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2011 Hyundai Equus Long-Term Road Test

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2011 Hyundai Equus Signature: Track Tested

February 21, 2011


There is something extremely satisfying about throwing a luxury car like our long-term 2011 Hyundai Equus Signature through our battery of tests. Watching 4-6,000 pounds of comfortable cruiser accelerate, brake, slalom and skidpad is one of the better parts of the job. Sure, exotics and other sports cars are cool, so are lurid powerslides, but watching a luxo-barge -- be it SUV, coupe or sedan -- navigate the cones and the dragstrip is great. Like a big dog on a linoleum floor.

So, for protocol and fun, we took our Equus to the track to see exactly what this cruiser can do when pushed. Follow the jump for 0-60, quarter mile, slalom and skidpad results on our Hyundai Equus.

Vehicle: 2011 Hyundai Equus Signature
Odometer: 1,166
Date: 1/25/2011
Driver: Chris Walton
Price: $58,900

Drive Type: Front Engine, Rear-wheel-drive
Transmission Type: Six-speed automatic
Engine Type: Naturally aspirated gasoline V8
Displacement (cc/cu-in): 4,627 / 282
Redline (rpm): 6,750
Horsepower (hp @ rpm): 385 @ 6,500
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm): 333 @ 3,500
Brake Type (front): 13.6-inch ventilated disc with four-piston fixed calipers
Brake Type (rear): 12.4-inch ventilated disc with one-piston sliding caliper
Steering System: Electric speed-proportional power steering
Suspension Type (front): Multilink
Suspension Type (rear): Multilink
Tire Size (front): P245/45R19 98V
Tire Size (rear): P275/40R19 101V
Tire Brand: Continental
Tire Model: ContiProContact
Tire Type: All-Season
Wheel size: 19-by-9 inches front and rear
Wheel material (front/rear): Chrome Alloy
As tested Curb Weight (lb): 4,530

Test Results:

0-30 (sec): 2.7 (2.7 w/TC on)
0-45 (sec): 4.5 (4.7 w/TC on)
0-60 (sec): 6.7 (6.9 w/TC on)
0-60 with 1-ft Rollout (sec): 6.4 (6.6 w/TC on)
0-75 (sec): 9.6 (9.7 w/TC on)
1/4-Mile (sec @ mph): 14.8 @ 96.7 (14.9 @ 96.3 w/TC on)


30-0 (ft): 32
60-0 (ft): 129

Slalom (mph): 59.5 (60.5 w/TC OFF)
Skid Pad Lateral acceleration (g): 0.77 (0.76 w/TC OFF)


Db @ Idle: 40.9
Db @ Full Throttle: 72.1
Db @ 70 mph Cruise: 60.5

Acceleration: Not too snappy at launch, but power builds rapidly as rpm climb. Very quiet -- even at WOT. Smooth upshifts (man shift N/A due to auto-upshift override); good top end and still pulling hard across finish line. Managed a bit of wheelspin, but it only hurt the times; perhaps it was even punished by electronics.

Braking: Very consistent dist and pedal feel with one anomalous short stop. Seems to be okay with heat but did detect odor at the end. Not-too-terrible dive, zero wander and slightly soft pedal.

Handling: Skidpad: Only a teeny bit to be gained with ESC off and suspension in "sport." Either way, just as understeer begins, throttle goes away. Very good steering feedback telling me available front tire grip. Non-defeat ESC w/slightly larger envelope with it "off." Slalom: Feels far more capable and sorted than results indicate. This doesn't feel like a limo, but hitting cones w/rear tires reminded me. Very good turn-in, good "set" a little slow in transition, but steering remains effective. ESC wouldn't allow oversteer at exit -- instead, seatbelt cinches and brakes start grabbing.

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