2016 Cadillac ELR “Sport” Emerges With Reduced Electric Range

2 years ago by Eric Loveday 36

2016 Cadillac ELR & ELR Sport (via EPA)

2016 Cadillac ELR & ELR Sport (via EPA)

Cadillac ELR

Cadillac ELR

With the recent announced demise of the current iteration of the Cadillac ELR, we decided to go back and have another look at the latest updated version for 2016, and found something interesting via the range and official trim levels of the Caddy.

When perusing the EPA’s worksheet database, we noticed that the ELR is listed as both the 2016 Cadillac ELR and the 2016 Cadillac ELR Sport.

The standard ELR has all-electric range listed at 40 miles combined (3 miles more than in 2015), whereas the “Sport” version only gets 36 miles combined. The “Sport” version returns lower composite MPG too.

Cadillac’s original “New For 2016” press release on the ELR includes mentions of a “redesigned electric drive system, boosting horsepower by 29 percent and torque by 26 percent,” as well as lots of other changes, but nowhere do we find Cadillac explaining the ELR “Sport” specifically as a separate model, nor do we see any indication from Cadillac that “Sport” results in reduced all electric range.

Some additional digging confirmed that “Sport” is actually an option package, as shown below:

Optional Performance Package Equals "Sport"

Optional Performance Package Equals “Sport”

However, there’s no mention that we could find on the page that states electric range will be reduced with the addition of the performance package.

Our guess is that the performance summer tires (likely not low-rolling resistance) contribute significantly to the reduced range (and lower MPG ratings) of the ELR Sport.

Just something to keep in mind if you decide on the Sport version of the ELR.

2016 Cadillac ELR Electric Range Listed At 40 Miles

Quick comparison of the 2016 Cadillac ELR (still using the 1st generation Voltec platform) and 2016 Chevrolet Volt

For Reference: 2015 Cadillac ELR Electric Range Listed At 37 Miles

For Reference: 2015 Cadillac ELR Electric Range Listed At 37 Miles, With 2015 Stats on the Volt, BMW i3, and BMW i8

Press release from Cadillac on the 2016 edition below:

2016 Cadillac ELR Gets Some Styling Tweaks

2016 Cadillac ELR Gets Some Styling Tweaks

NEW FOR 2016
Redesigned electric drive system, boosting horsepower by 29 percent and torque by 26 percent
Enhanced handling, steering and braking
Cadillac CUE with Apple CarPlay capability
OnStar with 4G LTE connectivity and Wi-Fi hotspot
Available performance equipment package

PRODUCT INFORMATION
2016 CADILLAC ELR POWERS AHEAD WITH PERFORMANCE, TECHNOLOGY

With improved acceleration, more powerful performance components and the latest in connectivity, the 2016 Cadillac ELR is driving the luxury segment with upgrades that challenge the preconceptions of extended-range electric vehicles.

Extensive upgrades to the new model include a revised electric drive system, which increases horsepower and torque by more than 25 percent with an improved acceleration time. More responsive brakes also contribute greater performance, while retuned chassis and steering combine for better handling.

A new Performance Package available on the ELR also improves handling and braking with 20-inch summer-only performance tires on new sport wheels, front Brembo four-piston brake calipers, specific calibrations for the continuous damping control and electric power steering systems and a sport steering wheel with a thicker rim.

2016 Cadillac ELR

2016 Cadillac ELR

On the exterior, an updated grille and Cadillac crest add to the sleek and aerodynamic design of the vehicle. Inside, connectivity through the Cadillac CUE system reaches new heights with phone integration technology through Apple CarPlay, as well as OnStar 4G LTE connectivity and Wi-Fi hotspot, which technology provides a mobile hub for drivers and passengers to stay connected wherever and whenever they like. The hotspot is on whenever the vehicle is on and comes with a three-month/three gigabyte data trial.

ELR propulsion and drive technology

All 2016 ELRs contain both battery control software and drive system hardware upgrades that improve power and acceleration, with EV range growing on the base model.

Additionally, the 2016 ELR has a modified Sport mode that enables the propulsion system to combine engine and electric motor power to take the ELR from 0-60 in 6.4 seconds. ELR continues to offer Regen on Demand, recipient of Green Car Journal’s 2014 Green Car Technology Award. Enhanced for the 2016 model to improve deceleration, Regen on Demand allows the driver to temporarily regenerate energy from the ELR’s momentum into electricity and store in the battery pack for later use.

