The Cadillac Elmiraj concept is still creating a furor weeks after its public debut at Pebble Beach 2013.
Speculation is rampant about the concept’s direct market potential as well as its broad influence over many future Cadillac decisions. Such is the price of an absolutely knockout concept car, one that nailed the seaside mood of the year and, perhaps, this summer’s automotive zeitgeist.
Big words for big luxury cars. The collective consciousness that Cadillac’s Elmiraj put on four wheels is one of uncertainty about the future, but also shaping that future to our wildest dreams.
As such, the Elmiraj is very important, despite being just a subtle nip and tuck versus the Ciel of 2012. Purple paint became blue, the grille lost its chintzy plastic egg crates, and a new badge was born without the wreath.
But what should Cadillac do with the Elmiraj? Should it inspire a new version of the on-again, off-again 2016 Cadillac Fleetwood limousine? Personal Luxury coupes are well and good for the 1-percent crowd, but could never offer real brand power, sales volume or the high-profile flagship duties a true rear-drive Cadillac sedan should.
A well-executed Fleetwood could even serve as a new armored upgrade of the current presidential limo: DTS-styled 3500HD pickup truck, affectionately referred to as "The Beast."
A special contributor to GM Inside News has visions of a future Fleetwood that are addictive to watch. In its enhancements of the Elmiraj concept, there at least three viable models looking ready for sale tomorrow at $75,000. This is truly a knockout series of digital renderings about a future Elmiraj-inspired Cadillac lineup.
Low roof, high roof, stretched, coach doors, no B-pillar: they all whir by in a mind-bending blur. There are even two crossover versions to ponder.
Design credit for these speculative renderings is firmly with whiz kid "MonaroSS" of GM Inside News, who wishes to remain anonymous, but this TopSpeed-exclusive animation now belongs to the ages.
Click past the jump to feast your eyes on all these possible future Cadillac’s, including various Fleetwood limo’s and Elmiraj-based crossovers.
Updated 10/15/2013: This article has been updated with the final video and a charming piano soundtrack.
You can always count on Jay Leno to have some of the finest guests on his show. That’s par for the course when you’re the guy many consider one of the most hardcore celebrity car nuts in the world.
So when the recently unveiled Cadillac Elmiraj Concept made a stop at Jay Leno’s Garage, nobody was really surprised. After all, it was only a few weeks ago when the car turned a lot of heads at Pebble Beach when it made its debut.
So naturally, with the close proximity and all, the next stop for the Elmiraj figured to be in Leno’s web show.
In the latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage, Leno talks about the impressive characteristics of the Elmiraj while highlighting the noticeable styling influence of Cadillac’s new design language. Joining him was GM’s VP of Global Design, Ed Welburn, who proceeded to educate Jay on the design of futures on the Elmiraj while also taking the time to talk about how the Elmiraj will inspire future Cadillac models moving forward.
As is often the case, nobody can bring more life to cars than a guy like Jay Leno even with a concept that’s already as awesome as the Cadillac Elmiraj Concept.
Click past the jump to read more about the Cadillac Elmiraj Concept
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.