MALAYSIA’S first sports car, the Esna Venere, is likely to roll out next year and confirmed orders have been received from 20 buyers.
Esmail Naziadin, adviser to Esnasports Sdn Bhd which will manufacture the car, said the Esna Venere is expected to be priced between RM500,000 and RM800,000.
“It will be out sometime next year. We still have to do further development. There is quite a lot of engineering work that needs to be done,” he said.
Only 150 units of the Venere will be produced for the local and export markets, after which the company will start designing a new model.
“About 30% of the buyers are foreigners, of whom two are Italians,” Esmail told reporters at the unveiling of the Esna Venere in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.
He said operations, to be located in Selangor, would start soon and the company was waiting for confirmation on the engines to be used.
Esnasports plans to take a production prototype to the Geneva Motor Show next year, and also put the Esna Venere to test at the Le Mans 24-hour endurance race.
Esnasports spokesman, Datuk Zainuddin Che’ Din, said it took only five months to conceptualise, sketch, model and finalise the Esna Venere.
“The sports car is just the visible manifestation of what we are capable of. We hope local and foreign manufacturers will realise Malaysia is able to offer such design and engineering capabilities,” he said.
Zainuddin said many parties were involved in the development of Esna Venere.– Bernama
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