Regen on Demand is useful when decelerating for turning, at a stop sign or at a traffic light, reclaiming energy that is stored in the battery. Regen on Demand is engaged via steering-wheel paddles adapted from traditional performance cars.

2016 Cadillac ELR

2016 Cadillac ELR

The ELR offers a full driving range of up to 340 miles (550 km), combining pure electric driving and an efficient, range-extending 1.4L gasoline-powered engine-generator. It’s a combination that means most daily commutes will require zero gasoline with zero tailpipe emissions. Longer trips are free from electric-vehicle range anxiety because the ELR’s technology enables the long-distance travel similar to vehicles powered only by gasoline.

The T-shaped battery pack is located along the centerline of the vehicle, between the front and rear wheels, for optimal weight distribution. The 5.5-foot-long (1.6 m), 435-pound (198 kg) pack supplies energy to an advanced electric drive unit capable of 373 lb-ft of instant torque (506 Nm) to propel the vehicle.

Using only the energy stored in the battery, the ELR will deliver an estimated range of about 39 miles (60 km) of pure electric driving, depending on terrain, driving techniques and temperature. The optional Performance Package includes 20-inch summer-only tires, which offer additional handling grip. Consequently, the EV range is reduced to 36 miles.

ELR’s battery can be charged using either a 120- or 240-volt charger. The vehicle can be completely recharged in about five hours using 240V charging, depending on the outside temperature. The battery is covered by an eight-year/100,000-mile warranty or 10 years/150,000 miles in states following Air Resource Board guidelines.

2016 Cadillac ELR Interior

2016 Cadillac ELR Interior

Phone integration technology

Apple CarPlay phone integration technology puts iPhone features (iPhone 5 and later) on the display in a smart, simple manner. Many features can be controlled via voice commands through a steering wheel button, helping drivers spend more time with their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.

Apple CarPlay takes the iPhone features most owners want to access while driving and puts them on the vehicle’s display to allow drivers to make calls, send and receive messages and listen to music right from the touchscreen or by voice via Siri. Apple CarPlay-supported apps include Phone, Messages, Maps, Music and compatible third-party apps. A full list of those apps can be found at Apple.com/ios/carplay.

Android Auto compatibility will be available later in the 2016 model year.

2016 Cadillac ELR Tech

2016 Cadillac ELR Tech

Staying connected

New and enhanced technologies are making their way into every facet of customers’ lives so the addition of OnStar 4G LTE with standard built-in Wi-Fi hotspot is a welcome feature on the new ELR. A mobile hub designed for drivers and passengers to stay connected, the hotspot is always on when the vehicle is on. It comes with a three-month/three-gigabyte data trial, whichever comes first. 4G LTE is the most current and fastest mobile data network and the Wi-Fi hotspot supports up to seven connected devices.

ELR drivers and passengers can also recharge their enabled phones wirelessly with a new magnetic inductive charge spot on the instrument panel. There is no need to plug the phone in for charging, leaving the ELR’s USB ports free for other devices.

Also enhancing connectivity and convenience for 2016, a new Text Messaging Alerts feature connects smartphone users with their Bluetooth profile (M.A.P.), to reads incoming texts through the vehicle’s speakers. Additionally, Siri Eyes Free for iPhone iOS 6 and iOS 7 users enhances convenience by enabling voice-controlled connectivity, to help keep phones safely stored and hands on the wheel.

Cadillac’s CUE with Navigation is another integral component of the ELR’s driving experience, displaying energy usage and charging options in addition to the standard infotainment options, such as phone contacts and song information.

2016 Cadillac ELR

2016 Cadillac ELR

Driving experience

The Cadillac ELR provides an engaging driving experience, supported by the EREV propulsion system calibrated for uncompromising performance. Acceleration in the city and on the highway, including merging and passing, is achieved with reassuring power on demand.

The ELR’s Sport mode features steering calibration and suspension setting revisions that contribute to a more responsive driving experience. It is one of four driver-selectable choices that help make the most of the ELR’s driving experience for a variety of driving styles and conditions. The others are:

Tour mode: The default setting on the ELR is expected to be used most often and provides the greatest driving comfort and efficiency.
Mountain mode: Mountain mode automatically adjusts the system to provide needed power in mountainous environments when vehicle performance could otherwise be compromised. Mountain mode allows the ELR to sustain a sufficient state of charge so supplemental power is available from the battery if needed.
Hold mode: Hold mode allows owners to direct when the ELR uses its gas-powered electric generator, reserving the remaining battery charge for later use. This feature helps enhance efficiency because owners who mix city and highway driving can save the battery charge for city travel.

