2018 Lister LFT-666
Although it was revealed in prototype form at the beginning of the year, the Lister Thunder is no more. Say hello to the Lister LFT-666. The Thunder - a Lister tuned F-Type is renamed to LFT-666 to better fall in line with the future products that will spawn from the revived British car company. As it turns out, Lister is on the way to become an exclusive tuner of Jaguar cars. I wouldn’t be surprised if they do something like Polestar did with Volvo. Nevertheless, the company is still in its infancy, but if we are to judge by the first car they revealed, Lister will be a blast.
Lister Motor Company, Lawrence Whittaker, CEO says, “Over the past six months the Lister Motor Company has been working hard on developing our Tuning Division, starting with modifying the Jaguar F-Type. Originally, we named the prototype the Lister ‘Thunder’, however, due to future model lineage, all 99-production models will now be known as the Lister LFT-666, a befitting title and one where an intrigued passer-by instantly knows the brake horsepower of each Lister model.”
Although revealed only in the prototype form, Lister received a record number of orders for the Thunder (now the LFT-666). Finally, the company released a lot more info about it and let me tell you right away - it’s an awesome car.
Restoration: The Beautiful 1974 Jaguar E-Type Series 3
Restorations are always fun; the beauty of retro aligning with the technology of today, the old-school interiors getting a touch of modern material. While car lovers take this up as a task and do it themselves, there are professional companies which also do it. One such company is E-type UK, which specializes in restoring only the Jaguar E-Type models. This time around, they have restored a 1974 Jaguar E-Type Series 3.
The Lister Thunder Gets A Name Makeover, You Can Now Start Calling it The LFT-666
We previously knew it as the Thunder, but British sports car company Lister is renaming its Jaguar F-Type-based supercar with a somewhat more appropriate name that reflects its capabilities. So instead of the Lister Thunder, we’re going to have to get used to calling this beast the LFT-666. The model isn’t entirely new; in fact, we’ve discussed it a few times the past, most recently in June 2018. But, apparently, a lot has changed since June 2018. The Lister Thunder now goes by a different and far more fitting name.
2018 Lister Thunder
Established in 1954 as a race car manufacturer, Lister became famous when it won the 1957 British Empire Trophy with a heavily modified Jaguar D-Type, affectionately known as the Lister Knobbly. In the 1990s, Lister launched the Storm, a V-12 coupe that was sold as both a road car and an FIA-spec race car. The company returned to the market with an anniversary version of the original Lister Knobbly in 2014, including a tribute model for Sir Stirling Moss. Come 2018 and Lister launched the Storm, a modern sports car based on the already famous Jaguar F-Type.
Just like in the good old days, Lister once again chose a Jaguar as a base for its sports. But unlike the Storm, which featured a unique body over a Jaguar drivetrain, the Thunder looks almost identical to the F-Type. The body did get a few changes, but the big news is that Lister retuned the supercharged, 5.0-liter V-8 engine to deliver in excess of 600 horsepower, a feat you can’t get from the factory. What other features make the Thunder stand out? Find out in the review below.
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We May Not Have a Jaguar XE SVR in Our Lives, But Arden’s Program Comes Pretty Darn Close
Well-known Jaguar tuner, Arden, has announced a tuning program that serves as an excellent alternative to the non-existent Jaguar XE SVR by tuning the XE S to deliver 463 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque. You may have shed tears when Jaguar proclaimed that it had no plans to build an XE SVR, but now you can officially wipe away those tears once and for all.
Despite Technological Advances, Jaguar Aims to Always Produce True Driver-Oriented Sports Cars
Just because autonomous cars are expected to become daily drivers for a lot of people one day, that doesn’t mean traditional, performance-driven cars are going to become obsolete in the future. That’s the sentiment expressed by Jaguar Land Rover’s head of product strategy, Hanno Kirner. According to Kirner, enthusiast-centric cars could still thrive amidst the changing landscape of the industry, largely because interest in them will never go away.
Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Leave the Royal Wedding in Style with an Electric Jaguar E-Type
Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the last few weeks, you’ve undoubtedly been inundated with coverage of the royal wedding. But don’t worry - we aren’t here to analyze Meghan’s dress or the contents of the goodie bags handed out to guests. No, we’d prefer to talk about that surprisingly quiet E-Type that whisked the happy couple off to the royal reception.
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Racing Legends Rate Project 8 a 10
If you wanna test your performance machine properly, you’re gonna need a racing driver or two. And that’s exactly what Jaguar did with its new XE SV Project 8, putting the pumped-up four-door through its paces at the Goodwood Motor Circuit last month. The results were captured in the following short video.
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Jaguar Plans To Cook Up The Project 9; It Just Doesn’t Know What It’s Going to Be
Following the success of the Jaguar Project 7 and Project 8, Jaguar’s Special Vehicle Operations is already working on its latest creation. Nothing is known about the car at the moment, but John Edwards, the boss of SVO, said that it’s coming. That should be good news to those who were left out on getting the F-Type based Project 7 when it was released in 2014 and the XE-based Project 8, which arrived last year.
Jaguar Drops Plans for an XE SVR, Leaving the Project 8 as the only XE to Sport a V-8 Engine
Despite all the rumors that it was going to happen, Jaguar is not building the V-8-powered XE SVR. The supposed model was generating a lot of hype because of all the speculation surrounding it, but a new report from Car and Driver is popping that balloon. The Jaguar XE SVR is not happening, folks. That leaves the limited run XE Project 8 as the only XE model to feature a V-8 engine.
Jaguar R Models are Being Cannibalized by SVR Models
The future of Jaguar’s R models is in jeopardy, and the biggest culprit of its uncertain future could be the model that’s sitting above it. A report from Auto Express revealed that Jaguar ‘R’ models will likely be discontinued because of the presence of the ’SVR’ models that sit above them. Apparently, the British automaker is now feeling the effects of one model cannibalizing the sales of another. It took longer than expected for Jag to realize this, but, hey, better late than never.
The Jaguar F-Pace SVR Just Rendered the Upcoming BMW X3 M Obsolete
Do you remember how long it’s been since BMW enthusiasts have been asking for an M version of the X3? Me neither. Yes, it’s been that long. Heck, the X3 nameplate goes back to 2003, and I’m pretty sure that demand for an M model began to gain traction as soon as BMW launched the X5 M in 2010. So that’s at least eight years. Well, BMW finally confirmed that an X3 M will happen within the current generation, but I’m starting to think that BMW should give up on that idea. And the reason for that is called the Jaguar F-Pace SVR.
The Jaguar F-Pace SVR Will Make You Forget about the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 and the Upcoming BMW X3 M
Rumored to be in the works ever since Jaguar launched the F-Pace in 2016, the SVR version finally made its debut at the 2018 New York Auto Show. The company’s first ever high-performance SUV, the F-Pace SVR comes to challenge the Mercedes-AMG GLC63 S and the upcoming BMW X3 M.
Jaguar is Set to Rattle the BMW X5 M and Porsche Cayenne S with the F-Pace SVR in New York
Jag introduced its first-ever SUV, also known as the F-Pace, at the Detroit Auto Show in 2015, bringing head-turning British good looks, high-end luxury, and a decent wallop under the hood as well. Now, there’s even more performance hotness on deck, as rumor has it Jag is gearing up for the reveal of the go-faster F-Pace SVR at the 2018 New York International Auto Show, bringing along more power, new styling, and other tuned-up goodies to match the badge on the trunk.
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Confirmed: Jaguar SVO Will Get its Hands on Jaguar’s EVs; an I-Pace SVR Could be in the Cards
The I-Pace is Jaguar’s first EV and, despite the fact that it’s barely been released from the incubator, the folks over Jaguar Special Vehicle Operations are itching like crackheads to get their hands on it. SVO boss, John Edwards told Motoring that a high-performance version of an EV wouldn’t be easy but not that it’s impossible. And, that it’s not all about performance, it could extend to luxury and comfort as well. And, to add the icing to the cake, it’s quite possible that the could wear SVR badges.