for a 0-60 mph time of 4.5 seconds. That made it faster than a Ferrari Testarossa. Then, in 1989, Lister created the twin-supercharged 7.0-liter Le Mans specification with 600 hp.
Only 25 owners out of 90 with a Lister-Jaguar XJS Le Mans got the 7.0-liter upgrade. Still, all 90 had the Jaguar slushy automatic transmission replaced with a five-speed manual Getrag unit, uprated steering, a suspension system with adjustable gas-filled Koni dampers, and a revised rear subframe arrangement. The Le Mans models also came with an aggressive body kit and 17-inch wheels. They measured 13-inches wide on the back and 10-inches wide on the front.