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Lister LFP to be the world's fastest SUV

In a hurry on the school run? British sports car maker Lister has just the answer, unveiling what it promises will be the world's fastest SUV.

A bold claim, sure. But on paper, the Lister LFP has the chops to back it up. Sort of.

Based very heavily on the Jaguar F-Pace (the resemblance is pretty clear, especially at the front end), Lister - makers of the F-Type-based LFT-666 - has given the SUV a full-body makeover, as well as an engine overhaul to produce more power.

Lister executives are remaining coy about what's actually under the bonnet, though the smart money suggests its a tuned version of JLR's supercharged V8 engine, good for around 500kW. Elsewhere, lashings of weight-saving carbon-fibre "improve road holding".

And all that is enough to produce a sprint to 96.6km/h (60mph) of just 3.5 seconds. And ho hum, I hear you say, doesn't the Tesla Model X P100D claim a time of just 2.8 seconds? Correct.

But where Lister claims to have the wood on the competition isn't the sprint, but the marathon. The Lister LFP has a claimed a top speed of 322km/h, which is really very fast for an SUV. The Model X, for example, tops out at around 210km/h, while even Lamborghini's monstrous Urus can only reach 305km/h.

“I am delighted, overwhelmed and gratified by the huge level of interest, excitement and orders our LFT-666 supercar has already generated in just a few months. Based on early indications, our new LFP promises to repeat the success, and I really can’t wait to reveal the world’s fastest SUV quite soon,” says Lister CEO Lawrence Whittaker.

Full specification details are yet to be revealed, but that hasn't stopped Lister from opening the order books for UK customers, with the LFP priced at around $250,000.

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