195mph Lister Stealth is ‘Britain’s fastest SUV’

Published: 27 August 2020

► Lister Stealth is 666bhp SUV
► 0-60mph in 3.6sec, 650lb ft
► A Jaguar F-Pace on steroids 

The artist formerly known as the Lister Thunder and then the Lister LFP has finally been revealed in production guise as the Lister Stealth. By artist we mean modified Jaguar F-Pace, while by Stealth Lister is clearly having a good laugh – there’s not a whole lot stealthy about a bodykitted SUV with 666hp that’s rolling on 23-inch alloy wheels.

However, it is also very, very far from being all mouth and no trousers, as the Lister Stealth can apparently out-drag a McLaren 570 GT, let alone a Lamborghini Urus, and – given that kind of performance – costs from a relatively bargain price of £109,950.

What’s the story here?

Lister is ‘Britain’s oldest racing car company’ and has always been heavily associated with reworking Jaguar products. Having already successfully put its own modern twist on upgraded versions of the F-Type SVR – the Lister LFT-666 coupe and LFT-C convertible – the Stealth sees it giving a bit more life to the F-Pace SVR.

Lister Stealth - plugging mud, a very unlikely scenario

Accompanying that 666bhp in an effort to really trouble the drivetrain components is a decidedly chunky 650lb ft – both provided by an upgraded version of the SVR’s usual 5.0-litre supercharged V8.

Equipped with a new intercooler and high-performance ‘air filtration system’ (probably not just a cone filter from Halfords, then) to keep combustion temperatures sensible, plus new dual supercharger pulleys, stainless-steel exhaust and Lister’s own engine management system, the Stealth is said to deliver that 666hp ‘with ease’.

How fast is it?

Lister says it’s tested the Stealth at VMAX200 – one of those supercar top speed events – and seen it achieve 0-60mph in 3.6sec and a top speed of 195mph. This makes it ‘Britain’s fastest SUV,’ according to Lister CEO Lawrence Whittaker.

Lister Stealth - front view, driving, suspiciously photoshopped

As well as dusting a Urus and that 570 GT, Lister also saw off an Aston Martin Vantage as part of the process. So if you want a five-seater SUV that can genuinely embarrass a junior supercar away from the lights, this could be the machine for you.

Are those really 23-inch wheels?

Yep. They’re made specially for Lister by Miami-based Vossen, and are the only element of the Stealth creation process that isn’t built in the UK.

Lister Stealth - rear view, showing diffuser, 23-inch wheels and carbonfibre exhaust tips

The bespoke bodywork, for instance, is all described as ‘handmade’, and not only boosts the Lister’s appearance but also helps with the aerodynamics and the performance – examples of each claim  being the front splitter and the larger intakes in the front bumper. The carbon-finished rear diffuser is also said to be functional.

The front and rear brake upgrade sounds like a tremendous idea, while other visual updates include the carbonfibre exhaust tips, the side skirts and the wider wheel arches.

And on the inside?

‘No expense has been spared,’ we’re told.

Lister Stealth - interior showing dashboard, black leather with green stitching

Bridge of Weir Nappa leather is available in 36 different colours and there’s a choice of 90 different stitching styles, giving Stealth customers an outstanding degree of customisation.

So, it’s good value?

For the performance and finishing? Quite possibly. You also get a seven-year warranty – backed by Warrantywise – and exclusivity: Lister plans to build just 100 Stealths in total.

That £109,950 starting price compares well to any equivalent rival, too.

By CJ Hubbard

Former CAR magazine associate editor, road tester, organiser, extremely variable average wheel count

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