Cadillac reveals Elmiraj concept

16 Aug, 2013 2:46pm Jonathan Burn

Cadillac has unveiled its new Elmiraj concept at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

Cadillac has unveiled a new two-door, four-seat Elmiraj concept at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The Elmiraj gives us an insight in to the future design direction of the brand's luxury models.

The Elmiraj has been labeled a ‘modern update to the classic format of a two-door Grand Coupe’ by Cadillac and picks up where the Ciel Concept, revealed in August 2011, left off.

Although Cadillac has not confirmed whether the Elmiraj is a preview to a new model, some of the design features are likely to translate on to future models. The short overhangs, rakish roofline and long bonnet make for a attention-grabbing interpretation of the classic GT formula. Other features include the exaggerated 22-inch alloy wheels, arrow-like front end and vertical-strip LED lights.

Powered by a 4.5-litre twin-turbo V8, delivering an estimated 500bhp through the rear wheels, the engine is based on the twin-turbo V6 used in the upcoming Cadillac CTS-V but expanded to suit the classic front engined, rear-wheel drive, V8 format of a GT car.

The underpinnings of the Elmiraj concept are part of Cadillac’s ongoing development project that will be used on future models with a focus on lightweight RWD performance.

Inside, the Elmiraj features a lavish cocktail of leather, wood and titanium with bucket seats that automatically slide to allow easier access to passengers. The interior is driver focused with transparent dials sitting in front of a widescreen, hi-res display which projects driver information.

"We were influenced in particular by the 1967 Eldorado, both its actual design and the fact that in its time that car was a very stark contrast and a new direction. More recent design like the CTS-V Coupe and the ELR are provocative," said Dean, Cadillac's advanced design director. "Both of these cars were major statements of performance and luxury and drove Cadillac forward into new territory."