Just in time for the 2013 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, Cadillac reveals its latest concept car, the magnificent Elmiraj. With a name like that, you know that the car is big and imposing, lavishly equipped, and very powerful. Cadillac describes it “a modern update to the classic format of a two-door grand coupe.“
The Elmiraj is Cadillac’s idea of a four-door coupe ,with a design inspired by the highly acclaimed Ciel concept, revealed at last year’s PBC. The car is 205 inches (5207mm) long, and despite its size, it is said to be light and agile. Curb weight of the Elmiraj is 1814 kg, but hey, that’s light for a Caddy! It uses the same rear-wheel-drive chassis as the new CTS, and is powered by a 500 horsepower 4.5-liter twin turbocharged V8, based on the new Cadillac Twin Turbo V6.
The car has the proportions of a classic American luxury saloon with a long bonnet, pointy edges, and a muscular body. It has functional vents in the hood, sits on 22-x-9-inch aluminum wheels with large ceramic brakes behind them adorned by Cadillac monoblock calipers. A rich blue exterior color is another highlight of the Elmiraj.
The interior of the Cadillac Elmiraj is just as interesting as the exterior, featuring backlit titanium trim curves, camel leather, and wood veneer handpicked from fallen Brazilian Rosewood. It is mixed up with modern equipment such as a wide screen, high resolution display which projects driver information and the output of a front-mounted camera, a 10-inch touchscreen for navigation and connectivity features.
Ever since Cadillac unveiled the Ciel concept, fans and experts alike were telling them to make a version of that car, as it beautifully captured the essence of the traditional American luxury cars. Looks like the Elmiraj is a production-ready version of that concept.