• Mar 5, 2010
2011 Hyundai Equus prototype – Click above for high-res image gallery

Judging by these spy shots of a Hyundai Equus we just received from an alert reader, the Korean brand may be considering giving Rhys Millen a new ride to try and break the class record he set last year at Pikes Peak. Recall that in 2009, Millen ran up the 14,110-foot Colorado mountan-side in 12 minutes, 9.397 seconds at the wheel of a Genesis coupe.

Apparently, Hyundai may be looking to challenge the AMG S63s and Alpina B7s of the world with its new flagship by establishing the performance bona fides of the new Equus luxury sedan with some motorsports activity. Either that or somebody at the Hyundai tech center is just trying to pull a fast one on us to see if anyone is paying attention.




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      • 4 Years Ago
      The endplates on that APR wing are backwards...
      • 4 Years Ago
      "My homies all drive Hyundais."
      • 4 Years Ago
      Did anyone else not notice the other Hyundai cars in the background on top of manufacture tags.

      http://www.autoblog.com/gallery/spy-shots-hyundai-equus/full/#3
      • 4 Years Ago
      I thought it was a Maxima!
      • 4 Years Ago
      It is a Korean tuned car, just needs a 6 inch exhaust tip.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Whoever took these photos better be careful about trespassing... This car is at the Irvine KIA/Hyundai Tech center, and is parked in their parking lot. Hope you didn't get caught by the camera! FYI - the car is absolutely nothing and you guys (Autoblog) know it...
        • 4 Years Ago
        According to the photographer the photos were not taken on Hyundai property. The car happened to be parked out in the open somewhere in Southern California.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Sam A.

        "The car happened to be parked out in the open somewhere in Southern California." = "Irvine KIA/Hyundai Tech center"

        irvine is in orange county
        • 4 Years Ago
        Thank goodness. An intelligent post.

        These types of rear wings are regularly used by manufacturers for on-road aerodynamic and wind tunnel testing.

        gqby22 is correct. The car is nothing and you know it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Aii.... This remember me of a very stock Mercedes SLK230 Kompressor with a huge import spoiler on it. Not very nice actually.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The design of this car is absolutely boring, especially from that angle. I'd start an 'it looks like a...' but the list is too long.
        • 4 Years Ago
        C'mon - don't be a blind, clueless Toyota and acknowledge the obvious - that the Lexus LS430 was a virtual CLONE of the S-Class of the time and that the GS lifted Mercedes' quad circular headlights, as well as Jag's/Buick's vertically slatted grill.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The S-Class wanabe was the Lexus LS430 which was a virtual CLONE of the S-Class of the time.

        W/ the LS460, Lexus went more w/ a BMW style (albeit toned down), which is why the toned down new 7 Series and LS460 look so similar from the side and rear.

        The GS, otoh, was a E Class wannabe w/ the 4 circular headlights.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Come on fanboys: defend your anonymous elongated-Azera Lexus/MB wannabe... don't just downrate.

        Post 1998.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Let me guess this and the Buick and this are related. The Buick got all the look and well... this is the ugly one.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Somebody at HMA has a sense of humor. I bet it's not even drilled or secured. They probably had the spoiler laying around and decided to set it atop the trunk for a quick photo op.
      • 4 Years Ago
      got to love it, a simple wing on a car and wallah free press day lol
        • 4 Years Ago
        "wallah"? Qu'est-ce que c'est?
      • 4 Years Ago
      All I can say is I hope that its a joke if not then, I am lost for words. A big what are they thinking comes to mind. If you are going to do a performance version for Pikes Peak Hyundai then give it an active speed deploying spoiler not a hockey stick with two blocks of wood. Just saying.
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