2011 Hyundai Equus: Instant Gratification
June 07, 2011
I mentioned in my last Equus post that the big Hyundai gets my vote over our long-term BMW 528i on its throttle response alone. Above is a graphical representation -- courtesy of the iPhone Dynolicious app -- of what I'm talking about. Compare that to the BMW's after the jump.
Notice how the Equus starts pouring on the power within the first quarter-of-a-second? The BMW doesn't start until the halfway mark. It doesn't seem like much, but behind the wheel, it feel like an eternity. I like the Hyundai's snap off the line -- it's as if it trusts my judgement to launch off the line, rather than second-guess me.
To the uninitiated, it can be a little jumpy. After a little practice, though, I found that a light touch is all that's needed for a smooth glide from a stop. Shifts are generally smooth, unless you're really on the pedal -- then, it gets a little rough. And that's fine by me.
Mark Takahashi, Associate Editor