Eterniti Motors has chosen the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show as the stage upon which it will make its global debut. The British automaker has one model ready for review, and it's a sport-utility vehicle that is light on the 'U' and heavy on the 'S'. It's called the Hemera, and Eterniti plans to have it fighting in the same space that's soon to be occupied by the likes of Aston Martin, Bentley and Maserati.

Under the reshaped skin of the Hemera sits a Porsche Cayenne that's been given a new heart and upgraded interior. Beneath the hood lies a 4.8-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine that produces 620 horsepower, and the seating area comes complete with heated and cooled reclining rear seats, a pair of iPads with wireless keyboards and a drink chiller.

Eterniti says it will begin production of the Hemera in early 2012, and customers can expect to take delivery by the summer. Those customers will need to shell out £150,000, or nearly $240,000. That price includes the three-year warranty, and a "flying doctor" service to pick up and return the car when needed.
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NEW BRITISH CAR COMPANY DEBUTS AT FRANKFURT INTERNATIONAL MOTOR SHOW (IAA)

Eterniti Hemera Prototype - The World's First Super-SUV

Eterniti Motors, a new luxury carmaker, makes its public debut today at the Frankfurt IAA, the world's largest automotive motor show, and is previewing a prototype of its first product, the Hemera.

Brand Launch and Hemera Preview

When launched next year the Hemera will become the world's first Super-SUV, providing new levels of luxury, exclusivity and performance in an SUV to create a new niche. The body of the car shown at Frankfurt closely reflects the final production version, although that will have bespoke Eterniti LED headlamps and lenses. All panels are new and made of carbon composite. The interior, which will be almost 100% unique to Eterniti, is in the final stages of prototype testing and will be revealed later in the year.

Eterniti is backed by a group of international investors and is an independent, boutique British marque, uniquely based in London, where it is establishing a hub with not only a showroom but an atelier and a build facility where bespoke vehicles can be created and hand-built on-site to any specification required. The facilities will be completed later this year, followed by further Eterniti-owned showrooms from 2012 in key overseas markets.

The business aims 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.

The company's debut vehicle will be a first step towards becoming a fully-fledged carmaker but will fully reflect the bespoke luxury objective. The Hemera will be the first product in a space which Bentley, Maserati and Aston Martin, with the Lagonda brand, have identified for future product. It will be based on the most dynamic version of VW Group's latest-generation large SUV platform, the best in the industry. At Eterniti it will undergo a complete chassis-up rebuild, including a new, re-packaged interior, and the light-weight carbon-composite re-skin. It will also have additional engine performance, with the 4.8-litre twin-turbo V8 engine producing over 620bhp for a top speed in excess of 180mph.

The Hemera will feature a limousine-like rear cabin, including twin electrically-reclining rear seats with heating and cooling, twin iPads with wireless keyboards, and a drinks chiller. This satisfies a specific – and currently unmet - need, particularly in Asian markets, for a car suitable for being chauffeured in as well as driving. Unlike a conventional limousine, an SUV's relatively compact footprint and wheelbase allow it to 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 impractical.

Production will start early in 2012, with deliveries by the summer. Prices have yet to be confirmed, but will be around £150,000 for the standard vehicle. Buyers will receive a full, three-year warranty. Warranty and servicing work will be carried out on-site in London, with collect-and-return and supplemented by a 'flying doctor' service. Customers will have access to finance and insurance depending on the market.

People

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, Bentley and Ferrari, in markets from the UK to Asia-Pacific. It has further experience in motor sport.

The engineering team is led by Alastair Macqueen, who was responsible for the development of the Jaguar XJ220 supercar to production and has won the Le Mans 24-Hour race three times, with both Jaguar and Bentley. Eterniti also has its own F1 driver, Johnny Herbert, like Macqueen victorious at Le Mans but in addition a winner of three Grands Prix during a ten-year Formula 1 career, including one for the British Stewart team. Johnny will have an active involvement in developing Eterniti vehicles as well as serving as an ambassador for the brand. Alastair and Johnny have a long association, having both graduated from the Eddie Jordan stable and then competed together at Bentley. The trim operation is headed by one of the luxury car industry's leading interior trim specialists, who has worked closely with marques including Bentley.

Future

Eterniti has a long-term plan. It will be opening an Asia-Pacific hub in Hong Kong in 2012, and showrooms in Tokyo and Taipei are scheduled to open by the end of the year. Representation in China will be established from 2013. The product plan includes a second Hemera derivative for 2012. Plans for another SUV and a high-performance car which could form the basis of a racing programme are currently being developed.


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      af_1
      • 3 Years Ago
      I thought the Hemera was going to be something special, but it's just a Porsche that someone bolted an ugly body kit to. It's not even different enough that I didn't instantly see the Cayenne when I looked at it.
      Kiiks
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Cayenne is no doubt a performer, but it's not much of a looker. Will a tuned Cayenne with an awkward name like Hemera(age) really fetch 240k?
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Joseph Chang Nutter
        • 3 Years Ago
        ... its being made in England. I see the front facia of like a modified Porsche, Exhaust from a R8 V10 GT, the door handles from a Aston Martin... and who knows what the interior looks like. Its not a BAD looking vehicle it just has no originality..
      Andrew Nismo
      • 3 Years Ago
      As soon as I saw the first picture of the article, I immediately said "What's the difference between a Cayenne and this?". Further reading the article, I noticed that there are high profile people working there. Another overpriced, Porsche-based, "luxurious" piece of automotive failure. I think I'll move on.
      flammablewater
      • 3 Years Ago
      Lets not forget that underneath the Cayenne, lies a VW Toureg. So it's a $240,000 Volkswagen.
        Lachmund
        • 3 Years Ago
        @flammablewater
        cayenne and touareg are a co development from vw and porsche.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Easy_Eight
      • 3 Years Ago
      Just what the world needs. Another widebody Cayenne.
      tf3lau
      • 3 Years Ago
      looks like something that you could get done for 25k at a shady south florida body shop
      Synthono
      • 3 Years Ago
      While I question calling your car Eternity Hemorrhoid, that is the most appropriate moniker.
      Portuguese
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ladies and Gentleman this is how to ruin a Porsche Cayenne...
      aacfx09
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think the rear looks terrific, but the fascia seems largely unchanged from the Cayenne.
      krudmuphin
      • 3 Years Ago
      is it just me, or does Eterniti sound like a complete rip-off name of Infiniti?
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