The 2011 Hyundai Equus is Hyundai’s new flagship luxury sedan based on a longer version of the rear-wheel-drive architecture of the Hyundai Genesis. The Hyundai Equus is arguably Hyundai’s fourth luxury car, following the XG300/350; its replacement, the 2011 Hyundai Azera; and the 2011 Hyundai Genesis Coupe; each has been larger and more luxurious than the preceding one.
The Hyundai Equus is absolutely competitive with flagship luxury sedans from around the world. The 2011 Hyundai Equus is squarely in the full-size class, among the BMW 7 Series, Lexus LS 460 and Mercedes-Benz S-Class. The Equus now comes in two trim levels: the Signature and the 2011 Hyundai Equus Ultimate.
The 2011 Hyundai Equus is a sharp looking sedan from nearly every angle. Take a look at these Hyundai Equus pictures, the design is handsome and pleasing to the eye; up front is a subtle horizontal radiator grille and well-proportioned headlamps with jeweled detailing. The side silhouette is refined, with character lines that accent the rear fenders of the 2011 Hyundai Equus.
The rear-end treatment is progressive with bold taillights, strong shoulders and an overall look of precision; this look is accomplished through fully-integrated asymmetrical exhaust tips and rear LED turn signal indicators. At 109.3 cubic feet, the 2011 Hyundai Equus is packing more interior volume than nearly every luxury flagship on the market, and comes equipped with all the amenities you’d expect; the driver’s cockpit boasts an abundance of features and premium services.
Like its rear-wheel-drive platform mate, the 2011 Hyundai Equus comes equipped with Hyundai’s 4.6-liter D-CVVT Tau V8 putting out 385 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 333 pound-feet of torque at 3,500 rpm. The 2011 Hyundai Equus Tau is easily competitive with all the V8 offerings from established luxury marquees.
The six-speed was well-behaved, and the car accelerated authoritatively and quietly. With a combined city/highway estimate of 19 mpg on premium gas, the 2011 Hyundai Equus matches the LS 460 and beats the S550 and 750i by 1 and 2 mpg. One shortcoming is that the 2011 Hyundai Equus for sale only with rear-wheel drive, while the rivals offer optional all-wheel drive.
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Hyundai aims to break down the barriers of owning a luxury car with the introduction of its all-new flagship, the 2011 Hyundai Equus. 2011 Hyundai Equus takes Hyundai’s formula for intelligent luxury to a new level. 2011 Hyundai Equus will compete with the best luxury sedans in the world on all levels including amenities, performance, advanced technologies, design and ownership experience.
Hyundai have applied the lessons in engineering excellence they have learned with the 2011 Hyundai Genesis Coupe to the Hyundai Equus, while adding a new level of customer experience that will further differentiate their take on luxury from the traditional premium brands.
On premium fuel, the award-winning 4.6-liter Tau V8 inside the 2011 Hyundai Equus produces more horsepower than the power plants found in the Lexus LS460, Mercedes-Benz S550, and Audi A8 and nearly the same power as these competitors on regular fuel. If the 2011 Hyundai Genesis Coupe is Hyundai’s opening attack to fight the Lexus, the 2011 Hyundai Equus is a set of leather-covered hook to the Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz.
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