The first of ten Lister LFT-Cs has been produced, meaning we have ourselves the first actual photos of the finished 675hp drop-top. Reaction to the previous CGI images was positive to say the least, so we’re expecting more drooling now car numero uno has been completed.
For those needing a memory jog, the F-Type-based machine builds on the strong underpinnings of the R with a suitably beefed-up supercharged 5.0-litre V8, able accelerate the LFT-C from 0-62mph in just over three seconds and on to a top speed of 205mph. That, you may have noted, is only 6mph short of the world’s fastest convertible, the DBS Superleggera Volante.
Bigger bragging rights arguably come from the fact the Lister is £108,500 cheaper than the Aston, although admittedly an F-Type-based model priced from £139k will never sit well with some people. But look at it. It’s a lovely concoction of modern, classic and downright vintage; promising a similar mix of noise and emotion, too. We want one – especially now we’ve seen it for real.
Original story: 20.03.2019
Despite some qualms about the name, there was a pretty positive reaction on PH to Lister LFT-666 when it was confirmed last year - "If you don't like this you need to get to the doctor's surgery. Absolutely epic", being one of many effusive responses. Now, with deliveries of those cars underway and a waiting list into next year, Lister has revealed the next derivative: the LFT-C.
That's 'C' for 'Convertible', Lister doing the logical thing and taking the roof off its 675hp hell raiser. Everything that made an F-Type R into a Lister is carried over, though, which means new wheels, suspensions, exhaust and brakes, plus some outrageous performance claims: 0-62mph is said to take "just over" three seconds, with the top speed in excess of 205mph.
Like the 666, this LFT-C features Lister-built carbon fibre additions as well, the front bumper/splitter combo and spoiler/diffuser at the rear made of it. Lister says the new exhaust that's also back there will "enhance the sound of the supercharged V8" and has been designed to "work perfectly with an open cockpit vehicle." Given the R's Hades-with-a-hangover soundtrack is a big part of that car's appeal, expectations are high for this LFT's aural extravagance.
Inside, each of the LFTs can be configured to the customer's tastes; Lister in fact retrims the entire cabin with Bridge of Weir leather, with "an almost unlimited options list" said to be available.
While there were 99 LFT-666 coupes, Lister will produce just 10 LFT-Cs, each identified by a solid silver plaque on the engine cover. The cost? £139,000, or £21,000 more than the regular SVR F-Type. Alternatively, the body kit is available on its own for £10k, for all F-Types. Lister also says the F-Pace derived LFP will make production this year, with the LFT-C said to be "ready for summer 2019" - get your order in now!