The Cadillac Elmiraj takes it’s name from El Mirage Lake, and as homage to the 1967 Eldorado’s influence on it design. El Mirage Lake is a dry lake in the California desert that has been used for speed trials of high performance vehicles for 50 years. The reference is fitting since Elmiraj certainly delivers in the performance department. The lightweight Elmiraj has a 4.5-twin turbo charged V8 with an estimated 500 horsepower to propel it’s meer 4,000 lbs of curb weight.
Designed at General Motors’ advanced design studio in North Hollywood, California, the Cadillac Elmiraj is a work of art that was hand built by in-house craftsmen in Michigan. Advanced design director Clay Dean had this to say about the Elmiraj design, “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.”
The Cadillac Elmiraj looks luxurious, fast and powerful. The 205 inches long by 76 inches wide Elmiraj stands 55 inches tall. It’s long front profile, a Cadillac signature, gives the Elmiraj a performance appearence, while the long wheelbase and clean body side characterizes it’s spacious dimensions. The two vents in the car’s long hood add to the Elmiraj’s performance look are functional, acting as hot air outlets for the twin turbo engine. The Elmiraj looks like a leopard in full sprint even when the car is standing still.
Among the many, many interior luxuries are high-performance seats in a 2+2 layout. There is an abundance of rosewood used in the interior, Cadillac says it’s handpicked, fallen Brazilian rosewood, hand-cut into three dimensional sections for perfect control of the grain flow. The car’s instrumentation features a transparent analog tachometer and speedometer, with a wide screen, high resolution display directly behind the gauges that projects information and displays output from a front-mounted camera… and the list goes on.
Cadillac is not putting the Elmiraj into production. Cadillac senior vice president Bob Ferguson said the automaker is just providing a look at where the automaker’s design studios are heading. The Cadillac Elmiraj concept coupe offers a peek inside “how we envision performance and luxury for the next generation of luxury drivers.”