The Lister Thunder Is A Jaguar F-Type-Based Sports Car With 666-HP

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Lister will be lifting the wraps off its new F-Type based sports car early next year.

British automaker Lister recently made a triumphant return to building cars by reviving the Knobbly in a limited run of 10 continuation road legal models based on the legendary 1950s D-Type Le Mans racecar. Shown in a series of new teaser images, Lister has also been working on a new sports car for the 21st century known as the Thunder for the last two years. Autocar has now confirmed our suspicions that the Thunder is based on the Jaguar F-Type coupe and will be revealed in January 2018.

It promises to be quite a comeback too, as Lister has extensively rebuilt the F-Type's supercharged 5.0-liter V8 to produce a whopping 666 horsepower. This devilish power allows the Lister Thunder to accelerate from 0-62 mph in 3.2 seconds and reach a top speed of 208 mph. For comparison, that easily beats Jaguar's range-topping F-Type SVR, which has 567 hp on tap and can sprint from 0-62 mph in 3.7 seconds. Other modifications made to the F-Type-based Thunder include a new suspension setup to enhance the sports car's agility and traces of Lister green paint applied to the exterior.

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Lister's head of sales and marketing Rory McDonnell also confirmed that the Thunder will feature a luxurious interior with Nappa leather-wrapped seats. The Thunder marks the brand's first step towards achieving its goal of becoming a new carmaker. Lister's CEO Lawrence Whittaker also has aspirations to build a hypercar capable of hitting 0-62 mph in under three seconds and reaching a top speed of 250 mph. Lister's last new road car was a homologation model of the '90s Storm racecar packing a reworked version of the Jaguar XJR's V12 engine. Its modern-day successor sounds very promising, so we'll be keeping a close eye on the Lister Thunder's developments in the run up to its reveal next month.


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