2011 Hyundai Equus: Poor Man's Rich Man's Weekend
August 17, 2011
If I was a rich man (cue Topol), I'd undoubtadly own some sort of large flagship luxury sedan with a giant engine. Say a Mercedes-Benz S63 or a Jaguar XJ L Supersport. All those features, all that grandeur, all those different ways to move, cool, heat and massage my butt. I'd drive it to work and I'd drive it on a whim to Portland for some Voodoo Donuts with Niebuhr and Takahashi riding in the back (Magrath inevitably wouldn't respond to my instigating text message and will consequently be left at home).
However, I'd also need a sports car for the weekend when I'm feeling frisky. Aston Martin DBS, Mercedes-Benz SLS or even a BMW 1 M (oh how I loved that). I shouldn't have to describe what I'd do with those.
Sadly, I am not a rich man.
Although the Hyundai Equus would not literally be purchased by a poor man, it's certainly what you'd call a "poor man's" rich man car. It has all the size, bells and whistles as those grand flagship sedans, but at a fraction of the cost (and engineering excellence). There's also the fact that I don't actually own it, so there's that.
As such, I embarked on a poor man's rich man's weekend. I drove the Equus home from work on Friday, impressed friends with its back seat on Saturday, and come Sunday morning parked it in the garage in favor of something frisky. In lieu of an Aston Martin DBS, I had to settle for a circa-Brosnan Bond choice instead: my Z3 2.8. It was still a whole lot of fun and certainly encourages me to work harder for the day when I can have a real rich man's rich man's weekend.
What would be your two rich man's weekend cars?
James Riswick, Automotive Editor