Do you remember when General Motors’ Executive Vice President Mark Reuss was asked about the possibility of a high performance version of the ELR plug-in hybrid? The long-time exec said putting Magnetic Ride on the car isn’t feasible because that would take away from the car’s range, but he noted that there is room to “expand the tuning envelope” of the plug-in hybrid if they wanted to.
At first it sounded like typical PR speak with not much to it, but new spy shots from Autoblog indicate that Cadillac may indeed be working on a performance version of the ELR. The model spotted is fitted with sportier black wheels which appear to have been installed in order to accommodate a larger set of brakes that Autoblog believes were lifted from the Regal GS.
Hiding under the camouflaged front end is a new grille, possibly one which incorporates Cadillac’s new wreathless emblem, which rounds off the obvious indicators of this being a higher performance ELR.
According to Autoblog, the car was spotted testing alongside the Tesla Model S. This, even more so than the brakes and wheels, is the biggest indication that Cadillac is looking at enhancing the performance of the ELR. The Model S is available in a performance ‘P85’ version, which gives it the equivalent of 416 horsepower and enough juice to embarrass a BMW M5 in the quarter mile, so if this is actually a performance-focused ELR, it’s in good company.
Will it be a full-on ‘V’ like Reuss was asked in Detroit? Probably not. This could just be a mild refresh to make some small improvements and to change the front bumper to accommodate Caddy’s new emblem, though we’d love to see a performance plug-in hybrid from the brand.
Check out the photos here and let us know what you think this prototype may be in the comments.