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Cadillac Elmiraj Concept Reveal

There must be something about the Pebble Beach Concours d’elegance that brings the best out in Cadillac; two years ago, there was the gorgeous Cadillac Ciel concept and now we have this latest creation from Caddy’s Arts & Science design skunkworks, called the Elmiraj, whatever that means.

Dubbed “a modern update to the classic two-door grand coupe” by Cadillac (with particular reference to the 1967 Eldorado), the Elmiraj is 5,207 millimetres long, 1,397 mm high, has 22-inch wheels and is powered by a twin-turbo V8 cranking out an estimated 500 horsepower.

Yes, eagle-eyed Caddy-ophiles will see that it makes less hp than the CTS-V Coupe, but we’ll chalk this up to a case of the Elmiraj being all about sophisticated boulevard cruisin’ as opposed to all-out asphalt assault; and, also to the fact that the engine shares much of its architecture with the V6 found in the 2014 CTS Vsport.

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Whatever the case may be, the Elmiraj, while not quite a hard-top version of the Ciel, is a sight to behold with its broad hood, fender and door panels and intricate chrome detailing across the rocker panels, front fender grilles and, of course, the five-corner grille up front.

What’s interesting, however, is actually how understated a lot of the chrome is, perhaps an indication of Caddy moving its models into a more modern dimension. Indeed, while the Elmiraj may not be slated for production (we’ll just have to bug Caddy about that one), many technologies in the lightweight / efficiency vein found within will be making it to future Cadillac products.

It’s also significant because it the first Cadillac to brandish the new “Vsport” badges, Vsport being a Cadillac trim line that sits just below the V-Series cars in the line-up.

Cadillac Elmiraj Concept Reveal

If the exterior isn’t quite futuristic enough for you, then the interior should float your boat. Punctuated by a single, glowing instrument panel that spans the width of the dash, other space-age additions include seats that appear to be lifted from the USS Enterprise and a mouse-like controller likely used to navigated the 10-inch infotainment screen.

Hawt stuff.

Cadillac Elmiraj Concept Reveal

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