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(from Eterniti Press
Release) ETERNITI LAUNCHES WORLD’S FIRST SUPER-SUV IN BEIJING
Eterniti Motors, the London-based boutique luxury carmaker, today
unveils the engineering prototype of its first car at Beijing’s Auto
China 2012 international motor show.
The vehicles on display are in-use, running prototypes so do not
represent the final finish quality but do closely reflect the
definitive interior and exterior styling.
The car, named Artemis, is the world’s first Super-SUV - a term
created by Eterniti for a new class of vehicle providing the higher
levels of luxury, performance and exclusivity demanded by today’s
wealthy car buyers but which have not been available until now.
The car will be in production by summer 2012, beating Bentley,
Lamborghini and Maserati’s luxury SUV offerings to market. Orders
can be taken now through Eterniti’s sales operations in Europe
(London) and Asia-Pacific (Hong Kong and Taipei), for deliveries
starting in autumn 2012.
The car has a limousine-like rear cabin featuring up to 100mm of
additional legroom, twin reclining rear seats with heating and
cooling, iPad-ready holders with electronic reveal, and a drinks
chiller. This satisfies a specific need, particularly in Asian
markets, for a car suitable for both being chauffeured in and
driving for pleasure. Unlike a conventional limousine, an SUV can
offer excellent handling and driver appeal, and the ride height and
ruggedness are suitable for poor road surfaces which can make
limousines and conventional high-performance cars completely
impractical. The Artemis is the ultimate crossover.
The interior is lavishly handcrafted, with a specification also
including the finest leathers, quilted undercarpets and boot trim,
lambswool rugs, veneers including natural woods, piano black and
carbon fibre, a choice of sunroofs and starlight roof lining, and a
state-of-the-art audio system.
The body panels are carbon composite and hand-built, and finished in
a large choice of paint colours, complemented by different chrome
trim styles. Ultra-low profile 315/25 tyres sit on dedicated 23”
super-lightweight forged alloy rims in a variety of styles.
The 4.8-litre twin-turbo V8 engine produces over 600bhp (441kW) and
750Nm (553 lb ft) torque, can accelerate from 0-100kph in 4.5 secs
and can exceed 290kph. Performance and handling have been developed
by a race-bred British engineering team led by Alastair Macqueen.
Macqueen previously developed to production the Jaguar XJ220, then
the world’s fastest road car, and has engineered three outright Le
Mans 24 Hour race wins for Jaguar and Bentley.
The car has been test-driven by F1 Grand Prix winner Johnny Herbert,
who will play an ongoing role in product development as well as
being an ambassador for the brand.
With a similar specification to the Beijing show vehicles the
Eterniti Artemis is priced at the local currency equivalent of
£210,000 plus local taxes in all markets except China, which will
have a unique pricing strategy. A fully bespoke service will also be
offered for customers wanting complete personalisation.
Eterniti is establishing a network of wholly-owned showrooms in key
centres. Its London headquarters also has an atelier and a build
facility where vehicles can be created and hand-built on-site to any
specification. The facilities will be completed by July, followed
later in the year by Eterniti-owned showrooms in Taipei and Hong
Kong, which will serve as the company’s Asia-Pacific hub, with Tokyo
following next year. The company is actively looking for retail
partners to develop representation in China during 2013.
Cars will be covered by a full two-year, 100,000-mile warranty
including servicing, and UK customers will have access to finance
Eterniti was started in
2010 to help satisfy a growing demand for additional luxury and
personalised specifications among wealthy car buyers, particularly
in major cities, global wealth centres and emerging markets ranging
from London to the Asia-Pacific region. Uniquely, it is located in
London and builds its vehicles there.
Although Eterniti is basing its business case around meeting market
needs, its people have a passion for cars. The team has extensive
experience in retailing some of the most prestigious British and
European luxury and high-performance car brands, including Aston
Martin, Porsche, Rolls-Royce, Bentley and Ferrari, in markets from
the UK to Asia-Pacific. It has further experience in motor sport,
with an FIA championship-winning record in GT series in both Europe