The Equus is powered by an impressive Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) 429-horsepower* V8 engine. The advanced 8-speed automatic transmission delivers smooth power in an instant or efficient interstate touring as the driver demands. And a well-balanced, rear-wheel-drive layout gives Equus the foundation to perform less like a traditional luxury car and more like a high-performance sports sedan.
This system helps maintain consistent vehicle height and pitch regardless of load and road conditions, resulting in a consistent, comfortable ride. An available upgrade on the Lexus LS 460, Electronically-controlled Air Suspension is standard on the Equus.
The high-pressure die-cast engine block is entirely aluminum. A Tuned Intake System (TIS) maximizes power, while Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT) improves both low-end torque and high-end horsepower. Further details like the timing chain drive system, serpentine belt and iridium double-tipped spark plugs help make the Equus more efficient.
Hyundai engineers designed this high-performance transmission with precise gear ratios and lightweight components to make it highly responsive and a perfect complement to the Tau® 429-hp V8. The Equus also features an Overdrive Lock-up Torque Converter for higher efficiency at freeway speeds.
The very nature of Rear Wheel Drive shifts the Equus closer to a more ideal 50/50 front-to-rear weight distribution. This means the engine, transmission, driveshaft and rear differential provide better dynamic balance. The larger rear tires and suspension take on their fair share of the workload, offering a smoother, more stable ride and enhanced handling and traction.
Much more sophisticated than typical shocks, CDC is an electronic damping system that noticeably improves ride comfort and overall driving dynamics at the same time. Sensors monitor values for body, wheel, and lateral acceleration, then use them to generate the ideal damping forces for each wheel on a continuous basis. This minimizes body roll and makes acceleration and deceleration stable, steady and smooth. Like a more high-performance feel? Select Sport mode for firmer damping and a more responsive ride.