The Luxo Barge And Burnouts? - 2011 Hyundai Equus Signature Long-Term Road Test

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2011 Hyundai Equus Signature: The Luxo Barge And Burnouts?

April 21, 2011

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Rear-wheel drive and a 385-horsepower V8. Sounds like a recipe for burnouts.

Except this mammoth Hyundai needs some real prodding to break those rear tires loose.

Go straight from brake to throttle and you'll be lucky to get a chirp, even with ESC off, because the Equus is hesitant off the line.

Overlap brake and throttle a bit, then release the brakes and it'll light up the rear tires for maybe a second.

Get more aggressive with the power braking and you can, in fact, do a nice rolling burnout. But since the Equus shifts for itself, even in manual mode, you need to keep track of the revs so it doesn't shift to second gear. Do it right and you can leave a nice, long pair of black stripes.

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Why is this important information? Because burnouts are fun. And they're even more hilarious when the car you're doing them in is a giant, near-$60,000 Hyundai sedan.

Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 5,119 miles.

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