In terms of high-powered off-road rally racers that have been re-dubbed into production vehicles, there’s no reason to think that Bowler’s EXR Nemesis isn’t going to redefine how we view SUVs in the future.
Sure, the name doesn’t have cache on it unlike the BMWs and Porsches of the world, but give it time, soon enough, the whole world will know about Bowler and their rugged, all-weather EXR Nemesis prototype, a vehicle that is defined by its unique motor sport heritage and the fact that the restrictions were lifted to create an adrenalin fueled ride both on and off road.
Having successfully competed in various rallys around the world, Bowler Off-Road is looking to take the EXR Nemesis and turn it into a production version SUV, thereby giving it another playground to pounce on: the cemented streets of public roads. Though the project is still in its development phase – the company has released only renderings of the prototype – we won’t have to wait long to see the vehicle in action as it will be making an appearance at the Race Car Live! Event this weekend.
Something tells us that we’re about to see one pretty intimidating SUV.
Details and Press Release after the jump.
EXTERIOR AND INTERIOR
Renderings done on the interior of the Bowler Nemesis EXR prototype shows a prevalent use of leather on the dashboard, center console, front and rear seats, and even the compartment boxes on the front passenger side and the center compartment. The underside of the SUV looks to include a body and chassis space frame that is likely to be made out of composite materials. Likewise, the underpinnings on the prototype SUV is a double-wishbone independent suspension with roll bars on both the front and rear.
We’ll expect to hear more about the makings of the production version of the Nemesis EXR soon enough as soon as the peeps from Bowler provide more information on the SUV.
The Bowler Nemesis EXR prototype is based on a heavily-modded version of the Range Rover Sport. Seeing as the vehicle will be a production version of the Nemesis rally vehicle, it’s going to come with a choice of powertrain options, depending on the customer’s preference. First, there’s the lower spec mode that is going to be powered by a 3.0-liter TDV6 that produces 291 horsepower mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission.
If 3.0 liters and 291 horsepower isn’t enough to tickle your fancy, you can opt for the more powerful model that is outfitted with a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 engine that produces an output of somewhere around 600hp mated to the same 6-speed automatic transmission the lower tier variant comes in.
The production version of the Nemesis has yet to be given a price tag, but if you’re excited to see it in action, the prototype will be put through the paces at the Race Car Live! Event in Brands Hatch from November 20th to November 21st in the UK.
Now that the Nemesis is ready to hit cemented streets as opposed to rally sands all over the world, a slew of high-powered SUVs better get ready to face some very stiff competition in the near future. That’s a word of warning to the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S, the Mercedes ML 63 AMG, and the BMW X6 M. You’ve all been given notice, fellas. Like a caged lion that’s been given it’s own road-rampaging set-up, the Bowler Nemesis EXR is going to be released soon and will come straight after all of you.
BOWLER EXR NEMESIS IN ACTION AT RACE CAR LIVE!
The rugged Bowler EXR Nemesis will roar into action at this year’s Race Car Live!, held on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st November at Brand Hatch.
Already well known for its rally raid vehicle, Bowler Off-Road will showcase its new extreme sports car, heavily defined by its motorsport heritage but with the restrictions lifted to create an adrenalin fuelled ride both on and off road.
EXR is available with a massive five litre supercharged V8 engine with a peak power of 600BHP or the more ‘subdued’ three litre TDV6, with 291BHP. With a composite body and spaceframe chassis, the EXR has a six-speed automatic transmission (paddle shift), double wishbone independent suspension, and both front and rear roll bars.
The prototype EXR will put the Brands Hatch Indy circuit through its paces, with those interested in finding out more about the vehicle invited to experience the EXR as a passenger. Meanwhile the Nemesis will also be in action throughout the weekend.
The Nemesis is a full blown desert racer designed to cope with the harshest circuits that the World Off Road Rally has on offer and has been used to successfully compete in the Dakar Rally. With 4.4, 4.2 and 4 litre V8 engined versions, the Nemesis was derived from the experience gained in the development if Bowler’s Wildcat off road race car, now owned by Qt Services.
Since taking on the production of the car in 2007, the Qt team have developed a complete range of Wildcats that are all road legal and will also be in action at the show.
Race Car Live is open 9am until 5pm each day. Advance tickets cost £12 for adults and £8 for children or £15 for adults and £12 for children on the day. Visit www.racecarlive.com