U.K.-based startup¬†Eterniti¬†has unveiled the production version of the Artemis SUV that was displayed as a close-to-production concept in Beijing, China, earlier this year.
Eterniti¬†hired ex-Jaguar engineer Alistair¬†Macqueen¬†and ex-Formula 1 driver Johnny Herbert to help develop the SUV. ¬†It is powered by a Cayenne Turbo-sourced 4.8-liter¬†V8¬†that has been tuned to make 553 lb-ft. of torque and 600 horsepower, enabling the behemoth to sprint from zero to 62 mph in 4.5 seconds and reach a top speed of over 180 mph. ¬†
Eterniti¬†has lowered and stiffened the SUV's suspension to give it a sportier ride than the Cayenne that it is based on. ¬†It comes standard with 23-inch alloy wheels mounted on low-profile tires.
Inside, the main focus is placed on the rear passengers and the two individual rear seats have been moved back and up to increase legroom. ¬†This evidently sacrifices trunk space but the automaker doesn't think that the SUV's target audience will mind, especially since the rear seats are heated, cooled and can recline. ¬†The passengers sitting in them have access to a drink cooler and an iPad holder.
Although the Artemis' Cayenne roots are evident in the roof line,¬†Eterniti¬†has given both the front and the rear of the SUV a thorough redesign. The new panels are hand-built out of carbon composite in an effort to keep the weight down.¬†
Eterniti¬†hopes that by starting with an existing car instead of designing one from scratch it will be able undercut luxury SUVs currently being developed by Bentley, Lamborghini and¬†Maserati. ¬†On sale now, the Artemis starts at about¬†¬£210,000 (roughly $335,000) in the U.K., though the long list of options can significantly inflate the price tag. ¬†
The SUV will be sold through a growing network of dealers located in Europe, in Japan and in China but the English automaker has not indicated whether or not it will set up shop on U.S. shores.