When the falling down dump of a gym that I was going to wanted to raise my yearly fee, I kid you not, 150%, I took my gym bag and sweat socks and enrolled at the hoity toity L.A. Fitness facility that my wife has been a member of now for more than two years. For less than $100 more per year than that dump wanted to charge me I'm now a member of a gym with a gleaming amenities like private showers, carpeted locker rooms and a juice bar! What's more, I've found that the caliber of automobiles in the parking garage next to it to be considerably more blingy than the rusty hulks in the parking lot of that dump I used to go. Case in point, this absolutely stunning 2016 Cadillac ELR.
I can count on one hand with maybe two fingers the number of modern cars that make me do a double take and this ELR is one of them. It's even better looking in person than in photographs. Nice job, Cadillac. This is the best looking thing I've seen you do since your late, great XLR.
So, what exactly is, or I should say, was, a Cadillac ELR? Well, to be honest, it's nothing more than a Chevrolet Volt with a fancier interior, debatably sharper styling, two doors instead of four and...a sticker price thirty five to forty thousand dollars more than a comparable Volt. Whoa. Chevrolet Volts are expensive enough stickering around $35,000 so, GM, what are we getting with this tuxedo of a car we're not getting with the dressed down Volt? The answer? Nichts!
It's rumored that GM's CEO at the time the ELR was first launched back in 2013, a chap named Dan Ackerson, ordered the ELR to be sold at such an exorbitant amount so that GM wouldn't lose their shirt on each one sold. Also to help off set the tooling costs of the Chevrolet Volt. The rumor is unsubstantiated but Detroit is a gossip mill just like Hollywood or Nashville. And you know what they say about rumors, they're almost always true.
Plug in hybrids do come with some serious government backed rebates/discounts/whatever but even a five five figure discount is not enough to off set the sticker price of the ELR so much that it makes any sense. It's a densely packed little thing with no usable back seat that is somehow able to tilt scales at nearly two tons; blame the massive battery that runs down the middle of the car for that. Coupe lover me even knows that most people are going to have a problem with paying that much money for a teeny, tiny two door car. Beguiling good looks and all. Gosh, can you just imagine this thing with the 3.6 liter V-6 and AWD? The gas 2.0 turbo even?
It's no wonder that hybridcars.com announced back in May that GM was discontinuing the ELR after model year 2016. Cadillac sold precious few of these dream machines in fiur years and I'd love to run into the owner of this car and ask them why they bought it. I'd buy it just because I love the way it looks, hybrid nonsense be damned. I respect the owner big time if they said the same. Look at that Cadillac! It's just the thing someone like me needs to drive to their new snooty gym in and use it's leather lined cup holder to hold a smoothie in.