Cadillac's stunning Elmiraj Concept Coupe marks a new milestone in General Motors' luxury vehicle division's longstanding efforts to leave its bloated land-barge days in the dust. The 500 horsepower and 500 lb-ft of torque put out by the slick 4-seater's twin-turbo 4.5 liter V8 engine help those troubled times recede into history that much faster.
Resplendent in flawless Indian Blue paint, the Elmiraj Concept Coupe stunned a selected group of guests assembled at a country club in Carmel, California for the introduction. Included was actor/director Clint Eastwood, whose estate lies just across the valley.
The rear-wheel drive Cadillac Elmiraj Concept Coupe is, as its name at least partially implies, a two-door pillarless hardtop. The design displays some vague similarities to the beefy and muscular Bentley Continental GT but the Caddy is a foot longer: 205 inches from bumper to bumper on a 121-inch wheelbase.
The body doesn't look that big from a distance as a full set of 22x9 inch aluminum wheels serve to visually shrink the expanses of sheet metal. The wheels are showy but they're not just for show: carbon-ceramic brake rotors and opposed-piston brake calipers provide serious stopping power for the 265/35 Michelin tires. Check out the highlighted GM-produced video to get a closer look at this jaw-dropping Cadillac concept vehicle.
The Cadillac Elmiraj Concept Coupe's styling announces a bold new evolutionary leap for Cadillac's Arts & Sciences design aesthetic. First introduced in 1999 on the striking EVOQ roadster, A&S has aged surprisingly well without abandoning the brand's signature design cues. According to Clay Dean, GM's executive director of advanced design, “We were influenced by the 1967 Eldorado's design and the fact that, in its time, it represented a stark contrast and a new direction.”
Vertical LED headlights and taillights complement the graceful yet powerful planes of the Cadillac Elmiraj Concept Coupe's bodywork, with the highlight being a front grille whose visual texture changes with the onlooker's viewing angle.
The interior is awash with camel-colored leather and hand-carved Brazilian rosewood accented with backlit titanium strips. The coupe's seating plan features a quartet of luxurious, form-fitting bucket seats with the rear pair offering adjustable backrests for optimum comfort. Of course, the driver's seat is the real place to be in the Cadillac Elmiraj Concept Coupe! (via Car & Driver, images via Hi Consumption)