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by Tony West
Cadillac pays homage to the hippest whips of its heyday unveiling the new El Miraj concept. Reminiscent of the 1967 El Dorado, the Ciel Concept’s stepson makes classic car nuts like me drool. The new El Miraj’s extra-long wheelbase matched with a reincarnated sleek slim frame is what the Caddy has been missing the last 10 years. The El Miraj is a continuation of the Ciel Concept, a drop top coupe on display at the 2013 Auto Shows.
For the El Miraj, Cadillac combined innovative sport character and a luxury interior with the Ciel’s pimpish grand coupe body style. Don’t hate. As long as the El Miraj seems, it’s still comprised of lightweight components and performance enhancing traits like air vents in the hood and on the sides behind the front wheels. The rear-wheel-drive El Miraj was designed for “dramatic” performance driving. Powertrain isn’t usually a strong suit with a car that’s 205-inches long. But the new El Miraj’s 4.5 liter V8 boasts a whopping 500 horsepower and 500 lb-ft of torque. The twin-turbocharged V8 uses the same baseline technology behind the Cadillac CTS-V’s V6 engine. Need I say more…
The interior of the Caddy El Miraj is stylish, luxurious, and manly (no offense). The coupe utilizes a cool camel leather driver-focused interior with Brazilian Rosewood adorning a racing inspired cockpit. Cadillac effectively combines performance with sophisticated luxury and old Caddy character. The interior utilizes the familiar wrap-around effect, where the leather, wood, and titanium trim surround the driver and passengers, the center console, and the instrument and media panels. On a long Caddy, this looks awesome.
The front mounted camera will enhance safety features. And the new El Miraj comes with a 10-inch touchscreen that can be concealed in the instrument panel. Another cool feature is the valet function in the rear seats. The rear seats recline and slide forward 4-inches then back when the passengers sit. The front seats slide 10-inches forward. With all this Cat-daddy flair, Cadillac had to put 22-inch wheels on the El Miraj. Ceramic brakes are icing on the cake.