The Equus was the first high-end car that the brand launched in America. The Equus was a far higher quality product than any of the vehicles released before. Hyundai got a lot of flack from the automotive community for trying to compete with the likes of Lexus, but the car was well received. The Equus was and probably is still the most well-built Hyundai model that has come out in the last couple of decades (via Car Magazine).
The Equus came with a 429 HP 5.0L V8 engine, and the air-ride suspension gave the car an incredibly smooth ride. The Equus was a high-quality car in every sense of the word. When you get behind the wheel of the Equus, you immediately realize that you are riding in something special.