RE: New Lister Knobbly confirmed for next year

RE: New Lister Knobbly confirmed for next year

Thursday 14th March

New Lister Knobbly confirmed for 2020

British firm reveals its modern take on the iconic '50s racer ahead of production



Looking for a good news story to come out of Britain today? Try this: Lister has confirmed that it will build a modern interpretation of the iconic Knobbly racer, and has revealed the car’s exterior design. The two-seat open-top model is due out next year with a low-set windscreen and hunched arches, just like the 1950s original with which Lister made its name. Gorgeous, no?

We’re yet to see any additional details, such as build numbers, price and what will power the machine. But for now let’s just be happy it’s coming to inject some classic prettiness into a world of high-tech track-focused performance cars. That being said, it’s not all old-school on the Lister, as is evident from the use of carbon fibre for the front splitter and side slats, a set of enormous wheels and what look to be LED headlights.


As such, we’re expecting there to be something very much from the 21st century under the bonnet. Lister’s longstanding ties with Jaguar suggests JLR’s new inline six could be used; it’d certainly fit the bill because the original Knobbly used a motor of the same layout. However, given that the 3.0 straight-six is still brand spanking new – it’s only just found its way into the Range Rover HST – it’s probably more likely that JLR’s older V6 will provide the firepower.

Still, that’s a pretty spectacular motor, offering 400hp in the supercharged Jaguar F-Type and making all the right six-pot noises while offering the sort of punch that ought to make a paired-back roadster quite lively. Lister may be synonymous with classic cars but it’s not lost touch with the art of modern car setup - as shown by the recent 675hp F-Type-based Thunder - so we can expect the chassis to be appropriately capable.

Whatever gets squeezed beneath that curvaceous body, count us among the very long list of parties that can’t wait to see the new Knobbly for real. 

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FerdiZ28

Original Poster:

1,206 posts

73 months

Thursday 14th March
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Wow that's agressive looking, if a little fishy.

Well done Lister

Hitch

5,522 posts

133 months

Thursday 14th March
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Great looking thing, I wonder if Porsche ok'd the headlights? Seems strange given where the power will probably come from.

loveice

440 posts

186 months

Thursday 14th March
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Without the black front lip and side sills it would be a better and cleaner looking car.

M Powered

346 posts

148 months

Thursday 14th March
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article said:
...offering 340hp in the supercharged Jaguar F-Type...
where is the "Gaydon fact-checker"?

380PS in current offer and was 400PS on the 400 Sport model

Cylon2007

66 posts

17 months

Thursday 14th March
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I like that
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C.A.R.

3,430 posts

127 months

Thursday 14th March
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Slingshot profile, short rear overhang and long bonnet...

Am I the only one who instantly thought of Bill Thomas' Cheetah?


DSC OFF

10 posts

Thursday 14th March
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Might be in the minority here but I think that looks awful

Fetchez la vache

5,116 posts

153 months

Thursday 14th March
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Absolutely loving that. Best thing I've seen on these pages in quite a while...

ducnick

892 posts

182 months

Thursday 14th March
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Doesn't have to have a Jag engine. Lister has a long history with Chevy small blocks. No reason why the new car couldn't be powered by a cheap off the shelf chevy LS.....

wab172uk

1,222 posts

166 months

Thursday 14th March
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Looks great. But as said already, it's got a big of a fish face about it.

A) Hi mate, what you driving these days?
B) Hi. Driving a Knobbly mate.
A) A f***ing what?

Then poor owner has to endure loads of Knob jokes whenever he goes down the pub

Macboy

395 posts

144 months

Thursday 14th March
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DSC OFF said:
Might be in the minority here but I think that looks awful
I'm with you - it has a cartoon fish-face and an ungainly profile. Not pretty/well designed in my eyes at all.

abzmike

928 posts

45 months

Thursday 14th March
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wab172uk said:
Looks great. But as said already, it's got a big of a fish face about it.

A) Hi mate, what you driving these days?
B) Hi. Driving a Knobbly mate.
A) A f***ing what?

Then poor owner has to endure loads of Knob jokes whenever he goes down the pub
Small price to pay... It looks cracking.

Diablos-666

2,660 posts

117 months

Thursday 14th March
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I really like that.

What sort of price do we think that'll be?

ZX10R NIN

13,352 posts

64 months

Thursday 14th March
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I'm guessing they'll use the now defunct V6 version used in the F Type.


Oldwolf

410 posts

132 months

Thursday 14th March
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No mention of the JLR V8 being used, I would have thought that would be perfect for it :-)

E65Ross

22,047 posts

151 months

Thursday 14th March
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abzmike said:
wab172uk said:
Looks great. But as said already, it's got a big of a fish face about it.

A) Hi mate, what you driving these days?
B) Hi. Driving a Knobbly mate.
A) A f***ing what?

Then poor owner has to endure loads of Knob jokes whenever he goes down the pub
Small price to pay... It looks cracking.
I think it looks pretty horrible TBH

st4

1,359 posts

72 months

Thursday 14th March
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I love that and good to see such an iconic British name back making cars.

Wammer

254 posts

127 months

Thursday 14th March
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I think its a very good modern interpretation.

It looks a lot more like the original Knobbly than the modern Stratos does to the original Stratos

John_S4x4

1,296 posts

196 months

Thursday 14th March
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Really like that ! Much better looking than the new Ginetta.

Nerdherder

511 posts

36 months

Thursday 14th March
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A hardtop version of this would be mega.