Top EDog Tesla Model S or Cadillac ELR? The Detroit News

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Top E-Dog: Tesla Model S or ELR?

America’s biggest and car companies have squared off in the electric vehicle market. GM vs. The Cadillac ELR vs. Model S. Old Money vs. New Money Silicon Valley. chiseled competitors caused a neck epidemic at this Detroit auto show.

in neighboring stands, they heads left and right, than a Federer vs. Nadal final.

I ached to get them to strut their stuff. But the dead of winter, you say. too cold for batteries, you say. we wait until springtime?

Not even the Polar Vortex can our lust for these hotties.

So up, turn on the heated seats, and the electrons.

The similarities between the and their cars are remarkably Both GM and Tesla took loans and are branded with Government Motors stigma. use lithium ion batteries.

But the Caddy a compact platform and plug-in-electric with the Chevy Volt, the Model S boasts an all-new chassis running on batteries

The silver four-seat Cadillac ELR — an $82,135 price tag — is a slick but the seven-seat (yes, seven) S ( $75,520) is jaw-dropping. Game-changing. awesome.

In the Establishment vs. Startup score one for American entrepreneurial as Elon Musk’s first is not just the best electric ever made but gives the of the luxury sport world — Panamera, Audi A7, Jaguar XF — competition for best in class. aside (Elon, you had to raid the cookie jar to finance this Musk deserves a place in the Hall of Fame next to pioneers like Henry and Carroll Shelby.

The ELR and Model S are only to platinum club But they are serious machines — not show horses to gain fuel economy credits. But second act, a 200-mile Model E that will go with the Volt, Nissan and Prius plug-in, will be accessible to the masses with a tag of about $40K and hitting the in 2016.

EVs to date have their green status on sleeves to attract the crunchy crowd. Not the ELR and Model S. No leafy No green-tinted instrument panels.

They sell themselves on inside and out.


car ever!” squealed the 20-something at Detroit display. “I’ve have one,” said the father of my college roommate at dinner in California.

When a car a demographic that broad, you something’s different.

Begin the Model S’s signature 17-inch which works like an maxi. The navigation app is made by the menu icons look a Mac.

Finally, a car screen is as intuitive as your smartphone. yet, the screen centralizes all No more split-level consoles of analog and digital tools require a tutorial to understand.

Get it? the breakthrough Macintosh computer of a ago, Tesla brings style to the automobile. With its batteries buried in the floor and its gear-shift on the steering column, the cabin is uncluttered.

The sculpted arcs to meet curved, door handles.

While the S establishes a unique interior the ELR is determined to make you feel you are in a Cadillac. Gone are the green-preaching panels of the Volt. In their are Caddy’s familiar, cool CUE

But by building on a midsize platform, the S takes EV luxury to another Wedged into a compact the T-shaped ELR battery pack on the cabin, limiting seating to adults. The Tesla cabin seats five adults — and two in rear-facing child seats like the flexible cargo bay of my old Taurus station wagon.

The five-door, 196-inch long is easily mistaken for a Jaguar XF behind. Yet with no engine to the low aerodynamic hood — creating a .24 drag coefficient — makes the even more beautiful S looks like Kate wrapped in a satin dress.

The on the other hand, is Caddy’s “Art Design” language The design is virtually identical to the Converj concept unveiled in with raked windshield and lines. Think Stealth meets Honda Civic

Caddy’s stylish nose teach the Model S a thing or two EV grilles, which are decorative there is no large radiator to The one flaw in Tesla’s otherwise bod is its blunt plastic honker. designer Franz von Holzhausen the design was deliberately conservative for that an unconventional face scare off buyers — but he plans to his palette with future


With all that weight in the belly, surely EVs suffer in handling? On the contrary. The center of gravity (at 17.5 the 4,650-pound Tesla’s CG is on par with cars) lends these noticeably better cornering over their gas-powered

But for an $80K car, you want That’s where the Tesla shines.

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Bury your foot and the big sled leaps propelled by instant 317 pound-feet of torque. In the base, 60kwh S I tested — courtesy of Sean of Grosse Pointe — 0-60 mph by in just 5.1 seconds. That’s a half-second quicker than a $81K Porsche Panamera.

At mph in 4.4 seconds, the 80 kwh Model S would the doors off an Aston Martin

Yet the Model S achieves these acceleration numbers in silence. In a such an outburst would get Mr. arrested in the Pointes for disturbing the

But the Tesla allows him to explore his instincts without waking up cop in Motown.

The S brings this dazzle while delivering 150 on a charge — in January. Sure, less than the 208 miles (because Tesla advises to ѕof battery capacity for long but still plenty of mileage to range anxiety as Maloney across southeast Michigan.

The ELR — the same 16.5 kwh battery/1.4-liter gas combo as the Volt — also off the line then quickly reaching 60 mph in 7.8 seconds (8.8 in EV mode). Many will this unacceptable at this — as well as its 30-miles-on-a-winter-charge before the takes over.

In short, the ELR up short in room and performance to the multi-talented Model S prodigy.

died a century ago, of Henry Ford’s more more fuel-able Model T. At the of the 21st century, they are thanks in part to the determination of mad genius and his Model S.

2014 Cadillac ELR

Vehicle Front engine/battery propulsion, four-passenger coupe

Price: base, $82,135 (as tested, after federal tax credit)

plant: Electric drive with 16.5 kwh lithium ion pack, and 1.4-liter 4-cylinder, generator engine

Power: 217 (motor/engine combined power 295 pound-feet of torque

Performance: mpg, 7.8 seconds electric-with-engine mode; 8.8 seconds EV only 107 mph top speed (governor limited)

4,050 pounds

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