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Genesis EQ900 Surpasses BMW, Mercedes-Benz in Major Performance Tests
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Genesis EQ900 Surpasses BMW, Mercedes-Benz in Major Performance Tests
  • By Jung Min-hee
  • November 16, 2015, 01:30
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Hyundai Motor's Europe Nurburgring Technical Center in Germany.
Hyundai Motor's Europe Nurburgring Technical Center in Germany.

 

During a press conference held at the Hyundai Motor Europe Nurburgring Technical Center in Germany on Nov. 13, Hyundai Motor announced that it carried out its own performance tests and the Genesis EQ900 had better results than German leading automakers, including BMW and Mercedes-Benz, in major performance, such as power performance at the low to middle speed range, air resistance, noise levels and body stiffness.

According to the test results, the EQ900, equipped with the Lambda 3.3 Turbo engine, took 13.1 seconds to accelerate from 80 km/h to 120 km/h. This was quicker time than its competitors, full-size sedans of BMW with 16.5 seconds and Mercedes-AMG GmbH, commonly known as AMG, with 13.7 seconds.

The EQ900 also surpassed European cars in the body stiffness, which is closely related to the driver safety. Some 51 percent of the EQ900’s body was made from advanced high strength steel (AHSS) that can withstand loads of 60 kilograms of force (kgf) to 150 kgf. The figure was more than two times the BMW model with 25 percent. As a result, the body of the EQ900 is 6 percent stiffer than its BMW counterpart. The body stiffness improved, while its weight was 4 kilograms lighter than the competitive model.

The EQ900 produced 50 db of noise from engine brakes, which was lower than the BMW with 53 db. It also received 8 points in brake vibration tests, beating other competitive models. In addition, the EQ900 had better test results in the air resistance coefficient than full-size sedans of BMW and AMG.

The EQ900, which is globally to be named the G90, is the latest edition of Hyundai Motor’s Equus flagship luxury model, which was consolidated with the Genesis brand after its recent launch. It will start selling in Korea first from Dec. 9.

In a bid to secure competitiveness, which is equivalent to European luxury car brands, by strengthening fundamental performance and improving the luxurious designs of the EQ900, Hyundai Motor is carrying out the final stage of tests at the Nurburgring test center under its European design and development headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany.