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Jay Leno Previews Cadillac Elmiraj Concept w/ Ed Welburn: Video 29
Aug
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Auto Addiction, Automotive, Cadillac, Cadillac Elmiraj, Concept Vehicle, Ed Welburn, Jay Leno, Jay Leno's Garage, Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, video on 08 29th, 2013
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Jay Leno gets to play with all of the latest toys on 4 wheels so it is no wonder that he gets his own preview of the Cadillac Elmiraj Concept at Pebble Beach alongside of VP of GM Global Design, Ed Welburn. Hit up the video below and enjoy!



BMW M4 Coupe Concept Appears at Pebble Beach – First Live Photos 16
Aug
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Auto Addiction, auto show, Automotive, BMW, BMW M4, Concept Vehicle, News, Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on 08 16th, 2013
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Yesterday the internet was buzzed with the very first images of the new BMW M4 Coupe Concept. It left us wanting for more and now Pebble Beach is here to fulfill our desires with Live photos of what the new BMW M4 Coupe will mostly look like in the flesh based of off the Concept you see here. Yeah, it is obvious that the first photos didn’t do this car justice, what we see here is amazing!

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Enjoy!

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BMW M4 Coupe Concept Revealed Ahead of Pebble Beach Live Display 15
Aug
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Auto Addiction, Automotive, BMW, BMW M3, BMW M4, News, Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on 08 15th, 2013
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Today the automotive world is perfect as the stars line up in an inexplicable eclipse to overshadow what we used to know as the BMW M3 Coupe to officially introduce the all-new 2014 BMW Concept M4 Coupe to you a day before its live reveal at this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

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The BMW Concept M4 Coupe is said to be the true essence of BMW M and we don’t doubt that a bit considering how the new M4 is said to have 450 horsepower and as much as 100 ft-lbs of torque over the outgoing M3’s V8 from a new S55 twin-turbo inline 6-cylinder engine.

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From all of the renderings and visual speculations the BMW Concept M4 Coupe, what we see here is about spot-on for what was inevitably going to come to fruition for the newest M car to drop out of Munich.

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The full BMW Concept M4 Coupe press release, spilling all of the preliminary details, is posted below for your daydreaming excursions. For now all we can do is daydream because the details are still limited. Although, just as the internet leaks information like a sieve, we can expect to get confirmation on its specifications very soon. Check back with us tomorrow for some photos from Pebble Beach of the new BMW Concept M4 Coupe.

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BMW Concept M4 Coupe Press Release

BMW Concept M4 Coupe – the true essence of BMW M.

Pebble Beach/Munich. On 16 August, amidst magnificent award-winning sports cars of yesterday on show at the “Concours d’Elegance” in Pebble Beach, the BMW Group will be offering a first outlook on a high-performance sports car of tomorrow – the BMW Concept M4 Coupe.

“The BMW Concept M4 Coupe reflects the BMW M philosophy in ideal form: It combines motor racing genes and unrestricted everyday suitability in a highly emotional overall concept. For four generations, the BMW M3 has put motor racing on the road and the BMW Concept M4 Coupe consistently continues to pursue this fundamental idea. The new model designation “M4″ refers – like all other BMW M automobiles – to the series on which this concept car is based,” explains Dr. Friedrich Nitschke, Chairman of the Managing Board of the BMW M GmbH.

THE DESIGN OF THE NEW BMW CONCEPT M4 COUPE. The BMW Concept M4 Coupe, finished in the colour “Aurum Dust” exclusively developed for this model, continues with BMW M’s design language – strong in character, emotional and extremely dynamic. From every perspective it is the embodiment of agility, dynamism and superior performance. Large air inlets in the dynamic front, a swift design language in the side and a sporty, low rear give clear visual indication of the car’s tremendous dynamic potential. CFRP (carbon fiber reinforced plastics) elements such as the front splitter, the roof, or the rear diffuser underline the optimized lightweight concept down to the smallest detail. “At BMW M, design is above all an expression of function. Each design element is based on the underlying technical demands of the BMW M high performance concept. Thanks to this authenticity, the design provides a taste of what can be experienced with each model: Power, precise control and superior handling – an unforgettable driving experience on the racetrack as well as on the road” says Adrian van Hooydonk, head of BMW Group Design.

