One of the most sensational cars of this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance was, without a doubt, the Cadillac Elmiraj Concept. It is the perfect blend of traditional design with modern features, and according to GM’s own people, it is not going to remain a design study forever. They are working on a production version of the Elmiraj, probably to replace the current CTS Coupe.
So let’s join Jay Leno and his buddy Ed Welburn, design director at GM, who give us an in-depth look at Cadillac Elmiraj and its fine details in this video:
While the four-door convertible Ciel Concept was a bit too big and too fancy to become a reality, the Elmiraj seems just about right for a lush Cadillac Coupe. It is still a pretty sizable car, but a toned down production version could very well rival Mercedes’ upcoming S-Class Coupe.
Cadillac Elmiraj is powered by a 4.5-liter twin turbocharged V8 delivering an estimated 500 hp. The engine takes the baseline technology from the new Cadillac Twin Turbo V6 featured in the upcoming 420-hp 2014 CTS V sport edition, and expands it to the classic performance format of a V8 engine.