Meet the world’s fastest SUV

Fresh off the unveiling the devilish, 666-horsepower Jaguar F-Type-based LFT-666, British tuner Lister is back with its next project, this time based on Jag’s resident SUV, the F-Pace. Called, the Lister LFP, this SUV was prepared and developed for one purpose: to become the fastest SUV in the world. Only 250 units of the Lister LFP will be made, each coming with a price tag of £140,000, or around $180,000 based on current exchange rates.

Exterior

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There are a few things to consider here. First, the Lister LFP is based on the Jaguar F-Pace. Second, Lister didn’t make wholesale changes to the F-Pace. The LFP still looks like the Jag SUV, albeit with a few upgrades. Those “upgrades” come in the form of aerodynamic enhancements.

Now, Lister hasn’t come out and announced specific details on what those aerodynamic changes are but, based on the photos of the SUV, we can tell that some custom touches were made on a number of components, including the bumpers, the fenders, and side skirts. You’ll also notice how massive those wheels are. Well, they’re not the standard size 18s anymore.

From the looks of it, the Lister LFP is wearing 21- or 22-inch wheels with bigger brakes peaking from out from behind them.

On the aesthetic front, the LFP in the glam shots is wearing a predominantly black paint finish with bright yellow accents spread throughout its body. The spoiler at the back is yellow, as are the brakes, the grille surrounds, and the doors. The LFP isn’t going to be offered in this color, though. Other renderings show the SUV wearing green, matched with the same yellow accents. Hopefully, more colors become available when Lister starts taking orders for the LFP SUV.

Interior

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Lister hasn’t announced the interior specs of the LFP SUV, so we don’t know how it’s going to look when we step inside it. We can, however, use the LFT-666 as a reference, for what that’s worth.

As you might expect, the words “custom” and “bespoke” were thrown around in talking about the interior upgrades of the LFT-666. There’s some truth to those words because fine leather was heavily used inside the custom-built Jag sports car. It covered the seats, dashboard, and just about every other surface inside the LFT-666.

Lister also added contrast stitching, creating a honeycomb-like visual on the seat and backrests. The company’s logo is also stitched on the headrest in the same green thread.

At the very least, we can expect those things to be included in the LFP SUV. Perhaps the green threads get the heave-ho, replaced by yellow threads to create a consistent two-tone look relative to the body color of the SUV.

Whatever the interior specs are, don’t think for one second that Lister isn’t going to dress the LFP up to the nines. That’s happening. It’s just a matter of how dressed up it’s going be.

Drivetrain

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This is where it gets interesting for the LFP SUV.

Lister didn’t say what kind of aftermarket wizardry it did to the F-Pace’s 5.0-liter supercharged V-8 engine, but the company did announce that the LFP will have 670 horsepower on tap.

That doesn’t quite reach the level of the 707-horsepower Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk for the title of most powerful SUV in the world, but it does beat out the output of a number of its rivals, including the 600-horsepower Bentley Bentayga, the 650-horsepower Lamborghini Urus, and most importantly, its sister from another mother, the 575-horsepower Range Rover Sport SVR. Lister didn’t say how much torque the LFP has, but if it gets a 120-horsepower improvement from the range-topping F-Pace SVR, there’s a good chance that the LFP is packing a lot of extra torque, as well.

So the LFP isn’t the most powerful SUV on earth. That’s not a big deal for the company because the LFP more than makes up for it in performance. According to Lister, the LFP is capable of sprinting from 0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds, neck-and-neck with the Urus and the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. That’s great, right? Well, it gets better.

The company also claims that the LFP can reach a top speed in excess of 200 mph. It doesn’t have the final figure out yet, but if it does exceed 200 mph, it would supplant the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk and the Lamborghini Urus for the title of “fastest SUV on earth.” For the record, the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk has a top speed of 175 mph while the Lamborghini Urus is paces — no pun intended — quicker at 190 mph.

Pricing

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Once again, specific details escape us because Lister hasn’t announced a lot about it yet. The price of the LFP is no different, though the company “estimates” that its limited-run SUV will start at around £140,000. If that’s the case, that converts to around $180,000 based on current exchange rates.

Now for some good news. The Lister LFP will be available for purchase in the U.S. and Canada, just like the LFP-666. Bad news? The company hasn’t zeroed in on the SUV’s price point on this side of the Atlantic. The waiting game continues.

