2011 Hyundai Equus Signature: Jumpy Throttle Tip-In
May 23, 2011
This is a fine engine, this 4.6-liter V8 in our longterm 2011 Hyundai Equus. It's velvet-smooth, speaks in hushed tones and has plenty of punch.
It's got this fussy throttle calibration, though, that could be better.
When you're navigating commute traffic in slow-and-go conditions, you notice it the most -- there's a tip-in delay that's followed by a whole lot of sauce delivered at once. This latter characteristic is probably intended to make the Equus feel enormously powerful, except it's too exaggerated and makes the Equus unnecessarily jumpy instead. That's not luxe, after all.
The throttle "gain" aspect is purely a calibration issue that's easily changed, were Hyundai so inclined, but I'm not so sure the tip-in delay is as easily remedied.
Mind you, none of this throttle action in the Equus is as obnoxious as that of our BMW 528i.
Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor