More information and plans for the Eterniti have been revealed! It may not be the best looking SUV but it might be one of the fastest having 600HP.
When new British car maker Eterniti Motors launched at the Frankfurt Motor Show back in September, it certainly raised a few eyebrows. But now the firm has revealed more details on its plan to build a model to fill a gap in the market for a super-luxury SUV.
The Eterniti Hemera is based on the Porsche Cayenne Turbo, but much like other Porsche-based specials from firms such as Ruf, the Cayenne is stripped down and rebuilt to Eterniti's own specification. The firm's objective is to build a 4x4 which offers the space and luxury of a Rolls-Royce in the rear, yet still be a fun car to drive.
To achieve this, Eterniti has turned to the British motorsport fraternity. Engineering is being handled by a team headed by Alastair Macqueen, who was responsible for the development of the Jaguar XJ220 and three Le Mans 24 Hours winners. He is joined by ex-Formula One race winner Johnny Herbert, who has already provided feedback on the car.
"Alistair and the team have done a great job so far," Johnny told Auto Express. "I had my first drive of the prototype at a kart track last week, and I couldn't believe how quickly it got round considering its size. The steering has great feedback, and there's definitely more to come in terms of handling.
"Coming from a motorsport background, we have the ability to develop the car quickly when other makers would stop to have a meeting about every little detail."
The balance they are aiming for will put the Hemera on a par with a BMW M5 in terms of handling and comfort. Performance has also been tweaked, with the first production models getting around 600bhp.
Outside, every body panel bar the roof and window frames will be changed to give the Hemera a unique look, while the lights are custom made and new wheels increase the car's track.
Inside, the rear bench has been replaced by a pair of plush seats that have been set back by 120mm to provide greater legroom. These will be electrically reclining, heated and cooled, while two standard-fit iPads and keyboards will keep passengers entertained. Buyers will be able to personalise their cars to a high standard from launch.
Because Eterniti is using an established model for its base, it believes it can beat firms such as Bentley and Maserati to the luxury SUV market. The firm is planning to reveal a production version of the Hemera at the Beijing Motor Show in April – China is the target market for this model – and has plans to sell 80 cars in 2012, with annual sales of 150 cars thereafter. Buyers can expect a price tag of around £150,000 before personalisation.
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