Driving confidence is further enhanced by advanced suspension and damping systems, including Continuous Damping Control – which adjusts damping every two milliseconds – to help maintain optimal vehicle ride control over varying road surfaces and profiles. The ELR rolls on 20-inch wheels with specially engineered low-rolling-resistance tires designed to balance excellent control and cornering capability with efficiency.

A solid, stable foundation underpins the ELR, featuring a body-frame-integral structure with main underbody rails running continuously from front to rear. Advanced, high-strength steels add strength and conserve weight.

Additional contributors to the ELR’s driving experience include:

2016 Cadillac ELR

2016 Cadillac ELR

Wide front and rear tracks – 62.1 inches (1,578 mm) in front and 62.4 inches (1,585 mm) in the rear – along with a long wheelbase (106.1 inches / 2,695 mm) and a low center of gravity
HiPer Strut front suspension featuring lightweight forged aluminum components for reduced weight and more nimble, responsive action
Dual-pinion, rack-mounted electric power steering system with premium ZF steering gear designed to provide excellent feedback while helping to save fuel
A semi-independent rear compound-crank suspension with Watts link that incorporates weight-optimized trailing arms to absorb lateral forces, allowing the suspension to be tuned to handle vertical, forward and rearward motions
Hydraulic ride bushings in the front and rear suspensions
An electro-hydraulic regenerative brake system that captures energy and sends it to the battery pack
Standard chassis control systems include anti-lock brakes, traction control and StabiliTrak electronic stability control.
For 2016, the ELR’s handling, steering and braking performance is enhanced with comprehensive changes designed to improve handling precision while maintaining excellent driving comfort. The enhancements include:

New bushings for the lower control arms, cradle mounts and Watts link (rear suspension)
Enhanced front HiPer strut calibration
Increased front spring rates and a stiffer rear axle
The addition of a front damper rebound spring
Revised CDC hardware calibrations
New steering calibration tuned to match revised chassis
Improved braking feel comes from revised hardware and system calibration.
Because the ELR operates so quietly in all-electric mode, a driver-activated feature sounds a noise to alert pedestrians, particularly those with impaired vision, in an intersection. The alert was developed in conjunction with the American Federation of the Blind.

Interior features

Luxury appointments, great proportions and a flowing and ergonomic cockpit incorporating the latest technology interface were top priorities for the ELR interior design team. A continuous feature line from the instrument panel through the doors to the back glass creates a complete and harmonious cockpit environment.

ELR’s 2+2 layout features a blend of carefully selected materials, including available carbon fiber and ultra-premium semi-aniline leather seating. The front seats feature standard heat – including auto heat with programmable automatic activation – and an eight-way power adjustment. (Ten-way power adjustment is optional.) They’re complemented by a heated, leather wrapped/microfiber-accented steering wheel.

For 2016, the ELR comes with standard Driver Assistance active safety systems, including Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and IntelliBeam headlamps. Lane Change Alert and a new vehicle security system are also standard. Adaptive cruise control with Front Automatic Braking is available.

Additional interior features include:

Cut-and-sew interior
Available semi-aniline full leather seating
Sueded microfiber headliner and supporting trim
Eight-inch configurable instrument and driver information displays, offering four configurations ranging from elegantly simple to technologically detailed information
Three USB ports
Power-assist covered storage/cup holder in the center console
Fold-down rear seatbacks to accommodate longer items such as skis and golf clubs
Choreographed LED-powered accent lighting
Bose® 10-speaker premium sound system, including subwoofer
Active noise cancellation
Full-speed range adaptive cruise control is available
Standard keyless access, keyless starting (push-button start) and remote starter
Standard rear-vision camera system
Standard power-tilting/telescoping steering column
Interior colors: Cashmere, Jet Black and Kona/Black Semi Aniline Leather.
Exterior highlights

The Cadillac ELR has a provocative, forward-leaning profile that represents a progressive theme and proportion in Cadillac’s design evolution. Its overall shape is reinforced by a prominent, sweeping body line accented by 20-inch wheels pushed to the edges of the body.

