BEIJING, CHINA - APRIL 22: Victoria Beckham attends an afternoon Tea Party as Land Rover launch the Range Rover Evoque Special Edition with Victoria Beckham at the Central Academy of Fine Arts on April 22, 2012 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images for Land Rover) *** Local Caption *** Victoria Beckham
BEIJING, CHINA - APRIL 22: Victoria Beckham attends an afternoon Tea Party as Land Rover launch the Range Rover Evoque Special Edition with Victoria Beckham at the Central Academy of Fine Arts on April 22, 2012 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images for Land Rover) *** Local Caption *** Victoria Beckham

Beckham Evoque: Now Posh styles a car

By Ray Massey Time of article published Apr 23, 2012

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She's tried music, proved herself a success in the world of fashion and now she's having a go at motor cars.

Victoria Beckham has created her own version of the Range Rover Evoque.

Nobody's suggesting she has had a great deal to do with developing the 4x4's 180kW petrol engine or engineering its six-speed automatic gearbox.

Instead the former Posh Spice is responsible for giving the vehicle what's called an ultra-modern exterior - quite an achievement given that the original car hasn't been around very long anyway - and a luxury interior.

On Sunday she unveiled the car at the Auto China Expo in Beijing Motor Show and clearly China's super-rich are part of its target market.

However, customers who want the Beckham touch need to hurry. Only 200 models will be released by Range Rover.

"I want a car that reflects my personality."

At £80 000 (R1.01 million), the Range Rover Evoque Victoria Beckham Special Edition costs more than twice as much as the standard model. Powered by a two-litre petrol engine, it has a top speed of 215km/h and can reach 100 in 7.1 seconds.

Beckham said she used her own experiences of luxury cars in her design to create something she and her husband David would want to drive.

The Evoque has deep-pile mohair floor mats after Beckham insisted on recreating the feeling of luxury carpets she experienced in her father's Rolls Royce as a girl. Rose gold accents on the vehicle's 20in gloss black alloy wheels look like spinning golden bands when the car is in motion.

There are rose gold-plated highlights on the dashboard and air-conditioning buttons and soft tan leather on the seats. Built at Jaguar Land Rover's Halewood factory on Merseyside, the car has a stealth-grey matt exterior. The launch comes almost two years after the former Spice Girl unveiled the original Evoque at Kensington Palace. - Daily Mail

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