The Hyundai Equus has been on the market since 1999, producing upscale full-size luxury sedans. Yada Yada Yada. But, there is a new Equus on the market that is far more exciting and has been creating huge waves amongst car lovers.
This week at the North American International Auto Show, Equus- a small Detroit based manufacturer- has been grabbing headlines for their new prototype: the Equus Bass 770. This throwback American muscle car is going for 250,000 dollars. And for many, it’s worth every penny. Nelson Ireson of Motor Authority says, “[The Equus Bass 770] is all American, bred in Detroit, with the best bits of every classic muscle car, bundled into a thoroughly modern and wondrous package.”
Taking a closer look, it’s easy to see where this fiery car has drawn inspiration. It most closely resembles the 60s era Ford Mustangs and the Dodge Challengers that were being carved out in the early 70s. Additionally, when looking at the front end, a whole lotta Plymouth Roadrunner can be seen looking back. Is anyone else drooling?
Under the hood of the Equus Bass 770, there is a 640 horsepower, 6.2 liter supercharged aluminum-block V-8. Also, the vehicle features a tube-and-tub aluminum chassis, as well as an aluminum, carbon fiber body that weighs in at 3,640 pounds. 3,640 pounds may be a little heavy compared to other classic muscle cars like the ’65 Mustang (3,175 pounds) and the ’65 Corvette (3,180 pounds), but that doesn’t affect any of the Equus’ power.
The Equus is able to reach a top speed of 200 mph! Not to mention, it can reach 60 mph in a lighting quick 3.4 seconds. This acceleration is all made possible by a six-speed, rear mounted dual-clutch gearbox that handles all of the shifts.
Being such a small company (25 workers and only 3 model vehicles) has left many people wondering where did all of this come from?
Well, the company is currently being bankrolled by a reclusive European business man (Charlie’s Angels?) Inside sources have said that he has a strong passion for classic muscle cars and only wants to put out perfection. According to the official Equus website, “Equus Automotive Inc. has been working on the BASS770 project for the past 6 years, gathering all of the best of the American savoir-faire over the ages, in order put out a real DREAM car.”
Check out this video released by Equus:
In the upcoming years, the goal for Equus is to produce 100 vehicles annually, which is sure to make their product a hot commodity amongst the public. Brand ambassador Ian James says, “Equus is going to be a lifestyle brand more than anything else…This is [for] a guy who wants to pull up in Monte Carlo and park outside the hotel.” It’ll be interesting to see what celebrities and cultural icons will be the first to be spotted in this bad a** ride.