The Amanti's face shows a lot of Jaguar XJ and Mercedes-Benz E-Class influence, so much of it that many 24 Hours of Lemons racers were enraged that the judges put a shiny, good-running "E-Class" in the slowest racing group at the 2017 Fall South race (where the Amanti blew both head gaskets several minutes into the race, if not earlier).
Hyundai licensed the Mitsubishi 6G family of V6 engines during the late 1980s, and this 200-horsepower, 3.5-liter DOHC V6 sure looks a lot like the Mitsu 6G74.
The MSRP on the 2006 Amanti was a mere $27,995, which was just a bit more than an '06 Chevy Impala LTZ ... and about half the cost of a new '06 Mercedes-Benz E350 sedan. This was a lot of car per dollar when it was new.
Nowadays, of course, there's nothing particularly odd about a big, swanky South Korean sedan. The Amanti helped pave the way for this acceptance.
It's not a Mercedes. It's not a Jaguar. It's not a Lexus. It's not even a luxury car. Or is it?