I wasn't the target audience for an ELR nor was I even remotely considering an ELR. I thought it was what all of you thought it was, an overpriced Volt. I mean come on! It shares the same drive train! The DRIVE TRAIN! That must mean it's the same exact car right? Surely there's no way it's any different or better or worth the price? Well, I wouldn't pay 75 thousand dollars for one, but that's because I'm the type of person who'd rather buy a couple projects, but believe me, this car is worth every freaking penny.
First things first, yes, it shares the drive train with the Volt. I get it, it's a front wheel drive, 75 thousand dollar Cadillac that isn't even all that fast. Ok, so what is it? Well it's the revival of the PLC (Personal Luxury Coupe) it's big, it commands a presence and did I mention that it looks absolutely, freaking gorgeous? Because, yeah, it does. The exterior is as if an XTS and a concept car made love, the black paint is exceptional and the turbine wheels fill the arches wonderfully. I'll be honest and say I wasn't a huge fan of the grille at first. These filled in ones aren't as nice to me. It's actually my biggest gripe with the Tesla Model S, an otherwise gorgeous car let down completely by it's ugly snout. I wish it was black instead of smokey grey, and the dealer told me they can order me a black one (for 900 bucks!!) but I think I'll be able to deal.
I have my toy, so I do not care in the slightest about going very fast in this, I wanted this to do exactly what my daily driver was doing before it, eat up highway miles in my daily commute to work and back. That's it. I'm not looking for a corner carver or a back road special, I'm looking for the single most comfortable way to do my 30 miles to and from work a day.
Some of you might say that for the price they ask for one of these that it should be able to do a lot more, and I'm not inclined to agree. This car was designed for people much wealthier than me, for their personal day to day driving. For an executive plus one to go places in style and absolute luxury. Honestly, the electric part is pretty secondary to that ideal. Sure it's whisper quiet, which is very disorienting when you're used to driving a V8 or Turbo6, but when you put your foot down the torque is the real saving grace. The ELR subscribes to the Rolls Royce notion of "adequate" power and excessive torque, and I can see why, enough grunt to get to you to cruising speed in a reasonable time but not enough horsepower to go "hooligan" speeds. Honestly, I couldn't care less about the power because the real star of the show is the interior.
I've driven many a luxury car ranging from reasonably priced to ludicrously priced. And I've been super impressed with what the two American luxury brands are doing with interiors. Different levels of course, but in each segment I was frankly, blown away. The ELR is just flat out a wonderful place to be. The seats are as comfortable as I've sat in a while and the materials are all premium, no simulated plastic here. It's not a Bentley Brooklands in here, but it's about as close as you're gonna get to one of those without spending 6 figures. Historically, I've been pretty anti-American marquees because of their "good-enough" approach to interiors. It's where you spend your time when you drive, it should be the best it can be. Thankfully they've done a sharp 180 in the last three years. The ELR is as good an interior as any German marquee on the road, I'd be willing to bet that it's better than any of them under 100k.