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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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Andrew Chesterton
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Andrew Chesterton should probably hate cars. From his hail-damaged Camira that looked like it had spent a hard life parked at the end of Tiger Woods' personal driving range, to the Nissan Pulsar Reebok that shook like it was possessed by a particularly mean-spirited demon every time he dared push past 40km/h, his personal car history isn't exactly littered with gold. But that seemingly endless procession of rust-savaged hate machines taught him something even more important; that cars are more than a collection of nuts, bolts and petrol. They're your ticket to freedom, a way to unlock incredible experiences, rolling invitations to incredible adventures. They have soul. And so, somehow, the car bug still bit. And it bit hard. When "Chesto" started his journalism career with News Ltd's Sunday and Daily Telegraph newspapers, he covered just about everything, from business to real estate, courts to crime, before settling into state political reporting at NSW Parliament House. But the automotive world's siren song soon sounded again, and he begged anyone who would listen for the opportunity to write about cars. Eventually they listened, and his career since has seen him filing car news, reviews and features for TopGear, Wheels, Motor and, of course, CarsGuide, as well as many, many others. More than a decade later, and the car bug is yet to relinquish its toothy grip. And if you ask Chesto, he thinks it never will.
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