Another storm is brewing.
25 years after the first Jaguar-powered Storm supercar was launched, Lister has announced plans to develop a successor. Shown in an official design sketch posted on Twitter by Company chief Lawrence Whittaker, the Lister Storm II has been previewed as a sleek supercar. Autocar reports that the Storm II could utilize a Jaguar-sourced, supercharged 7.8-liter V12 engine developing around 1,000 horsepower. “A glimpse into the future of Lister... the Storm II,” the CEO wrote.
According to the publication, there will be road-going and racing versions of the Storm II, but production is likely to be limited to just six cars per year. Each will carry a substantial price tag of around $2.78 million, but it isn’t clear if this will be the price for the road or track car. Lister is targeting a 0-62 mph time of less than three seconds for the Storm II and a top speed of over 250 mph. The Lister Storm II’s design echoes the Jaguar CX75 that sadly never made it into production, featuring a central fin, slim headlights, short overhangs, and aggressive side vents. Nothing is official at this point as Lister is still looking for investors to fund the project - hypercars aren't cheap to develop after all.
Still, there's a lot of potential here if the project does get off the ground. Since Lister was revived back in 2014, Whittaker has made it clear that his ultimate goal is to build a hypercar that revives the iconic Storm model name to take on the likes of Pagani, McLaren and Koenigsegg. If it enters production, the Storm II will follow the recently revealed 666-hp Lister Thunder based on the F-Type, and the yet-to-be-revealed F-Pace-based Lightning, which aims to overtake the Lamborghini Urus as the fastest SUV in the world. The original Lister Storm entered production in 1993 and was powered by a 7.0-liter V12 Jaguar engine.