THE FRONT END. Faceted surfaces, precise contours and distinctive visual depth shape the powerfully expressive front end of the BMW Concept M4 Coupe. The classic “BMW face” with its double kidney and a modern interpretation of the twin round headlamps featuring LED technology provides the car with a distinctive identity, making it recognizable as a BMW M automobile at very first glance. The bonnet with its characteristic power dome symbolises the immense power of the engine that lies beneath it. This dynamic element is further emphasized by a distinctive contour. A further striking feature on the front of the new BMW Concept M4 Coupe is the BMW M double bar kidney grille: The black kidney grille bars imitate the characteristic M double spoke design of the BMW M wheels, the M4 emblem on the kidney grille adding an exclusive accent to the front end.

The powerfully shaped front apron sporting the carbon fibre front splitter immediately catches the eye. The three large air intakes supply the high performance power unit with sufficient cooling air. At the same time, the interplay of surfaces, contours and volume authentically express the car’s supreme potential. The sharply outlined vertical air vents located in the outer section of the side air intakes, the so-called Air Curtain is a design statement of its own. Together with the Air Breather, this feature ensures the aerodynamic closure of the wheel arches and consequently, improved air flow and fuel consumption.

THE SIDE. Viewed from the side, the dynamic impression conveyed by the front end continues. A streamlined, flat silhouette and an athletic body design characterize the BMW Concept M4 Coupe. Typical BMW proportions – a long bonnet, long wheelbase, set-back greenhouse and a short front overhang – create an exceptionally dynamic appearance even when the car is at a standstill. Muscular wheel arches and the powerfully expressive surface language reveal the BMW Concept M4 Coupe’s supreme performance capabilities at very first glance.

The flowing roofline enhances the BMW Concept M4 Coupe’s sporty design with elegant finesse. As a visible high-tech lightweight element, the contoured CFRP roof characterizes the BMW Concept M4 Coupe’s technically innovative design. The CFRP roof reduces weight and ensures a lower centre of gravity, thus facilitating an even sportier driving experience. Here, form and functionality are optimally combined in typical BMW M fashion.

The coupe-like roofline flows into the muscularly designed rear end, which then adopts the contour of the roof. A rear spoiler lip is integrated into the trunk lid for optimum downforce. Thanks to this feature, the BMW Concept M4 Coupe not only has better downforce values, but when viewed from the side, also gains in volume and length, in athletic presence. Below it, the boldly shaped, muscular sill emphasizes the car’s sportive stance on the road.

A conspicuous detail on the car’s side panels is the redesigned M gill. This characteristic M design element constitutes a both sporty and functional statement. On the Concept M4 Coupe, the M gills incorporate the Air Breather, which together with the Air Curtain within the front apron serves to ventilate the wheel arches and facilitate better airflow values. Exclusively designed, bicoloured 20″ M light alloys boasting the typical M double spoke design complete the sportive design of the car’s sides. The five filigree double-spokes rims with polished outer surfaces reveal M Carbon ceramic brakes.

THE REAR. The muscular rear end of the BMW Concept M4 Coupe gives visual indication of the car’s supreme power. The entire tail section boasts a sculptural and broad appearance. The large shaded areas beneath the spoiler give the rear end an even flatter and athletic appearance. At the same time, the flat taillights located far to the outside, the wide track and the powerfully flared wheel arches underscore the car’s stable stance on the road. Horizontal lines accentuate the car’s width, lowering the visual centre of gravity even further.

Within the tail section of the BMW Concept M4 Coupe, the design feature of the front apron comprising faceted surfaces is formally replicated and continued further. The interplay of surfaces and precise contours around the optical air vents further accentuates the rear end’s dynamic design. Twin tailpipes are a characteristic M feature on the rear end. The two pairs of carbon fibre tailpipes are encompassed by the sculptural rear apron. A carbon fibre rear diffuser completes the overall aerodynamics package.

The BMW M GmbH.

The BMW M GmbH is a one hundred percent subsidiary of the BMW AG. With products and services in the five business areas BMW M Automobiles, BMW M Performance Automobiles, BMW Individual, M Sport Packages and Options, BMW Group Driving Experience as well as security, emergency and special purpose vehicles, it addresses customers with particularly high demands on the performance, exclusivity and individuality of their automobile. The Munich-based company was founded in 1972 as the BMW Motorsport GmbH. Since then, the letter M has been internationally synonymous with success in motor sports and with the fascination of high-performance sports cars for use in everyday road traffic. The BMW M GmbH possesses the status of an independently operating automobile manufacturer. In the business year 2012, the BMW M GmbH achieved worldwide sales of just under 27,000 vehicles.



