"Putting the dynamite cocktail of Tarmac-rippling torque and race car-wide rubber to stunning good use, the Lister thunders off the line to reach 30mph in well under 2.0sec, a feat which almost defies belief for a car weighing 1800kg and with only two driven [rear] wheels.
"A 0-60mph time of 4.5sec exploits that early advantage and means that, to the crucial benchmark, the Lister is neck and neck with an F40 and has already consigned the Lamborghini Countach, Porsche 911 Turbo and Aston Martin Zagato to the rear-view mirror. It's fearsomely fast."
But would it handle? We elaborated: "In its fundamental balance, the Lister's handling is little different from the car on which it is based, with predominant mild under-steer only giving way to oversteer under power or on lifting off in medium to tight bends, though the transitions occur at much higher speeds.
"The night-and-day improvements are in grip and response. The standard car's slight vagueness about the straight ahead is replaced with pin-sharp turn-in and fine precision. The meatier weighting is also welcome, making the Lister easy to place accurately."
The aforementioned '100% stiffer' suspension might have given you visions of the chiropractor; and, indeed, we continued, "the ride can feel very firm at times", but at high speed, control is exemplary. Plus, "braking is exceptionally powerful and pedal feel both firm and progressive".
The interior should have given you good support, too, with leather-trimmed Recaro seats that "not only liberate about an inch of head room but are wonderfully comfortable".
In addition, we said: "While refinement has taken a tumble, it hasn't deteriorated to Porsche 928 SE levels. Although the Lister's Pirellis are prone to roar and rumble over coarse surfaces, they don't boom like the Porsche's".
We concluded on the incredible effort thus: "You grip the Lister's wheel rim because there's something of substance to grip. By no stretch of the imagination is this a car for the limp-wristed. The speed and accuracy with which the Lister turns in is a genuine revelation. The feedback that was always blurred by the compliant bushing and zealous assistance can now be appreciated in concentrated and high-resolution form.
"The car communicates far more richly than the standard article. It feels crisper and tauter, yet at the same time, freer and more lucid; the driver is in control but less under pressure.