Competition

Lamborghini Urus

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2019 Lamborghini Urus
Lambo’s first SUV since the LM002 was discontinued in 1993 with just 328 models produced

When you’re talking about super luxury SUVs, the Lamborghini Urus is the face of the segment. It’s a title that’s well-deserved, too. The Urus wasn’t really supposed to happen. Lamborghini initially brushed off the idea of developing an SUV, only to go the other way when the business case for one started making sense. It took a few years to develop, but when the Urus finally arrived last year, it ushered in a new segment of SUVs that were previously thought to be unicorns. Lamborghini looks notwithstanding, the Urus is powered by a front-mounted 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine that produces 650 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque. It’s capable of sprinting from 0 to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds before hitting a top speed of 190 mph. Impressed yet? Unfortunately, the Urus is still a Lamborghini, and it’s priced as such. Pricing in the U.S. starts at $200,000, but that number will rise considerably depending on what kind of options are thrown in.

Read our full review on the 2019 Lamborghini Urus.

Bentley Bentayga

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If the Lamborghini Urus is the face of super luxury SUVs with supercar-like performance numbers, the Bentley Bentayga is the face of super luxury SUVs with luxury-car-like amenities. You’re not going to go wrong on luxuries with a Bentley. It has everything you’d want in a luxury ride, including hand-crafted leather, as well as wood and metal trims. But the Bentayga is more than just its luxury reputation; it’s also a performance monster, capable of producing 600 horsepower and 640 pound-feet of torque from its 6.0-liter, twin-turbocharged, W-12. It doesn’t accelerate as fast as the Urus — 4.0 seconds from 0 to 60 mph — but it can keep pace, thanks in part to a top speed of 187 mph. Speaking of keeping pace, the Bentayga has no problem taking people’s money. The luxury SUV starts at just under $230,000, and that number will go up with options being thrown in.

Read our full review on the 2017 Bentley Bentayga.

Conclusion

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The Lister LFP is what happens when the Jaguar F-Pace ditches its Dr. Jekyll personality and reverts to being Mr. Hyde. It’s a monster in every sense of the word, the kind you don’t want to see in your rear-view mirror because it won’t be behind you for very long. Lister hasn’t revealed full details of the SUV, but from what we already know about it, the LFP is an SUV that’s going to be talked around for a long time. The fact that it’s also limited to just 250 units adds to its aura and mystique.

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Further reading

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Read our full review on the 2019 Jaguar F-Pace.

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• Hot in the broad tyre tracks of the fast-selling new Lister LFT-666 coupe confirmed last month, the 65-year old all-British specialist sports car maker - The Lister Motor Company - can now also confirm the recent rumours that it will soon be launching the world’s fastest SUV; the Lister LFP

• Full details of the new, bespoke Lister LFP are still under wraps, but key vital statistics can now be revealed…

• The Lister LFP will produce around 670bhp, with a top speed of 200 mph and an estimated 0-60 mph time of just 3.5 seconds, with extensive carbon fibre modifications helping to potentially make it the world’s fastest SUV

• Following great customer interest in this new monster killer SUV model, The Lister Motor Company is now taking advance orders for the LFP, with prices estimated to start from around £140,000.

• Lister - Britain’s oldest surviving racing car company - was named the fastest-growing firm in the UK’s competitive motor industry business sector in 2017, and for the first quarter of 2018, by leading independent financial analysis specialists, Plimsoll.

• Lister is now launching its Lister Tuning Division and moving into a dedicated new Lister Head Office in the North West of England.

With 670 bhp on tap, an estimated 0-60 mph acceleration time of just 3.5 seconds, and a 200 mph top speed, The Lister Motor Company’s new LFP is set to become the fastest SUV in the world, beating the performance of recently-launched SUVs from other well-known prestige car brands, with monster killer performance, faster than most supercars, never mind SUVs.

Set for full release in the coming weeks, Lister’s new LFP will follow the overwhelming success of the devilish LFT-666 coupe, launched earlier this year, and already becoming the fastest-selling model in the all-British specialist sports car maker’s 65-years of continuous history, with first customer deliveries due to commence in October.

Early prospective customer interest in the Lister LFP is already considerable, prompting the Company to open its order book now, ahead of the official reveal of the model, with pricing set to begin at around £140,000, and extensive carbon fibre modifications to help improve weight reduction and road holding. Final specifications will be confirmed in the coming weeks.

Commenting on the much-anticipated release of the bespoke new LFP model, Lawrence Whittaker, CEO of the Lister Motor Company, says “I am delighted, overwhelmed and gratified by the huge level of interest, excitement and orders our LFT-666 supercar has already generated in just a few months. Based on early indications, our new LFP promises to repeat the success of the LFT-666, and I really can’t wait to reveal the world’s fastest SUV quite soon.”

He adds “We kicked-off 2018 were we left 2017, as the UK’s fastest-growing company in the competitive motor industry business sector, according to leading independent financial analysis specialists, Plimsoll. Over the past six months the Lister Motor Company has been working very hard, developing our Tuning Division, starting with modifying the Jaguar F-Type, the Lister LFT-666, and setting up our new headquarters in Lancashire. The imminent release of our new monster killer LFP promises to see this healthy situation continue for the remainder of this year, and beyond.”

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