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The Lister Thunder is a lightning-quick Jaguar F-Type

Lister Thunder

Lister will launch the fastest, most powerful and luxurious car it has ever built at next month’s Historic Motorsport International, staged at London’s ExCeL.

The Jaguar F-Type-based Lister Thunder uses the showroom 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine to deliver a devilish 666bhp, enough to send the firm’s first modern-day road car since the Storm of 1993 to a top speed of 208mph. The 0-62mph sprint is polished off in just 3.2 seconds.

It won’t come cheap: Lister is asking £139,950 for the thunderous F-Type, and the Cambridgeshire-based company will build just 99 examples. Lister hopes to use its heritage and cars like the Thunder to become synonymous with tuned Jaguars.

Lawrence Whittaker, CEO of Lister Motor Company, said: “Like Brabus and AMG with Mercedes and Alpina with BMW, we are hoping to become synonymous once again with tuning Jaguar vehicles, giving customers new enhanced, bespoke performance and design alternatives to Jaguar’s acclaimed model programme.

“Although we are not directly affiliated with Jaguar Land Rover, Lister has a Jaguar tuning heritage dating back 65 years. Our new Lister Thunder is the fastest and most powerful Lister ever created, with a 208mph top speed and 0-100 time of just 6.8 seconds. I am utterly proud of what we have achieved, and the Thunder is just the beginning!”

The firm already builds continuation models at its factory in Cambridge, including the Stirling Moss Edition: an exact replica of the super-lightweight Lister Knobbly driven to victory by Moss at Silverstone in 1958. But the Thunder is more in-line with the V12-engined Storm of 1993 and the Le Mans of 1986.

Lister Storm

Lister will release the full specification of the Thunder at the car’s unveiling in February, but the company has confirmed some details. The carbon fibre front bumper is custom-made and includes an extended splitter for added downforce. Lister vents adorn the bonnet, while the grille centre, decals and callipers match the customer’s desired interior combination.

The rear bumper is also carbon fibre and houses enlarged carbon exhaust tips that are said to deliver a “thundery note when pressed”. The rear badge is made from solid brass and chromed, presumably because that’s what customers expect from their 208mph F-Type.

The Thunder’s cabin is finished in Bridge of Weir Nappa leather, available in 36 colours, with Lister logos stitched into the headrests and seat pattern, matching the front grille.

Lawrence Whittaker has high hopes for the future, saying: “We came to the inaugural ExCel show last year and it was one of the best shows we have attended, quickly selling a new Knobbly whilst on the stand!

“That is why we have chosen this year’s follow-up event at ExCel to launch the exciting new Lister Thunder, which will mark the first car from our revised Jaguar tuning programme.”

What else can we expect from Lister? With the popularity of crossovers and SUVs, would tuned versions of the F-Pace and E-Pace be a stretch for a brand steeped in motorsport history? Don’t bet against it.

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New four-cylinder Jaguar F-Type breaks cover

Jaguar F-Type four-cylinderJaguar has an F-Type surprise – a new four-cylinder turbo model that’s claimed to be the sportiest, most purist-pleasing F-Type yet launched. Producing 300hp, it hits 62mph in 5.7 seconds, but is also the greenest F-Type yet, with average fuel economy of 39.2mpg – 16 percent better than the 340hp V6.

Crucially, it brings the entry-level cost of the F-Type down. For the first time, Jaguar’s junior sports car costs less than £50,000 (the current cheapest model is £52,265). It doesn’t replace the existing V6 and V8 models, but sits below them, making the F-Type “more accessible than ever”.

And more dynamic than ever? The 300hp four-cylinder F-Type is 52kg lighter than the V6, and that weight has mainly been taken off the front axle. Jaguar is promising this gives it “even greater steering response, body control and ride comfort”. And a choice of two centre-exit active exhausts means it even sounds good, reckons the firm. What’s not to like from this entry-level alternative to a Porsche 718 Cayman?

Jaguar F-Type four-cylinder engineJaguar F-Type four-cylinder

The new engine is part of the Ingenium family. We’re familiar with the diesels, and now 200hp and 250hp petrol versions are rolling out. This 300hp is the range-topper, and boasts some fancy technology as part of its power boost.

It has a twin-scroll turbo, direct injection and electrohydraulic intake valve actuation with “patented control algorithms”. It also boasts JLR’s first exhaust manifold fully integrated into the cylinder head, plus ceramic ball bearings in the turbo to ensure it responds as quickly as possible.

Reflecting its sportier focus, Jaguar is only offering the engine on rear-wheel-drive F-Types, all fitted with a bespoke-tuned eight-speed automatic gearbox. The firm hasn’t bothered to engineer the manual ’box as offered on the V6s, presumably because of low demand.

We’re expecting a very flexible engine, as peak torque of 295lb ft is produced at a diesel-like 1,500rpm, and held at that level round to 4,500rpm. The 1997cc engine’s peak power comes in at 5,500rpm.Jaguar F-Type four-cylinder

Taking 52kg out of the mass – it now tips the scales at 1,525kg – has moved overall weight distribution one percent rearwards. Because corner weights are lower, Jaguar’s been able to reduce front spring rates by four percent and rear spring rates by 3 percent, for a better ride. Knowledge from developing the SVR has been fed back into the bespoke monotube dampers.

