‘A Cadillac that I actually want to buy’ RPK
This Cadillac has a real nameplate, ‘Elmiraj’, California’s dry lake El Mirage, home of land speed runs from circa World War II.
Unveiled in August, at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance event, this two-door, four- seat ‘grand coupe’ hopefully sets the stage not only for future models, but actual production. Best of all the Elmiraj is based on General Motors new large car RWD ‘Omega’ platform, which is the basis for Cadillac’s rumored LTS sedan designed to compete with Mercedes Benz S-Class and BMW 7 Series. This new platform features mixed-material construction from the award winning ATS platform for maximum strength and minimum mass. Executive Chief Engineer Dave Leone best describes this architecture design of the current Cadillac ATS and CTS models ‘… serving as the cornerstone of our passenger-car architecture strategy, in terms of materials use, going forward’ (Automotive Engineering International).
Visually, the Elmiraj is near perfect, echoing the 1967 Eldorado. The sharp chiseled Cadillac lines, have been softened, more radiused in line with the current ATS and upcoming 2014 CTS. Dimensionally, the numbers are spot on:
- Overall Length – 205”
- Overall Width – 76”
- Overall Height – 55”
- Curb Weight – 4,000 lbs.
The modern leather interior features transparent analog speedometer and tachometer, with a 10–inch screen in the instrument panel. The understated elegance is paramount.
The greatest secret is the engine, a 4.5L twin turbocharged DOHC V8 churning an estimated 500 horsepower and 500 foot pounds of torque! Although unconfirmed, rumors persist that this engine’s architecture and boosting system is based on the 3.6L twin turbo V6. Is this the new Northstar?
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