Vertical headlamp and taillamp elements create Cadillac’s signature for the ELR, day or night and from the front or rear – a brand tradition since 1948. The 2016 model is instantly identifiable, too, wearing the new Cadillac crest prominently on the grille and in other places throughout the vehicle.

Aerodynamics play a crucial role in the ELR’s design, as airflow is managed to help the vehicle slip through the air with minimal drag. A flush front fascia and grille – with active shutters behind the grille opening – as well as tapered fascia corners, enable air to move easily around the car to reduce drag. In the rear, sharp edges and an artfully designed spoiler also manage airflow. An aggressive rake on the windshield and back glass help reduce turbulence and drag and contribute to ELR’s 0.31 coefficient of drag.

Additional exterior details include:

Door handles hidden in recesses behind the doors
The charge port is located on the driver’s side front fender for convenient access
Lights on the side mirrors pulse green while the battery charges and go dark when charging is complete
Exterior colors: Crystal White Tricoat (premium charge), Black Raven, Radiant Silver Metallic, Graphite Metallic and Crystal Red Tintcoat (premium charge).
Manufacturing

The Cadillac ELR is manufactured at General Motors’ Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant, the world’s only automotive manufacturing facility that mass-produces extended-range electric vehicles for global markets in 21 countries. It is also home to Southeast Michigan’s largest photovoltaic solar array. The 264,000-square-foot feature generates up to 516 kilowatts of electricity – enough to charge 150 ELRs per day.

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36 responses to "2016 Cadillac ELR “Sport” Emerges With Reduced Electric Range"

  1. gizmo says:

    This car is an example of how GM really lost touch with reality. When the converj concept came out it was awesome! then they put the volt guts in it and made it the same price as the base tesla model S. DUMB! it looks fast, but that volt guts are sloooow. In 2014 when this came out the Base model tesla was 5.5 seconds 0-60 mph the ELR was 8.7 seconds 0-60 mph. this is all an epic fail for GM. the only thing they got right was the design. they must think people are dumb and dont know the difference in specs. just ranting, i know everyone knows these facts…

  2. RexxSee says:

    “GM really lost touch with reality” Au contraire!
    They are all in the process of slowly re-killing the electric car. They kill the demand, they never compete(never a better spec than Tesla, even for 2020 vaporware’s “Tesla Killers” that barely match what Tesla sells from 2012. They roll out a lot of hybrids, lame PHEVs with ridiculous AER, very few BEVs with good specs, and if a model really sells well or potentially would (Outlander, NV200, RAV4) They restrain the availability or kill it.
    While all the eyes will be focused on the ~30,000 units Bolt for next year, no other company announce better range than 200 miles. Tesla did +250 5 years before with no expertise nor money or facilities..

    There is NO competition. The game is rigged.

    1. Mister G says:

      Nailed it…weak demand for EVs justifies production of gas guzzlers or business as usual…who cares about the Earth’s atmosphere.

      1. Tim says:

        “Nailed it…weak demand for EVs”
        There is your answer. Demand, GM is seeing the most demand(outside of Tesla) then any other automaker, weak PHEVs? GM is the only manufacturer that has a PHEV over 25 miles AER and they have 2( Volt & ELR) and the new Volt is 53 Miles.

        GM sees demand growing for BEVs thats why they developed the Spark EV and Bolt EV. GM is a Global high volume manufacturer that has been around for 108 years.GM is good at mass market cars that require them to be affordable (why ELR failed) Tesla on the other hand takes they opposite approach, they said hey we can make it really expensive and limit our loss since we don’t sell as many and many years down the line we will create an affordable one.
        Tesla built a brand and that gives it momentum, GM is trying to recover from a tarnished name which has heart them immensely.

        1. RexxSee says:

          They continuously KILL demand. No recharging infrastructure, dealers that hides them, weak range, high price and no availability on top of lack of adequate advertising.

          The sales curve for EVs would be exponential instead of flat if there was some sort of real competition. There is NOT. There is a powerful Big OIL/CAR century old cartel that impose his way.

          1. Taser54 says:

            There has to be demand first for GM to “kill” it. You’ve offered little support to show that demand was initially there.

