2011 Hyundai Equus
The Hyundai Equus is an all-new large luxury sedan which debuted at the New York International Auto show. It is aimed directly at cars like the Lexus LS 460 and Mercedes-Benz S550 sedan, although those are bold statements. Hyundai has been trying to compete in the large high-class sedan segment since the introduction of the Genesis over a year ago.
The Equus is stocked with a 4.6 liter Tau V8, and puts out 385 horsepower and 333 lb-ft. of torque.
Hyundai has equipped the new Equus with an electronically controlled air suspension, which is a feature in both the Lexus and Mercedes. This system allows Equus drivers to choose between a stiff ride for a sporty feel or a comfort mode for a softer ride, which minimizes road bumps and dips.
The Equus also is equipped with Continuous Damping Control (CDC). This automatically monitors the road conditions and adjusts the damping force for the best possible ride quality.
The Equus is pretty large in size but it does feature a 37.7 foot turning radius and a variable-effort steering system. This helps reduce the feel of its substantial size, and enables better cornering at all speeds.
The Equus comes with some nice technology features like all the other big body luxury cars. It is loaded with a Lexicon audio system which offers LOGIC 7 technology, this includes a 608 watt, 13-channel amplifier powering 17 speakers in a 7.1 configuration. The Equus also includes HD Radio, XM Radio and iPod integration.
The Equus is 8 inches longer than the Genesis, as it measures 203.1 inches of total length. This slots between the slightly shorter Lexus LS 460 and slightly longer Mercedes S550. The Equus is half an inch wider than its competition, but interior space is just about the same in all models.
The Hyundai Equus luxury sedan will be priced between $50,000-$60,000’s, which is around $5,000 lower than the LS 460’s base price. The S550 doesn’t even come close, as it starts at $91,600…this makes the Equus a great value dollar for dollar.