Jay Leno Gets Close-Up Look at Lamborghini Sesto Elemento & Urus: Video 27
Aug
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Automotive, Jay Leno, Jay Leno's Garage, Lamborghini, Lamborghini Sesto Elemento, Lamborghini Urus, Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, video on 08 27th, 2012

At this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, Jay Leno takes time out to chat things up with Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann to get a close-up look and walk-around of the Urus and Sesto Elemento.

As you would expect, in true Jay Leno fashion, he attempts to extract as much information from CEO Stephan Winkelmann, Lamborghini lead designer Filippo Perini and Director of R&D Maurizio Reggiani as possible to get a pre-view of what is to come out of these stunning new Lamborghini Concepts. Enjoy the video below!



Cadillac Hints at Ciel-Inspired Model with ‘Glamour’ Concept Teaser Images 22
Aug
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Automotive, Cadillac, Cadillac Ciel, News, Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on 08 22nd, 2012

Cadillac teased onlookers at this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance with a couple of ‘glamour’ concept images slightly resembling a coupe version of the famous Ciel Concept.

The set of images boast the companies new “American glamour meets American technology” design philosophy. The large Ciel-inspired headlights, smallish grill and massive rear trunk give away hints for this concept potentially being Cadillac’s new flagship vehicle taking form. Cadillac is due to introduce a new flagship vehicle in 2015 and this could be it – of course in coupe form for now. We expect Cadillac to bring this concept to auto shows next year to give us a glimpse into the near future for GM’s luxury division.



McLaren Shows Off 12C Spider at Pebble Beach: Video 21
Aug
Posted by Darryl in auto show, Automotive, Events, mclaren, McLaren 12C Spider, McLaren MP4-12C, McLaren MP4-12C Spider, Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, video on 08 21st, 2012

Over the weekend some thought McLaren had completely fallen off of its rocker when they rolled out the X-1 Concept at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Lucky for us, it was just a one-off vehicle already spoken for that we will probably never see again. Possibly to redeem themselves, McLaren previewed the new 12C Spider, a drop-top version of the popular MP4-12C, alongside of the impressive 12C GT3 Can-Am Edition Concept.

The new McLaren 12C Spider is expected to go on sale in the coming months featuring the same 3.8-liter V8 engine from the MP4-12C mated to a 7-speed SSG dual-clutch transmission. The new 12C Spider will hit an astonishing 204 mph and land a 0-62 mph time in just 3.1 seconds. The 12C Spider also features a 3-piece retractable hard-top folding roof taking only 17 seconds to close without obstructing the view of the engine bay.

Pricing for the 12C Spider, when it goes on sale later this year, will start around $268,000 in the U.S.

12C Spider Convertible Sport Car Offers Spectacular Performance with Remarkable Functionality

(Monterey, Calif.) McLaren Automotive showed the second model in its growing range of high performance sports cars, the new 12C Spider, for the first time in public at this weekend’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The 12C Spider was revealed at the prestigious Gooding & Company Auction preview in Monterey, California on Friday, August 17, then displayed on the Concept Car Lawn throughout the weekend.

The 12C Spider is lightweight with a high-powered engine which boasts 616 bhp, a unique Retractable Hard Top (RHT) folding roof system that can be lowered or raised on the move, and a carbon ‘MonoCell’ chassis identical to that of the groundbreaking 12C coupe. Aside from shared architecture, the 12C and 12C Spider share a unique combination of spectacular performance with remarkable usability.

The new 12C Spider will be priced from £195,500 in the UK and is now available to order from McLaren retailers across the globe. First deliveries to customers are planned for early next year.

The 12C Spider, in new volcano yellow paint, was dramatically revealed with the drop of a Kabuki in front of a crowd of VIP guests attending Gooding & Company’s preview. McLaren received much more interest over the Pebble Beach weekend where the 12C Spider continued to be displayed along with the 12C GT3 Can-Am edition concept.