            1. ModernMarvelFan says:

              “You’ve offered little support”

              He doesn’t need evidence, only conspiracy theories…

          2. Yup says:

            Let’s look at your claims one by one.
            – No recharging infrastructure. That’s true, but it’s also true that no other manufacturer besides Tesla has their own charging infrastructure. There is lots of lip service, but no intercity chargers. So GM is on par with everyone else except Tesla in that respect.
            – Dealers hide them. This is on a per dealer basis, and the same charge has been leveled against every other manufacturer that has to use dealerships.
            – Weak range. They have the longest range PHEV, and will have the longest range affordable BEV at the end of this year.
            – High price. Maybe you’re just talking about the ELR, because all of their other offerings are competitive. The Volt is a good value, and the Spark is probably the best value on the market for a BEC right now.
            – Lack of adequate advertising. I’m not sure about this. I never watch TV, but I do see Volt ads on the Internet.

            So basically every single point you made is factually wrong in comparison to every other manufacturer than Tesla, and their cars cost 70k+.

            1. SparkEV says:

              I’ve never seen GM dealer offer EV charging, not for pay, certainly not for free, definitely not DCFC.

              SparkEV is best value for a car, not just BEV.

              One thing people should know about GM is their schizo corporate culture. It’s like one doesn’t know what the backside of the same hand is doing. Or part of the front side for that matter. Most recent example was Cadillac boss (aka, luddite) article while Bolt is coming out soon.

              1. MTN Ranger says:

                All my 8+ local Chevy dealers offer free L2 charging. While some are harder to access than other, all you need to do is ask. Granted, hanging around a dealership for 3.5 hours isn’t a lot of fun. On the other hand, some local Nissan dealers have actively blocked charging stations and either don’t allow competing brands and/or non-dealer purchased Leafs.

              2. EVGuy says:

                Hey Sparky, how about giving it a rest, ok. We know lord we know your love for your EV spark now do us a favor and move on. OK?

            2. vdiv says:

              The Volt is not the longest range PHEV, the i3 REx is.

              There is a systematic neglect by dealers to sell and support plugin cars as these are perceived as a threat to their very existence. Thank God there are the occasional exceptions like Bourgeouis Chevy in Quebec, Canada…

              Sorry, but a $38k subcompact car is not affordable by GM’s own definition of one ($15k Sonic)

              Well, I do watch TV and I have not seen a GM plugin commercial in years. The piece in Wired on the Bolt EV and Barra was cute and such, but technically that wasn’t supposed to be advertisement.

              1. vdiv says:

                I do need to stress, thank God to Bourgeous Chevy who have all three of GM plugin cars on the top of their front page:

                http://www.srbourgeois.com/en/

                Now if only the rest were doing business like this we would be living in a different world right now.

                1. RexxSee says:

                  Can’t you spell “Bourgeois” correctly? 😉

                2. Michel says:

                  I did drive 230km to buy my volt from Bourgeois and I’ll do the same next time. The dealers here in Quebec City are pathetic.

              2. Phil Ressler says:

                No, the BMW i3 REx is not the longest range PHEV. It has a longer battery-only range than the Volt, new or original, but its combined range for battery + gasoline is less than half the Volt’s. The paltry gas tank and the undersized gasoline engine range extender impose two serious compromises: 1/ the motorcycle engine range extender cannot produce enough electricity generating power for all conditions, so the driver will sometimes be limited to 45mph, and secondly, the fuel tank for the range extender holds less than two gallons, necessitating very frequent refill. As a practical matter, the Volt is applicable to a wider range of conditions than the i3, reflecting choices made by each company for different reasons.

            3. R.S. says:

              – every other EV manufacturer built charging stations, at least in their home countries, some even in multiple countries. BMW and Nissan even made joint ventures to build charging stations, although they don’t even use the same charging standard.

              The rest of course might be true, but living in Europe, I can testify that GM stopped advertising the Ampera before it came to market, but I don’t know if that was the case in the US, or Canada, too.

            4. RexxSee says:

              To yup :”GM is on par with everyone else except Tesla in that respect.” Of course! It’s a cartel with secret partnerships.
              High price, Volt is an enhanced Cruze.
              Bolt is a sub compact econobox at $37,500.

              1. RexxSee says:

                I forget to mention that “They” are all the car maker members of the petro-automobile cartel.

          3. Sven the Conspiracy Nut says:

            RexxSee,

            It’s worse than you think. Big Oil has gotten to Elon. Tesla is trying to kill demand for EVs. It’s obvious when you look at the launch of the Model X.

            Tesla pissed customers off by taking large deposits for the Model X and then constantly delaying the Model X for over two years.

