The surprise reveal of a new Cadillac luxury coupe concept took Pebble Beach by surprise today. The 2013 Elmiraj Concept evolves the styling themes seen on the similarly-sized Ciel convertible concept - but also forms a core styling template for the next-gen XTS as well as the 2015 Escalade.
Cadillac has big dreams, and the concepts that come out of those dreams are some of the most stunning and influential - despite few actually making it past the auto show floors. 2003’s Cadillac Sixteen super-limo was even featured in Architectural Digest, while the Imaj and Evoke were the supercar springboard concepts leading to Cadillac’s resurgent Art & Science design philosophy.
Big dreams and big cars - the Cadillac Elmiraj Concept recalls a pivot point in Cadillac ’s history in the 1970s: the launch of the Eldorado personal luxury coupe. A more bizarre source of inspiration is hard to imagine, but Cadillac ’s crystal ball does not show the Elmiraj Pebble Beach concept making it for sale.
Instead of a lightly disguised future model preview (like the CTS show car), the Elmiraj is a mostly a launch platform for new styling ideas, including a new emblem design.
Cadillac is smart to bring this two-door to Pebble Beach. It follows the core rules of collector classics: only one made, only two doors, a giant engine and sumptuous detail work inside and out. In 2113, this Caddy has the right stuff to even take Best in Show.
How about in present day? Would the Elmiraj fare well versus the upcoming Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe ?
Updated8/29/2013: Jay Leno got a personal look at the Elmiraj concept, You can see the video after the jump.
Click past the jump for the full styling analysis of the 2013 Cadillac Elmiraj Concept, with details on the new twin-turbocharged V-8 that brings 500 horsepower to the party.