Jaguar has even given the electric power steering a unique calibration – again to make the most of the reduced nose weight. We’re being promised more tactility and feedback, which can’t be a bad thing. JLR driving guru Mike Cross says the four-pot F-Type is even more engaging and rewarding, better balanced, more connected and more comfortable.

“Enthusiasts will want to drive this car; this is a true F-Type, with its own unique character.” Chief product engineer Erol Mustafa was equally positive: “I like to think of it as the feisty younger brother of the V6 and V8 models.”

New Jaguar F-Type model rangeJaguar F-Type four-cylinder

It’s absolutely no coincidence that the F-Type 300hp 2.0-litre turbo slots in at £49,900 in base coupe guise. There’s also an R-Dynamic version, with 19-inch alloys instead of the likely-preferable lightweight 18-inch wheels of the base model.

It doesn’t replace the 340hp 3.0-litre V6, which is offered in rear-wheel-drive guise alongside the 380hp V6 in either rear- or all-wheel drive. As part of the 2018 model updates, you can also get a bespoke-tune 400hp F-Type 400 Sport V6, plus 550hp R and 575hp SVR V8 models. Naturally, there’s also the coupe or convertible.

The intriguing new four-cylinder F-Type goes on sale in spring 2017. We’re already anticipating perhaps the closest challenge Porsche’s 718 Cayman and Boxster have yet faced.

Jaguar F-Type Project 7

David Beckham buys limited-edition Jaguar Project 7

Jaguar F-Type Project 7

David Beckham has bought himself a rather special Christmas present: a Jaguar F-Type Project 7.

The former England footballer splashed out £135,000 on one of 250 Project 7 roadsters. That’s a hefty £43,000 more than the F-Type V8 R Convertible on which the car – a product of Jaguar’s new SVO performance division – is based. However, it’s safe to assume the Project 7 will become a collectors’ item in future.

The Project 7’s 5.0-litre V8 engine gets a power boost from 550hp to 575hp. That’s sufficient for 0-62mph in 3.9 seconds and a (limited) top speed of 186mph. It also has stiffer anti-roll bars, stickier tyres and standard carbon-ceramic brakes.

Jaguar F-Type Project 7

In common with other F-Types, though, the Project 7 has just two seats. So David will have to leave his four children at home.

Beckham works as a brand ambassador for Jaguar Land Rover, so it’s not known if he paid full-price for his limited-edition F-Type. The car joins his eclectic collection, which includes a Cadillac Escalade and a Ferrari 612 Scaglietti.

The F-Type Project 7 has now sold out, but don’t worry if you missed it. A similarly potent F-Type SVR is in the pipeline – with four-wheel-drive for potentially even quicker acceleration. Add it to your 2016 Christmas list now…

Jaguar F-Type Coupe AWD 16MY

Jaguar F-Type range doubles up for 2015 with new tech

Jaguar F-Type Coupe AWD 16MYJaguar has swelled the F-Type model range from six cars to 14 for 2015 with the launch of all-wheel drive and manual gearbox options. Read more

Jaguar F-TYPE Bloodhound SSC

Jaguar reveals F-Type R Bloodhound SSC special

Jaguar F-TYPE Bloodhound SSCJaguar will debut a new F-Type R AWD Bloodhound SSC Rapid Response Vehicle at Coventry MotoFest later this month.

The 550hp supercharged F-Type Coupe will be one of the support vehicles for the Bloodhound SSC World Land Speed Record attempt – and actually shares an engine with Bloodhound SSC.

The 1,000mph target speed record car uses Jaguar’s 5.0-litre V8 to power its hydraulic services and power its rocket fuel oxidisers pump.

Created by Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations, the special F-Type wears a Bloodhound SSC livery from Jaguar Design.

Jaguar is not revealing any more about the Bloodhound SSC support car at this stage though, preferring to save final details for a rare world debut in the heart of Coventry.

Coventry MotoFest 2015

Held on 30 and 31 May, Coventry MotoFest celebrates the city’s automotive heritage and will see hundreds of special cars being showcased – in action as well as on static display: organisers have, remarkably, arranged for the city’s famous ring road to be closed off for high-speed demonstrations over the weekend.

The Bloodhound SSC Jaguar F-Type R will thus be showcased in hot laps around the ring road during the MotoFest weekend.

Jaguar will also show cars from its heritage fleet (freshly back from Mille Miglia 2015), including:

  • 1938 SS 100
  • 1956 Jaguar D-type Long Nose
  • 1966 Jaguar XJ13
  • 1974 Jaguar E-type Group 44
  • 1976 Jaguar XJ12 Coupe Broadspeed
  • 1988 Jaguar XJR-9 Le Mans winner (in action!)

Motoring Research will be at MotoFest in force throughout the weekend, and may even get a few hot laps in some of the exhibits. Be sure to say hello if you’re there!

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Jaguar F-Type Coupe data now LIVE on MR

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Jaguar has revealed prices and data for the much-anticipated new F-Type Coupe – and MR has it online in FULL.

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