No matter if you’re purchasing a new smart phone or upgrading your computer software, 5.0 always sounds much nobler than 4.6. It also feels better. You walk away with a sense of grandeur entitlement. The same is implied with Hyundai’s Equus 5.0 which has inherited, of course, a new 5-liter GDI Tau V8 and a new 8-speed transmission.
We first experienced the latest engine in Pebble Beach back in August 2011. But then it was only in the initial phase of mass production. Recently, Hyundai showcased what their flagship vehicle will become during a short ride-n-drive in Las Vegas. The Tau now pushes 429 horsepower through an in-house engineered 8-speed automatic transmission with Hyundai’s SHIFTRONIC technology. The vehicle is fluid and very luxurious.
I’m a personal fan of the Equus, yet Hyundai will have a hard time convincing Mercedes, BMW, Lexus and Audi fans until they experience the vehicle multiple times on their own terms. With that said, progress is in motion and sales are looking good for the Equus. The $58,750 big body sedan is a bargain by far compared to its German competitors. With a 10-year powertrain warranty and valet service which doesn’t require owners to set foot into a dealership for service, Hyundai is giving their luxury newcomers a taste of the good life. The $7,000 “Ultimate” variant of the Equus is upgraded with a first class rear reclining and massaging lounge chair; a rear seat entertainment system with an 8” monitor; window shades; a refrigerator; power trunk; a front cornering camera, and a few more gadgets.
With 15 city and 23 highway mpg, the Equus 5.0 still offers good mileage. I can do without the shiny chrome rims, but feel free to drop her off in my newly paved driveway any day now!