            Tesla put complex falcon-wing doors on the Model X knowing they wouldn’t be reliable and would start breaking down right after the vehicle was delivered. A bunch of falcon-winged doors have already broken down to the dismay of owners who paid well over $100,000 for their cars. The falcon-wing doors are going to be a money-sucking maintenance and repair nightmare for Tesla and it’s too few and very overworked service centers. Like the falcon-wing doors, those fancy “work of art” second-row seats have already broken down.

            It now takes weeks to get an appointment at a service center to fix all the issues that should have been red flagged by quality control and fixed before delivery. Tesla is delivering Model X’s with fit and finish on par with the infamous Yugo! It looks like the interior was installed by a monkey with a hammer. The interior of one Model X has large black marks on the ceiling (oil stains by Tesla’s Big Oil co-conspirators?), numerous dents on trim pieces (intallation by hammer?), scuffs and scratches everywhere. The exterior on that Model X also had dents, scuffs, scratches, and gunk or glue on the exterior paint. The misaligned falcon-wing door that doesn’t close correctly has already chipped the edge of a glass panel on the roof and scratched up the door and sides of the door frame.

            It’s only a matter of time before the Model X will need the same motor replacements and battery replacements just like the Model S.

            There’s only one logical explanation for all this. Tesla is trying to kill demand for EVs. In addition to being paid off by Big Oil, Elon must be shorting Tesla stock to make a killing in the stock market and use the gigantic pile of money he will receive to finance his voyage to and colonization of Mars.

            /s

            PDF file with pics of issues on a delivered Tesla Model X:
            http://www.teslamotorsclub.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=110385

            http://www.teslamotorsclub.com/showthread.php/62046-My-15-Issues-with-the-Model-X-that-I-found-during-delivery

            1. mr. M says:

              Thanks, that lightend my day 🙂 Had a good laugh reading the text. I agree 100% that tesla is helping big oil. What other reason can they have to build supercharger that none of the other EVs could use. No usable charger leading to even more reduced demand for EVs! 😉

            2. Bill _Howland says:

              I remember when I was taking about problems I personally had with my Roadster DOors, and then having a tesla tech tell me that ALL model S door handle actuators have been replaced, someone responded: “Next Candidate: Falcon doors!”.

              Just reading oVER THE Tesla Motor Club comments, I notice they are far less ‘starry eyed’ lately.

              I mean what do you expect for $137,000?

              As far as the2016 ELR goes, since they’ve goosed the GEN 1 Voltec far beyond even what they’ve goosed it over the 2011 volt, I wonder whether they’ll have a reliability problem if someone constantly drives in ‘sport’. maybe they just way, overbuilt the thing in the VOLT and that is why it goes 300,000 miles with no trouble.

              As far the mileage goes, its obviously due to the tires.

        2. R.S. says:

          “Demand, GM is seeing the most demand(outside of Tesla) then any other automaker”
          GM isn’t even in the top 10 in global plug in sales. Although being the third biggest when it comes to ICEs. VAG sells almost three times the volume of GM and there is also Mitsubishi, Nissan, Tesla, BMW, BYD, Renault and so on, hell even Ford sells more plug-ins!

      2. Alpha777 says:

        That’s why pea-brains go into business. They can’t handle the concept of “the world”, and “social good”, or “optimal wages to grow the economy”.

        GM really did out price the market.
        The Design is A+.
        But, the pricing, is an F-.

        Look at FORD’s pricing for their Plugin’s not far from the base model. You could say Caddy pricing moved more Tesla’s then would otherwise have occurred.

        Because, if you can afford to buy the Caddy, you can afford to lease the Tesla.

        1. SparkEV says:

          I think ELR pricing moved more BMW i3 REx than Tesla. Had ELR been i3 REx pricing, things might be very different today. ELR is quicker than i3REx, comparable to i3BEV time. Caddy badge is a nuisance, but people might’ve overlooked it for better performance.

  3. DonC says:

    Agree that the range drop is due to the performance tires. They’re already pushing the battery to the edge.

    1. Phil Ressler says:

      I have a 2013 Volt. I bought a 2014 ELR and just traded it out for a 2016 ELR with the Sport option. The 2016 car is the same as 2014 but different and better. GM went through the car and tweaked/improved every important aspect of it, particularly with the Sport option. I have to point out that this is after a long succession of powerful IC cars.

