If you still cannot fathom the idea of a Hyundai rivalling the likes of Mercedes-Benz S-Class and BMW 7-Series, be prepared for more disbelief as the ambitious automaker is planning to offer an even more expensive and powerful, long-wheelbase variant of the Equus luxury sedan. Today, we are the first to bring you spy shots of Hyundai's flagship product spotted in Ulsan, South Korea, and the new images suggest that the Equus Limousine will bring more changes to the table than just an extended wheelbase.
Due for debut in November, the Equus Limousine will feature an even greater abundance of premium amenities, slightly different styling, and will be Hyundai's first product to be propelled by the brand's new 5.0L V8 engine. Our spy shots reveal a different front grille, but we speculate it is merely a recycled prototype design. A closer look also reveals LED headlights alike those of the Lexus LS460h. Another intriguing find is the VL500 badge visible in the rear-end shot, evidence which confirms reports of Hyundai's long-anticipated 5.0L Tau V8 that will propel the Equus Limousine. The current range-topping Equus bears a VS460 trim designation, with the 460 representing the 4.6L Tau V8 under its hood. The Limousine's more powerful V8 is expected to produce over 400 horsepower.
The upcoming launch of the redesigned Hyundai Equus Limousine comes hot on the heels of Hyundai's recent decision to market the Equus (short-wheelbase, as of now) in North America. According to executives, the Equus will be sold from next year as a 2011 model at prices north of $50K. While Hyundai has received a cornucopia of accolades and recognition for the Genesis, the brand's first genuine foray into the premium car market, will the Equus replicate its younger sibling's success in the fiercely competitive (and highly badge-conscientious) luxury car market in North America?