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First Look: Eterniti Supercar

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On: Fri, Sep 16, 2011 at 3:01PM | By: Chris Weiss


First Look: Eterniti Supercar

The 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show has been the breaking out party for Eterniti, a London-based, independent luxury car manufacturer. The company debuted at the Frankfurt show with the launch of its first model—the Hemera SUV. Since that car is basically just a tuned Porsche Cayenne, and I don't even like the Cayenne, I'm much more interested in Eterniti's second model—an unnamed supercar that it teased in sketch form.

Outside of the initial sketches, Eterniti hasn't said much about the car except for stating that it's a mid-engined model—a fact that we could easily glean by looking at it. The car has a rounded, muscular look that reminds me a little of the Jaguar C-X75. It appears to have some pretty defined air intakes on the sides and an intriguing rear-end with big diffuser and center-mounted exhuast.

The car looks pretty good so far, and we're confident it should look good in its final form too. The engineering team behind it is led by Alastair Macqueen, who previously worked on the development of the Jaguar XJ220 supercar—could explain why this bears a little resemblance to the XJ220's successor. I'd have no problem calling the XJ220 the best looking world's fastest car in the past 20 years, so I'm optimistic about the Eterniti.

Eterniti has a total of three cars planned at the moment. The Hemera is built on an existing vehicle platform thought to be the Cayenne, but gets transformed into a "super-SUV" by way of a redesigned chassis, carbon fiber body panels, upgraded powertrain, and ultra-premium interior. It promises 620 horses and up to 180 mph of acceleration and will feature such comforts as a rear drink cooler, dual passenger iPads with wireless keyboards, and reclining rear seats with footrest.

While it's at a great disadvantage in terms of branding, expect the Hemera to try to compete with the likes of the upcoming Bentley SUV. Thanks to the growing affluence in SUV-oriented markets like China, the super-SUV seems like it's going to be a thing for a while.

Eterniti's third car will also be an SUV.


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