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The 500-HP Cadillac Elmiraj Appears

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On: Wed, Aug 21, 2013 at 3:11PM | By: Chris Weiss

The 500-HP Cadillac Elmiraj Appears

Cadillac always seems to have a head-turning concept to reveal at Concours d'Elegance Pebble Beach. Two years ago, it was the Ciel roadster. This year, Cadillac kept the top on but lets its creativity out with a truly intriguing coupe it calls the Elmiraj. Hopefully, this car is a preview of the rumored flagship model.

What's fun about Cadillac's Pebble Beach concepts, as opposed to concepts from more nuts-and-bolts auto shows, is that they are designed from the inspiration of gut-level driving enjoyment—that Sunday drive down the coast or switchback up the mountain to the lake house. Cadillac says that the Elmiraj picks up right where the Ciel left off and calls the car a modern update on the classic two-door grand coupe. Like the Ciel, the Elmiraj definitely has us thinking about the bold, brash Cadillac two-doors of generations past—think Eastwood in Pink Cadillac.

The Elmiraj's look is defined by a large dash-to-axle proportion, giving it a truly Caddy look. It uses a long wheelbase and clean, simple profile to highlight its large, flowing dimensions. That stretched body is planted on 22-inch wheels and capped off on either end by a set of vertical head and tail lamps.

"Elmiraj advances Cadillac’s provocative modern design and performance, contrasted with bespoke craftsmanship and luxury," said Mark Adams, 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."

If produced today, the Elmiraj would become one of the most powerful Caddies on offer, lagging behind only the CTS-V coupe and sedan. The Elmiraj is motivated by a 500-hp 4.5-liter twin-turbo V8 engine developed from Cadillac's 420-hp twin-turbo V6. That engine powers the rear wheels.

Inside, a very conceptual cabin attempts to blend driver focus with passenger spaciousness. Elements of note include backlit titanium trim, Brazilian rosewood veneers, and four adjustable bucket seats. The transparent analog tachometer and speedometer are laid over a high-resolution wide screen that shows views from a front-mounted camera, along with driver information. The 10-inch infotainment touchscreen hides inside the instrument panel when it's not in use.

Cadillac hasn't confirmed our hopes that the Elmiraj will inspire the RWD flagship we've been hearing so much about, but it does say: "Elmiraj is constructed with chassis and structural elements of an ongoing Cadillac vehicle development project slated for future production." Combine that with the fact that we heard the Ciel would be used for styling inspiration, and we're hopeful that something looking like the Elmiraj will eventually become a real Caddy.

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