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New Hyundai Centennial creates fog of war

The Far days of warring may be long but with the new Hyundai Centennial, Jovanovic reckons the Koreans are their Japan-facing missiles.

to know what else is Hyundai Motor’s new 4.6-litre Tau V8. But 360bhp and 440Nm of torque, 15bhp down on the equal-displacement unit in the LS460.

Mercedes-Benz’s trumps the lot with 388bhp

Although the Tau is available under the of the Genesis saloon in other the engine’s pride of place within the new Centennial in the Middle The Centennial isn’t shy about its either. Even in America, my T-shirt size is an M whereas it’s an XL, the big Hyundai’s 5.16m and 1.9m width is considered

In fact the Centennial is longer the Merc and the Lexus, including the LS460L.

Hyundai is confident its can take on the best from and Japan, but it would do tremendously just to take the fight to Notching up one over the Germans only be an added bonus. is, with its Dh239,000 starting what’s stopping the Centennial ruling the whole roost?

Is it a Merc? Is it a Lexus? No, it’s a

When your top brass $338 million over years on developing one model, than just a few suits get the boot should the result be less than favourable.

If it up to me, the least I’d do is have a with the designers, pestering about why exactly they it was a good idea to mash a with a Lexus and slap own badge on it.

Well, one more around in the history drawer remind you how Japan took on the two decades ago mainly by copying an and launching the Lexus brand. luxury arm should be flattered this time around, are the ones being copied.

So the is about as original as a Louis from Naif Souq. the model designation is a copy Ring a bell?

The giant grille in the front really dominate proceedings. It looks it accounts for about half of the two-tonne kerb weight. joined by more shiny beneath the wraparound front although the rest of the chrome the car on the sides and rear gets lost among the acres of metal and glass.

The 18in wheels, wrapped in rubber front and rear, the massive arches well, the car a more compact look if standing about a mile Up close, the Centennial is a mammoth.

a nice, solid ‘thunk’ of the you’re cocooned inside a quiet cabin offering and 1,010mm of front and rear Besides the spaciousness, Hyundai has used high-quality leather and to dress the thing, employing a fit and that wouldn’t go amiss in a car a certain blue and white

Rear passengers get a central loaded with all the controls could wish for, switches which operate the seats. The driver sits in the Centennial, even if attempting to the seat as far down as it can go, giving a view of the long bonnet, off with some wings of Hyundai’s familiar slanted So we find a bit of Rolls Royce in the too.

Hyundai, again, to have looked at the LS460 searching for inspiration for the Centennial’s as it seems exactly like a dash would look had it designed today and not half a ago. Even the simple labelling the multitude of ergonomically buttons appears to have out of a Toyota product. But you know

It all works rather well. for the sat-nav and infotainment screen is about as novel as a solar-powered in a world of iPads.

To set it up is also a since there is no central button. You need to first the feature you wish to personalise and delve into its inner It’s a bit too complicated and far behind the Germans are offering at the moment.

you also get seat coolers and a fridge in the back, a 17-speaker system, the segment-obligatory window and a neat 3.5in display nestled between the rev-counter and

The drive. Or am I floating?

The Tau’s construction, continuously variable timing, variable air induction and automatic six-speed partner for an impressive powertrain.

This is remarkably quiet, so flying the road at license-revoking speeds is a you can find yourself in quite You simply can’t hear it, it’s idling or spinning at 160kph.

It’s abundance of low-speed is also useful for keeping the pumps at bay, because driving shouldn’t drain the fuel tank at a faster than 12 litres per 100km.

Hyundai Centennial

of all, I should praise the which swaps cogs the smoothness of a Gillette shave.

an overtaking move with cars is usually something I look forward to, since soft nature tends to bob my around as the transmission violently a lower gear at kickdown. The is so finely tuned, that even two gears for a spurt of doesn’t detract from the drive.

Despite the power, its and size obviously don’t it a sports car, so it does to reach for the tarmac during cornering. A Bimmer or Merc is at this bit.

Anyhow, to customers in this luxury car the ride quality is the deal-clincher. Centennial VS460 needn’t then, because it rides as well as a Lexus LS460, and no higher praise than this side of a Rolls-Royce The brilliant result is down to a suspension with aluminium arms in every corner.

Hyundai also included Selective Dampers; air suspension is electronically controlled to provide a ride.

Also noteworthy is the Parking Brake which the vehicle at a stop until the pedal is pressed. Typically, systems make for an uncomfortable off-the line, with the switch over from to accelerating power usually in head bobbing. The Centennial’s seamlessly disengages when you to move again, without any and uncomfortable jerkiness.

The Vehicle Management includes the Lane Warning System, Pre-Safety and Smart Cruise Control. a collision is detected, the system applies full braking and reels in the front seat Other safety credentials two front, four side and two curtain airbags, as well as a airbag, bringing the total to

What’s more, there are helping to eliminate blind with the front one able to its feed automatically every the vehicle is stopped.

Just the only bits of kit missing the Centennial are night-vision,
head-up display and seats, as can be found in some of its

How things change. Lexus was a once, now people accuse of doing the same. But it seems to be a for success, because Hyundai’s attempt at a proper luxury car up as a serious rival to the segment’s rulers.

With a brilliant hugely refined mechanicals and interior, how can you not consider it at the price is offering it? You’re not still put off by the are you?

Sorry, but I simply buy that. If you come to the party and put on the overall show, I don’t if your name is Cletus you can still be my friend.

So the Hyundai is Korea’s great hope in the car war, and judging by history, you give it much of a chance. But is the future, and I reckon it’s one plenty of Centennials running

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