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Finally! Cadillac is Prepping a Production Elmiraj

Taking the fight straight to the likes of the Mercedes S-Class.

Despite many assertions from GM and other Cadillac execs, we still failed to see any serious proof that a production version of the Cadillac Elmiraj Concept was happening. That is, until today. Our spy photographers were recently in Michigan and they snapped these photos of an Elmiraj prototype undergoing initial testing. Codenamed "O1SL," the prototype has four-door coupe styling and sources claim production will begin in late 2015.

Now, this new rear-wheel-drive flagship will initially debut as a four-door coupe, but a coupe and convertible are expected to follow sometime in 2016. The car will ride on a new RWD chassis developed by Holden, but its engine lineup hasn’t been decided yet. Rumor has it that anything from a turbocharged four-cylinder, through a twin-turbo V6, to an updated version of GM’s 5.3-liter V8 could be utilized. Even a production version of the Elmiraj concept’s twin-turbo V8 is possible. Whichever engine wins out, it’ll be paired to either a nine- or ten-speed transmission. GM also trademarked "LTS" earlier this year, so expect for the Elmiraj name to be dropped.

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