• Aug 7th 2009 at 5:35PM
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The long wheelbase Hyundai Equus VL500 -- Click above for image gallery

Just when you were getting comfortable with Hyundai's $39,000 Genesis, the Korean automaker sprung the $50,000 Equus on you. Now, Hyundai has upped the stakes with the Equus VL500, a long wheel-base version of its Korean-market (and possibly U.S.-bound) flagship.

The engine bay in the long-wheelbase version is the first Hyundai to swallow the 5.0-liter Tau V8. Power output hasn't been released yet, but with the 4.6-liter mill in the Genesis putting out close to 400 hp, something north of that mark is expected in this application. The Equus VL500 will debut in November, but will be exclusive to Korea for the time being. Hat tip to William!

[Source: The Car Blogger]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      The wheels on this prototype remind me of those on the Bentley Continental GT Coupe. It's an attractive wheel design. Looks good!

      Hyundai is smart to offer variations of the Genesis platform with this Equus SWB and Equus LWB models. That will help amortize the development costs and provide Hyundai with more halo models and publicity.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Say what you will, that's a pretty good looking "big car". I'm loving the taillight treatment. And as far as it goes, I've heard several people say that the Genesis Sedan looks an awful lot like a Bentley as you're coming up behind it... something I agree with, actually. They've got some pretty good stylists over there.

      Of course, they also came up with the previous generation Santa Fe, and some of the Genesis Coupe lines are pretty muddled. Nobody's perfect.

      With the possible exception of Aston Martin, at least.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hyundai, have you met VW? Take a look at what they did wrong trying to break into the over 50k market
        • 6 Years Ago

        The Phaeton failed in the US b/c it started over $65k and went over $100k for a fully loaded model.

        The Equus will not only seriously undercut that, it doesn't have a similar sibling w/ a more prestigious badge for only a few thousand more (A8).
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ah, it's a Genesis limo...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks like they took the wheel styling from another familiar Bentley.

      JDM Life
      • 6 Years Ago
      DAMN ! They stole the LS600h Headlight design......sigh. Overrall the car could be mistaken for a Lexus LS.

      At least this would be better built & more luxurious then anything Cadillac could build....
        • 6 Years Ago
        @JDM Life
        Uhm, no.

        The headlight designs for the two have very different shapes.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I thought the standard issue Equus was on the same length roughly as other long wheelbase ultra-luxury sedans? Would that not make this thing, I don't know, something LONGER than freaking enormous?

      Hope they bring the Equus and new V-8 here. I'll glady hand over my checkbook and retire the Mercedes.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It does indeed look "longer then freaking enormous" to me. It's got a good couple feet on that... Sonata? next to it...
        • 6 Years Ago
        I think the cars next to it are barely fitting in their parking spots as it is based on the white line behind them. I think it's safe to say that this thing ain't fitting in those spots.
        You pretty much need a driver with this thing.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hmm.. those headlights seem to have similar detailing as Lexus LS600h... is Hyundai preparing LED headlights for this limo version???
      • 6 Years Ago
      Geez, why bother with camo on a vehicle that's just a stretched version of an existing car? All you need is Photoshop and you'd have pretty much a valid pic of the car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's like those MILFs with patently obvious and completely absurd breast enhancements - I'm not complainin', but it ain't exactly subtle.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Not bad at all.
      • 6 Years Ago
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