2014 Cadillac ELR: Faster On Gasoline Than On Electricity

The Cadillac ELR sounds like the perfect car for green-minded buyers after a little more luxury.

Underneath is the Chevrolet Volt, a car rated highly by its owners and saving the U.S. millions of gallons of gasoline. On top, a stylish Cadillac silhouette and a typically stunning cabin.

The only trouble is the price. Well, that, and the fact the car’s brisk 0-60 mph figure isn’t possible in all-electric mode–only when the engine is running in range-extending mode.

Now this probably isn’t the end of the world. Few owners will do a full-bore standing start in daily driving. But freeway merging and overtaking are more relevant to the average driver, and GM’s figures suggest the car will only be at its best when the engine is kicking in to help.

Officially, the ELR is capable of 0-60 in 7.8 seconds, thanks to a small power boost over the Volt that lends its drivetrain.

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