While it may be roughly a full year before buyers can get their hands on the 2014 Cadillac ELR, General Motors has been conducting final testing on the range-extended electric car, this time up in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
This round of testing was to evaluate the ELR's handling prowess in winter weather conditions and to complete chassis testing. While the ELR may share much of its underpinnings and powertrain with the Chevrolet Volt, Cadillac's electrified coupe uses a more sophisticated suspension setup with GM's HiPer Strut front setup to help quell torque steer and a continuous damping control to smooth out the ELR's ride.
Part of the reason for testing in the U.P. was to finesse the sporty character Cadillac's engineers wanted to imbue in the ELR. In the video below, ELR vehicle performance engineer Joshua Auden noted that his team wanted to create "a balance between making the car stable for the customer, but also still fun to drive in all situations."
As a refresher, the 2014 Cadillac ELR is the production incarnation of the 2009 Converj concept. Below the sinewy lines, the coupe is powered by a combination of an electric motor, 1.4-liter gas engine, and lithium-ion battery pack, which adds up to 207 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. Cadillac estimates an eight-second 0-to-60-mph time, an electric range of about 35 miles, and a full gas/electric range of over 300 miles. Pricing has yet to be announced, but don't be surprised to see the ELR's price tag crest $70,000 once it goes on sale early next year.