The recipe for the new Eterniti Artemis is quite simple: take one Porsche Cayenne Turbo, tweak the engine, tinker with the bodywork, re-trim the interior and then triple the price.
Unveiled today at the Auto China show, there’s no doubt that the amount of work done goes well beyond what most tuning firms do, and the result certainly blurs the lines between mere conversion and total remanufacture.
London-based Eterniti describes the Artemis as ‘the world’s first Super-SUV’ and cites its competitors as future sport utility offerings from Bentley, Lamborghini and Maserati. Interestingly though, no mention is ever made of the vehicle upon which it is based.
Changes to the exterior include the replacement of the original body panels with hand-made carbon composite items and the fitment of huge 23” forged alloy wheels.
On the inside, the rear cabin gets two individual reclining seats that are both heated and cooled, and their configuration means that there’s 100 mm of extra legroom available. As well as leather upholstery, the Artemis also features quilted under-carpets, lambs wool rugs and a choice of wood or carbon fibre trim pieces.
To go with an upgraded suspension package, the 4.8 litre twin-turbo V8 engine is boosted to 591 bhp (441 kW / 600 PS), while peak torque rises to 553 lb/ft (750 Nm). The result is a zero to 62 mph (100 km/h) time of just 4.5 seconds and a top speed of 180 mph (290 km/h).
So, impressive performance for such a bulky vehicle. But it’s hard to avoid the fact that those figures aren’t much better than the standard Cayenne Turbo’s 4.7 seconds and 173 mph (278 km/h), despite the Artemis boasting an additional 97 bhp (73 kW / 100 PS) and 50 Nm (36 lb/ft).
Eterniti is expecting the first deliveries to take place this autumn. To handle sales, the firm has established its own dealers in London, Hong Kong and Taipei, with outlets in Tokyo and China set to follow some time next year.
The price might be a limiting factor in attracting customers though, as it’s a stunning £210,000 plus local taxes (around €257,600 or US$338,000 at current exchange rates). Rather stingily, the warranty offered is limited to just two years, although it does cover 100,000 miles.
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