      The Sport option is not merely a software change. There are meaningful hardware changes in the suspension, and the tires are upgraded to “summer” performance rubber instead of low-rolling-resistance shoes. The brakes are also substantially upgraded over the base version.

      Net result of the 2016 going-over by GM is a car that is quieter in all respects (not that the 2014 was anything but serene) and comprehensively more refined. I think a part of this is the summer rubber, but all the dynamic systems are just better. Part of it is that even if the 4cyl gasoline range extender is running, it is markedly more isolated. You hear — and feel — it less in the ’16 than the ’14. The suspension and steering improvements are pronounced. The ’14 had some Buick in it in touring mode. Plusher and looser. (Well, both literally have some Buick in them by virtue of the GM Hi-Per front struts). But anyway, the Sport option upgrades and even the base version deliver a tighter-handling, more-responsive-to-inputs car that also returns more tactile feedback through hands, butt, head and heels.

      The ’16 is definitively quicker and faster, and yet I am not seeing any reduction in battery-only range compared to my ’14, even having the Sport option on the ’16 — same routes, same driving style, same conditions. I’m just not getting the 3 miles reduction in rated battery range. With the slightly larger battery I am burning a few more watts for the same range, but it’s negligible. The EPA rating on the Sport option is pessimistic, as far as I can tell driving here in L.A. and having to climb and descend the Santa Monica mountains splitting the city every day.

      The coupe market is small. The luxury couple market is smaller still. The EREV market is still smaller. The EREV luxury coupe market is a much smaller subset of both. So the ELR is misunderstood, even more than the Volt is. But if you actually drive one, you will understand that it is well beyond the Volt in driving experience — not merely a gussied-up Volt — and it is the most efficient true luxury coupe anywhere, for anyone who can support an EREV and wants a true luxury coupe.

      With the ELR you get a Maserati level interior with a spectacular statement exterior, crisp acceleration performance on par with most of the ’60s muscle cars, modern and neutral fwd handling, stronger brakes, along with a serenity of touring not available in any all-IC car.

      For me, it’s easily worth the asking price. At 147 mpg running mileage equivalence thus far, and scant electricity costs, I’m very happy to have it.

      Phil

      1. Sam Salamay says:

        Same deal here Phil. Got a 2016 Sport and it is simply incredible. Fast, quiet, tweaked systems (CUE), radio settings, 4G, absolutely love it. The 2014 was just OK with lots of room for improvement. GM did a great job. Now all I need is a supercharger or turbo for the generator to take 0-60 in 4 seconds… How’s that, Tesla???

      2. Bruce Davidson says:

        I bought a ’16 with sport package as well. Everything you say about this car is dead-on. I love the sticky tires and I can still get 38-40 electric miles per charge. It has the nicest interior I’ve ever experienced. People stop me and ask to take pictures of the car. It’s my first GM car in 25 years, so I’m still a tiny bit nervous about long-term reliability, but so far the ELR is the most satisfying car I’ve owned. I have no idea why it failed in the marketplace, and I’m too blasting happily through the hills in style and comfort, getting over 80 mpg, to care.

  4. Mark C says:

    I’m sure the tires are part of it, but it looks to me like the extra performance was due to turning up the available amperage of the battery pack. Surely more thrust on takeoff will devour more electrons, lowering AER.

    1. DonC says:

      Handling, braking, and road feel.

  5. Stephen says:

    I could not find battery capacity in the specs. Is it 18.4 to get 40 miles?

    1. DonC says:

      No, the max discharge is maybe 14 kWh.

  6. Fabian says:

    wow, 1200 more bucks for someone to check a little software box to give you sport mode.. This has got to be a software setting and it should be free and user selectable on demand for 70k MSRP.

  7. ModernMarvelFan says:

    Too little too late.

    If they had launched with the sports version, ELR might have a better chance…

    Now, the few potential buyers already got their minds made up that ELR is too slow for its price.

    Truly bad marketing/planning launching of a very under appreciated car by GM… Again, why am I not surprised?

    1. Phr3d says:

      “a very under appreciated car by GM”

      I just Hafta’ add, by Nysschen, as Cadillac wants so desperately to distance itself from GM, muchly due to your own statements about people’s perception of Chevy.

      So many shoulda’-coulda’s particularly in the Caddy division, a shame to lose a pretty cool car (I can’t get past the Escalade – Soprano’s grill, but I’m not their target) that might’ve hit it’s Limited stride this year.