Best-in-class performance

The 12C Spider’s impressive 616 bhp output from its bespoke 3.8-litre V8 twin turbo engine is transmitted to the car’s rear driven wheels through a 7-Speed SSG dual-clutch transmission, which itself provides lightning-fast gear changes through rocker-mounted shift paddles affixed to the rear of the steering wheel. A clear view of the 12C Spider’s lightweight M838T power plant is available through a glass screen positioned behind the tonneau cover.

Vehicle dynamics technology including Brake Steer, ProActive Chassis Control and the unique McLaren Airbrake combine to offer sublime comfort in all driving conditions; and yet deliver race car performance and handling on track.  An overview of 12C Spider performance compared with the 12C is below:

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0-62 mph 3.1 sec 3.1 sec
0-100mph 6.1 sec 6.0 sec
0-124 mph 9.0 sec 8.8 sec
¼ mile (400m) 10.8 sec @ 134 mph 10.6 sec @ 136 mph
V Max 204 mph 207 mph
CO2g/km 279 279

Technical specification highlights

McLaren is a carbon fibre pioneer. In 1981 McLaren gave a debut to a carbon fibre monocoque chassis in Formula 1 with the launch of the MP4/1 race car, and in 1992 the legendary McLaren F1 introduced the advanced composite technology to the world of road cars. It was natural then for McLaren Automotive engineers to apply its carbon fibre expertise when developing the ground-breaking one-piece molded chassis of the 12C. Its 165 lb ‘MonoCell’ requires no additional strengthening for it to feature in the 12C Spider. The result is a sports car almost identical to its fixed roof equivalent in performance terms, and weighing only 88 lbs more with the addition of a convertible roof system.

Behind driver and passenger sits a rear windscreen which may also be electronically lowered and raised. With the roof lowered this acts as wind deflector to minimise disturbance to the 12C Spider’s occupants. With the roof raised the rear window can be lowered, allowing the exhilarating noise of the 12C Spider’s V8 twin turbo engine to flood the cabin on demand at any time.

With the roof raised the area under the tonneau can be used as an additional luggage area which provides useful storage space. Bespoke luggage (two soft bags) has been designed specifically to fit this space and is supplied as standard with every 12C Spider.

The 12C Spider also features a passive Roll Over Protection System to maximise occupant safety. Each buttress contains a steel structure designed to absorb impact energy and protect both driver and passenger.



Lamborghini Sesto Elemento Costs $2.2 Million 20
Aug
Posted by Darryl in auto show, Automotive, Events, Lamborghini, Lamborghini Sesto Elemento, Lamborghini Sesto Elemento Concept, Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on 08 20th, 2012

During the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, Lamborghini released additional details on the Sesto Elemento supercar put on display at Lambo’s booth. Limited to only 20 units to be sold around the world, the Sesto Elemento will be a track vehicle powered by the Gallardo-sourced 5.2-liter 570 horsepower V10 engine and sell for about $2.2 million.

The Sesto Elemento, composed of a full carbon fiber body and carbon fiber wheels, tips the scale at just 2,200 pounds allowing the track-focused Italian bull to sprint from 0-62 mph in just 2.5 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited to about 186 mph.

Reportedly, the ‘track-only’ Sesto Elemento’s 20 units have already been spoken for. Check out the exclusive video of the Sesto Elemento at the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance captured by Brian Zuk.



McLaren X-1 Concept Makes Intimidating Sounds at Pebble Beach: Video 20
Aug
Posted by Darryl in auto show, Automotive, Events, mclaren, McLaren MP4-12C, McLaren X-1, Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on 08 20th, 2012

McLaren’s Special Operations program (MSO) brought a one-off X-1 Concept, reportedly built for an Arab MP4-12C, McLaren F1 and Mercedes SLR owner, to the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The McLaren X-1 Concept is a creation that came to full fruition after a total of 2 and half years of work, well before the MP4-12C was officially launched. The X-1 Concept’s body is constructed from carbon fiber. Other construction bits include nickel-finished solid aluminum bits while reserving the MP4-12C’s mid-engine, rear drive platform.

