Cadillac Elmiraj

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Cadillac Elmiraj
Elmiraj LA Auto Show 2013 (lateral view) cropped.jpg
Cadillac Elmiraj shown at the 2013 LA Auto Show
Overview
Manufacturer Cadillac (General Motors)
Production 2013 (Concept car)
Designer Niki Smart
Body and chassis
Class Full-size luxury car
Body style 2-door, 4-seat hardtop coupe
Layout Front-engine, rear-wheel drive
Platform in development
Related Cadillac Ciel
Powertrain
Engine 4.5-liter Twin Turbo V8,
approx. 500 hp / 367 kW,
torque 500 lb-ft / 678 Nm
Dimensions
Length 5,207.0 mm (205 in)
Width 1,930.4 mm (76 in)
Height 1,397.0 mm (55 in)
Curb weight approx. 1,814 kg (4,000 lb)
Chronology
Predecessor Cadillac Ciel
Successor Cadillac Escala

The Cadillac Elmiraj is a concept car created by Cadillac and unveiled at the 2013 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance on August 15, 2013.[1] It continues the development begun by the Cadillac Ciel concept car. It was named for the El Mirage dry lake bed that was used for high speed runs.[2]

Overview[edit]

The car is a 2-door, 4-seat full-size luxury coupe. It is 205 inches (5207mm) long, and powered by a 4.5-liter twin turbocharged V8 delivering an estimated 500 hp. It features a pillarless hardtop profile, a body style abandoned by U.S. automakers since the late 1970s.

The car is driven by the rear wheels. The Elmiraj is "constructed with chassis and structural elements of an ongoing Cadillac vehicle development project slated for future production".[1] According to an blog article claiming to be informed by an insider, this platform is under development by the name of Omega, to underpin future top-of-the-line Cadillac cars to compete with the European premium class like the Audi A8, BMW 7 Series, and Mercedes-Benz S-Class.[3]

Niki Smart, lead exterior designer on the Elmiraj project said “We wanted a mature statement for Cadillac where simplicity and subtle adornments create a purposeful presence.” [4]

“Elmiraj advances Cadillac’s provocative modern design and performance, contrasted with bespoke craftsmanship and luxury,” said Mark Adams, who was back then Cadillac design director. “It explores performance driving, as well as how we’re approaching elevating the Cadillac range and new dimensions of Art & Science philosophy.”[1]

The Elmiraj was exposed to a larger public at the 2013 IAA (Internationale Automobilausstellung) in Frankfurt, Germany.[5]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Elmiraj Concept Explores Top of Cadillac's Range". media.cadillac.com (Press Release). August 15, 2013. Retrieved 18 September 2013. 
  2. ^ Seabaugh, Christian (November 2013). "Cadillac Elmiraj Concept". Motor Trend. 65 (11): 12–13. 
  3. ^ Luft, Alex (August 16, 2013). "GM's New Omega Platform Underneath Cadillac Elmiraj Concept". gmauthority.com/blog. Retrieved 18 September 2013. 
  4. ^ Patton, Phil (August 13, 2013). "The Cadillac Elmiraj Concept: A Little British, a Little French, a Lot American". wheels.blogs.nytimes.com/. Retrieved 22 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "Cadillac unveils two European Premiers at Frankfurt Motor Show". media.cadillaceurope.com (Press release). September 10, 2013. Retrieved 18 September 2013.