• Image Credit: Chris Doane Automotive
  • Image Credit: Chris Doane Automotive
  • Image Credit: Chris Doane Automotive
  • Image Credit: Chris Doane Automotive
  • Image Credit: Chris Doane Automotive
  • Image Credit: Chris Doane Automotive
  • Image Credit: Chris Doane Automotive
  • Image Credit: Chris Doane Automotive
  • Image Credit: Chris Doane Automotive
Could it be? Could Cadillac be working on an even higher-end version of its ELR plug-in hybrid? Well, General Motors' Executive Vice President Mark Reuss has gone on record as... well, not saying much. The exec was more than a bit coy on video (which you can view below) when asked about the idea of an ELR-V, although he did say that Cadillac was looking at "expanding the tuning envelope" for its plug-in coupe. What that means could be hinted at in these spy photos.

Cadillac is certainly up to something with this little red ELR. As is often the case, it's the car's enhanced brakes that give it away. Bigger binders are a telltale sign of sportier aspirations, and it's safe to say that rule applies with the ELR. The larger rotors and four-piston Brembo calipers are sourced from the Buick Regal GS, which we imagine would be plenty to bring the high-priced hybrid to a halt.

Obscuring those rotors and calipers are larger, double-armed five-spoke wheels. And, according to our spies, hiding behind that camouflage is a new grille. Outside of those two items, though, there's not much aesthetic change.

Perhaps the biggest hint that Cadillac is looking at a more potent ELR is the vehicle this car was being tested with – a Tesla Model S. The poster-child for the EV movement is a known performer, so it'd make sense that Cadillac is benchmarking this car against it.

Despite these bits of evidence, though, we're still far from convinced. Building an ELR-V seems to go against everything Cadillac is trying to do with both the ELR and the V range. Instead, we're betting this will become a VSport, following in the footsteps of the new CTS VSport.

That could explain the new brakes as well as the aesthetic changes, but not necessarily the Model S being tested alongside it – we suppose it's possible that GM could add a bit of grunt to the ELR's powertrain. What do you think is going on here? Take a look up top at the photos and then scroll down to see Reuss' reaction to the ELR-V question and to and have your say in Comments.


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      vegasstyleguy
      • 8 Months Ago
      Saw the ELR this weekend. The only thing wrong with this car is that it should be named Eldorado. By the way, the showroom was packed like a Macy's Christmas sale and I was probably the oldest person there at 51.
      Bernard
      • 8 Months Ago
      The ELR needs to be cheaper. Hopefully they'll fix that.
      CarEnthusiastRTP
      • 8 Months Ago
      I hate the way this looks. It's like a wedge of cheese meets a Cadillac CTS coupe and this is their spawn. The ELR is also ridiculously overpriced, underpowered, and in every aspect - simply underwhelming.
      gslippy
      • 8 Months Ago
      They're not going to do doodly jack with this car. The ELR is all but dead, having sold 254 units between the US and Canada in 5 months' time. Raising its miserable performance a bit means raising the price, making it all the more ridiculous. I think they'll kill it at the end of 2014.
      Dwight Bynum Jr.
      • 8 Months Ago
      Yeah, because the current $75,000 base price simply isn't ridiculous enough...
      danfred311
      • 8 Months Ago
      Even slower, heavier and more expensive?
      :)
      • 8 Months Ago
      How retarted are you to compare the ELR to the i3? Or even the Tesla S for that mater???? It's a freaking 2+2 Coupe!!!!! The Tesla S is a large 4 dr hatch back with even a rumble seat..... The i3 is a commuter flip door hatch box car???? Why would anyone compare these 3 cars in any way???? I think I'll go shop the Corvette and the 7Series..... Or maybe the Toyota Solara vs the Chrysler 300! Moron........... If anything compare how the ELR is $40,000 less than the upcoming i8....... Yes the i8 is way more powerful but at what price ?
        BillFrac the Car Guy
        • 8 Months Ago
        @:)
        Please do not "bravely" hide behind a "smiley face" emoticon and use the pejorative, disgusting and antiquated term "retarted". Does that mean you ate the last tart and got another one?Hasn't anyone in your family or circle of friends ever been touched by a sweet soul with this condition? Your otherwise spot-on comment was tarnished by the use of a term that most intelligent people find offensive. Good day!
      BryanGx
      • 8 Months Ago
      I just hope we don't have another round of TV ads with that smug a-hole guy telling us how smart and successful and awesome he is, then admitting to blowing $75,000 of his hard-earned money on one of these silly things.
      domingorobusto
      • 8 Months Ago
      Or they could just be getting intelligent and they're throwing the GS drivetrain under it wholesale. That's a damn good looking body, I'd love to see them throw out the hybrid nonsense and give it a real sporting drivetrain. Bump the GS' LNF up to 350 hp, keep the AWD, and you'd have an awesome little sports coupe.
        CarEnthusiastRTP
        • 8 Months Ago
        @domingorobusto
        There is nothing successful about the ELR. It's unattractive, comically overpriced, and it's powertrain is so underpowered. When the words Tesla Model S and BMW i3 are mentioned, this even further proves how poorly GM executed this vehicle. I'm not an electric or hybrid car fan at all, but those two models I mentioned are much stronger competitors in this segment. They could shove an LS6 under the hood, and it's still going to be an overpriced, hideous wedge that's super heavy.
      Levine Levine
      • 8 Months Ago
      Cadillac is a damaged brand courtesy of the knuckleheads of GM who call themselves CEOs. Nobody really care about a Caddy anymore, just like the Chrysler Imperial and Lincoln Continental. When there's Lexus, BMW, Mercedes and Tesla, why bother with a Caddy.
        TruthHertz
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Levine Levine
        Caddy at least has their own models that you won't find in the Chevy or Buick lines. Every Lincoln is a badge engineered Ford.
      Thipps
      • 8 Months Ago
      Ok most of us really like the Tesla, but what i dont get is why that car gets a free pass with that horrible interior? I have driven both and the ELR's interior is MUCH nicer. Also full EV's are not for everyone so why is there so much hate for the ELR? I Mean it seems the logic here is if you like the Tesla you cant like the Cadillac.
        jeff
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Thipps
        I prefer the interior in the Model S. I like it clean not cluttered... Different tastes I guess...
      Mr Sled
      • 8 Months Ago
      Shuffling chairs on the deck of the Titanic.
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