The McLaren X-1’s estimated valued is around an astonishing $7 million. McLaren claims to have the capacity to work on such a vehicle, as many as two projects at one time. There is no doubt that this is a distinctive vehicle, which more than likely sparked many interesting conversations on the Quail Lodge at the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

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BMW Zagato Roadster Concept Debuts at Pebble Beach 20
Aug
Posted by Darryl in auto show, BMW, BMW Z4, BMW Zagato Coupé, BMW Zagato Roadster, Events, Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on 08 20th, 2012

The 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance kicked off over the weekend with a many one-of-a-kind vehicles in within the best company possible. BMW in partnership with Andrea Zagato set themselves up with a challenge to prepare a roadster version of the BMW Zagato Coupe that originally debuted at the Concorso d’Eleganza earlier this year.

The new BMW Zagato Roadster, lightly based on the BMW Z4, features the “three dimensional” front end with large intakes, a contoured bonnet, prominent air scoops and black A-pillars. The BMW Zagato Roadster does not sway too far from its unique Zagato Coupe sibling.

Interior proportions of the BMW Zagato Roadster have been left virtually unchanged from the Coupe version. The Zagato Roadster used lustrous brown leather covering the roll-over bars, dashboard and even the door sills.

Currently there are no details for putting either BMW Zagato Coupe or Roadster into production.

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Cadillac Debuts Ciel (sky) Concept at Pebble Beach 22
Aug
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in auto show, Automotive, Cadillac, Cadillac Ciel, Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on 08 22nd, 2011

Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance has made a mark in history as a launching platform for some of the latest concept cars. One new innovative design found on the grounds of Pebble Beach is the new Cadillac Ciel Concept. The Cadillac Ciel (‘sky’ in French) Concept is a four-door, four-passenger convertible with styling cues that date back to the days of the convertible Eldorado.

The Ciel was also designed with inspiration from the California coast. It features an Italian Olive wood interior finish and rolls on 22-inch brushed nickel-plate milled-billet aluminum wheels. The Ciel Concept is powered by a twin-turbo 3.6-liter V6 putting out 425 horsepower and 430 ft-lbs. or torque directing power to all wheels.

We do not expect the Ciel to come to fruition but it is great to see such an innovative and eye-catching design to come out of the design labs at Cadillac.

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Hit up the full press release below for additional information

 

Cadillac Ciel Concept Celebrates the Journey

2011-08-18

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – Cadillac today unveiled the CielCadillac Ciel Concept Celebrates the Journey

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concept, an elegant, open-air grand-touring car inspired by the natural beauty of the California coast.

The Ciel – pronounced “C-L,” the French translation for sky – is a four-seat convertible that opens a new chapter in Cadillac’s design and product ascent, pushing the brand’s Art & Science philosophy into a new stratum. Ciel is a new expression of Cadillac’s historical grandeur, as well as a celebration of open-air motoring.

“Large, expressive luxury is innate to Cadillac and the Ciel recalls that heritage, while suggesting where the brand can go in the future,” said Clay Dean, global design director for Cadillac. “Authentic luxury is driven by experiences, not just products, and Ciel is about the experience of the journey.”

The spacious and elegant Ciel is a grand gesture that explores themes driving Cadillac’s explorations into range-topping flagship luxury. It is powered by a twin-turbocharged version of the 3.6-liter Direct Injection V-6 engine, paired with a hybrid system using lithium-ion battery technology.

Coastal inspiration

Driving California’s Highway 1 in an open car while the sun sets, from Big Sur north to Monterey, is the type of journey the Ciel team envisioned during its design.

“The Ciel is about the romance of the drive,” said Dean. “It emulates the great touring cars seen on the greens at Pebble Beach, but with a modern flair that projects Cadillac’s vision for the future.”

The four-door Ciel embraces the social aspects of a recreational journey, with generous room for two couples. It evokes the spirit of the classics with a long, low proportion. The doors are French-style, with the rear doors hinged at the rear – there is no B-pillar – to reveal a sweeping view of the dramatic interior. Distinguishing fender lines run from nose to tail, and nickel-plated bright work accents the body lines, enhancing the visual length of the car and honoring Cadillac touring cars of the past.

Ciel’s exterior flows seamlessly into the cabin, with the body color rolling over on top of the interior door panels. Like the exterior, the passenger space is accented with sweeping nickel-plated trim. It divides the body-color upper sections from a complementing beige lower color. Italian Olive wood, machined aluminum and hand-tipped leather are elements that flow through the interior, complementing the primary colors with warm, rich tones.

