As Hyundai aims to move its brand more upmarket, it is doing all it can to give U.S. customers luxury, design and features at an affordable price. Following the successful run of the Hyundai Genesis and the Hyundai Genesis Coupe, the 2011 Equus large luxury sedan will hit dealerships later this year powered by a 4.6L Tau V8 making 385-hp and 333 lb-ft of torque. It is aimed at other sedans like the BMW 7-Series and the Mercedes-Benz S-Class.
According to Hyundai America CEO John Krafcik, Hyundai will also offer an all-wheel-drive version of the Equus in the near future. All-wheel-drive will also trickle down the platform line to the Genesis sedan and the Genesis Coupe.
Currently, Hyundai only offers all-wheel-drive on its SUVs and crossovers. The availability of all-wheel-drive on the Equus and Genesis sedan will give the two the ability to compete strongly with other sedans in their respective segments.
The Genesis Coupe with all-wheel-drive will definitely have a leg up on other competitor coupes including the Nissan 370Z, Ford Mustang and the Chevrolet Camaro.
Refresher: The 2011 Hyundai Equus is powered by a 4.6L Tau V8 making 385-hp / 333 lb-ft of torque (378-hp / 324 lb-ft using regular fuel). Mated to a ZF 6-speed automatic, 0-60 mph will come in less than 6.4 seconds. Prices will start around $55,000 (official pricing will be announced at a later date).
2011 Hyundai Equus:
– By: Omar Rana