The Chevy Volt finally seems to be hitting its stride, setting a record sales month in August with over 2,800 units sold. That is good news for GM, which is working on a luxury version of the Volt called the Cadillac ELR. So far all we’ve had are a few concept drawings to go off of, but now we’ve got some real live spy shots.

These pictures come from the gearheads over at Motor Authority, who so wanted to see the new Cadillac version of the Volt that they camped out on one of GM’s oft-used test routes. And the pictures they snapped reveal a coupe not unlike the concept car with a big, bold front fascia and a shapely fastback design.

Suffice to say, I like what I see.

Rumors have swirled around the Cadillac ELR, including the passing fancy that it may even be rear-wheel drive. That seems doubtful given the front-wheel drive nature of the Chevy Volt, but there is no saying GM won’t seek to boost the driving performance of its luxury plug-in hybrid. Electric range may be longer, or shorter than the Volt, which got its own range boost this year. The extra cost of the Cadillac could go towards a bigger battery, among other things.

Speaking of price, the Cadillac ELR is rumored to be in the $60,000 neighborhood, adding a $20,000 premium to the Volt. But if there is one thing rich people love, it is spending their money on status symbols. The Volt is certainly that, and the Cadillac ELR, set to hit dealerships in 2013, will be even more so. “Look at me, saving the world without sacrificing luxury. WINNING!”

Head on over to Motor Authority to check out the full gallery of spy shots, and let me know what you think of GM’s latest attempt at green opulence.

Source: Motor Authority