Hyundai has unveiled the 2011 Equus at the New York Auto Show. It is powered by a 4.6-liter V8 with 385 hp (287 kW / 390 PS) and 333 lb-ft (451 Nm) of torque.

Hyundai has unveiled the 2011 Equus at the New York Auto Show.

Designed to compete with the "best luxury sedans in the world" (aka the Lexus LS460, the Audi A8, Mercedes S550), the Equus features conservative styling and a Mercedes-like grille. Inside, the cabin is outfitted with leather upholstery, wood trim, heated and cooled seats, GPS navigation, a 17-speaker Lexicon audio system, and Bluetooth connectivity.

To be a legitimate player in the luxury field, Hyundai installed the latest safety features. Goodies include Electronic Stability Control (ESC), a Vehicle Stability Management system (VSM), active head restraints, a lane departure warning system, smart cruise control, and nine air bags.

Based on the rear-wheel drive Genesis, the Equus boasts a 203.1 inch wheelbase, which is 7.2 inches longer than the Genesis, a 52/48 front-to-rear weight distribution, and an advanced air suspension.

Power comes from a 4.6-liter Tau V8 with 385 hp (287 kW / 390 PS) and 333 lb-ft (451 Nm) of torque. Connected to a six-speed ZF automatic transmission, the engine enables the Equus to accelerate from 0-60 mph in less than 6.4 seconds.

The Equus will go on sale this summer undercutting all of its competitors mentioned above with a base price in the mid $50,000 range.

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