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by Tim Beissmann

British sports car start-up Eterniti Motors has revised the styling of its Porsche Cayenne clone, the Hemera, and released sketches of an all-new supercar.

After the first version of the Hemera – unveiled at September’s Frankfurt motor show – was criticised for being too similar to the Cayenne (on which it is based), Eterniti went back to the drawing board on the front grille and headlights. Unfortunately, the revised Hemera now resembles a Chinese knock-off rather than a pimped Porsche.

The styling may work in Eterniti’s favour, however, with the brand expecting 90 per cent of its sales to come from China. The production version of the Eterniti Hemera will be unveiled at the 2012 Beijing auto show in April. Eterniti told the UK’s Car magazine it plans to produce 80 cars next year, 150 in 2013 and 200 in 2014.

 

The Hemera shares its basic underpinnings with the Cayenne, although its chassis is completely rebuilt to make it lower and wider, and offer an additional 120mm in rear-seat legroom.

Although the production car’s specifications are still to be finalised, Eterniti says the Hemera’s Cayenne Turbo S-sourced 4.8-litre V8 will produce in excess of 460kW of power and help the super SUV to a top speed of at least 290km/h. These preliminary figures easily make the Hemera the most potent SUV in the world, easily eclipsing the 408kW of the BMW X5 M and X6 M, which are the most powerful SUVs on sale in Australia.

The Herema’s chief engineer, three-time Le Mans winner and the technical mastermind behind Jaguar XJ220 Alastair Macqueen, described the sports-luxury SUV to Autocar as “SUV meets BMW M5”.

The London-based manufacturer has also released sketches of its first conventional supercar.

Although the styling is far from revolutionary, the sketches reveal a significantly more original design than the Hemera, suggesting Eterniti plans to play a larger role in the development of its second sports car.

There’s now word yet on the vehicle’s ‘donor car’, or when we can expect to see the car in the metal.




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