Just moments ago, Cadillac pulled the sheet off of the Ciel Concept at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance among the classic Bentleys, Rolls Royces, Duesenbergs and whatever else people with way too much money like to collect and gawk over. And to be frank, the car fits right in.
With a wheelbase of 125 inches — a foot longer than the CTS Sedan — and an overall length of 203.7 inches, this full-sized roadster pays homage to the classic Cadillacs of old, when they were renown for their length and roominess. Basically, it’s the complete opposite kind of vehicle that the tiny ULC Concept is. But at the same time, it’s not performance oriented like the now infamous CTS-V is, either.
An elegantly appointed interior awaits those privileged enough to find themselves nestled inside, with a minimalist gauge cluster, hidden air vents, brushed aluminum almost everywhere, milled Italian Olive wood inserts, sloping bolstered seats and loads of modern technology. Things such as an inductive charging system and a power-assisted transmission shifter that deploys as soon as the engine is started are present and go with the tasteful appointments like the lighting in the armrests, storage areas in the doors that utilize zippers, and even an aromatherapy feature that is controlled from the rear armrest. There’s even pull-out blankets that retract automatically for passengers, and a drawer containing sun lotion, sun glasses and towels. Doesn’t it just make you want to go on a honeymoon? Oh, yes, and there’s B-pillarless French doors to boot.
Propelling this modern-day luxury boat is a modified 3.6-liter V6 engine featuring twin overhead cams, two turbochargers, direct injection and variable valve timing that produces 425 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque. The 3.6 is coupled with a hybrid system using lithium-ion batteries that dishes out electric propulsion at low speeds to all four wheels. Which are 22-inches in diameter, of course. For more, have a look at the video or the gallery and have a peek at the presser below.