Hyundai's 1st try at bettering the Equus comes only 1 year after the model introduced in the U.S., and it finds the automaker's novel 5.0-liter directly-injection V-8 producing 429 hp and 376 lb-ft of torsion. The engine even is available for the Genesis sedan. It's copulated to an eight-speed automatic transmission that sends power to the back wheels -- there's no all-wheel-drive model.

Apart from giving Equus owners more to brag about at dinner parties, the added power and transmission have a mark-able effect on test numbers. Acceleration of 0-60 mph assumes 5.5 seconds as the 2012 Equus, a 0.7-2nd advance

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above previous year's model, that's half a second faster than a 2011 Lexus LS 460, and 0.2 second slower as compared to a 2009 Mercedes-Benz S550 we tested. As a bonus, the power delivery is comparatively smooth. Jackrabbit begins aren't a trouble and the eight-speed automatic seldom felt out of place in general driving.

The novel 5.0-liter strengths proceed in the quarter mile, where at 13.9 seconds, the 2012 Equus is 0.7 second faster as compared to the 2011 model, on a 102.7 trap speed 4.0 mph higher as compared to the outgoing Equus. On the road, the novel V-8 emits a muffled roar just at wide-open throttle; other than, it's rather within, as you'd expect from a car in this class. Braking performance is only so-so.