“There is authentic craftsmanship in the way the exterior and interior elements meld, much like a vintage wooden boat,” said Gael Buzyn, interior design manager. “It is romantic, not only in its form, but the materials – nothing smells as good as real wood and leather. It blends together for a rewarding feeling of uncompromising luxury.”

Ciel literally and figuratively reflects the driving experience along the California coastline. The Cabernet paint color, developed specifically for Ciel, is inspired by the rich translucence of a glass of red wine held up to the sunlight.

A prominent, polished aluminum windshield frame serves as in important structural element of the vehicle, as well as aesthetic one, recalling classic open cars of the past. Additional exterior cues, including a shield grille and vertical lighting elements, are pure Cadillac, but suggest a more organic interpretation of the brand’s signature design language that emphasizes the artistic and natural sides of it. The body sides, for example, are more rounded, sweeping upward. Bright work is used to bring contrast to the deep paint color, but plays a more supporting role.

The car rides on large, beautifully finished wheels that feature brushed nickel plating over milled billet aluminum, matching the materials and appearance of other trim. Carbon ceramic brake rotors are visible behind the 22-inch rims, a visual clue to the Ciel’s foundation of performance.

And owing to Cadillac’s heritage of advanced technology, the headlamps and taillamps feature LED lighting elements – including a unique daytime running light graphic on the front of the vehicle that is generated with gradated LED lighting.

Elegant, authentic details

Simplicity, authenticity and spaciousness were the guiding principles when it came to developing the Ciel’s interior.

“With the Ciel, the journey is the thing, so the interior is a place of uncompromising comfort and elegance, with technology that only makes the journey more enjoyable,” said Buzyn. “Simplicity and lightness ensure nothing distracts from the open driving experience, while the color and materials lend the feeling that the vehicle’s environment blends with the surroundings.”

A wheelbase of 125 inches – about 12 inches longer than a CTS sedan – provides generous space. Luxurious seats are bisected by a “floating” center console that runs from the instrument panel to the rear of the interior. It effectively creates a very personal space for each passenger and houses access to hidden connectivity portals for each person in the vehicle – allowing them to make dinner reservations, check the weather at their destination or even upload photos of the trip via social media sights.

Simplicity is also the watchword with the Ciel’s instrument panel, which features a minimalist gauge cluster that doesn’t impede or distract from the outward view. But while reserved in its form, it exemplifies Cadillac’s attention to details and its priority on authentic materials. The climate vents, for example, are mostly hidden and their airflow is distributed indirectly.

Transparent gauges deliver their information within a detailed, brushed-aluminum housing that has the intricate depth of a high-quality chronograph. They offer dual readouts – analog and digital – as well as an information hierarchy. Additional interior features include:

* Sloping bolsters on the seats that allow passengers to slide into the seats more comfortably
* A personal device storage area on the front of the console with inductive charging and Bluetooth connectivity
* A power-assisted transmission shifter that deploys as soon as the engine is started
* Lighting in the armrests that combines a natural light well for daytime driving and ambient lighting for nighttime drives
* Door storage areas that are inspired by premium fashion accessories and open with high-quality zippers
* Pull-out blankets are available for all three passengers and retract automatically
* All the seats have heating and cooling features, along with a drawer containing sun lotion, sun glasses and towels, as well as aromatherapy that is controlled from the rear armrest.

But perhaps the defining element of the Ciel’s cabin is the incorporation of Italian Olive wood on the doors, instrument panel, console and the front seatbacks, adding warmth and craftsmanship to a car designed to provoke an emotional response.

“Milled solid wood delivers richness and a sensual feeling of authenticity in the visual impact of the grain, its feel and aroma, which a veneer simply cannot,” said Buzyn. “Even in our high-tech, connected world, luxury customers crave touches of old-world craftsmanship – the Ciel simply reflects that with a blend of the latest technology.”

Italian Olive wood is a premium yet sustainable material and the material used in the Ciel came from a single fallen and recycled tree, from a west coast producer of premium olive oil. It was painstakingly prepared, including drying in a kiln, before it was cut for the concept vehicle. The numerous pieces were then photographed so that the grain could be matched precisely. Each component was hand-milled and finished by expert woodworking craftsmen.

The rear seating area is detailed with elegant flourishes. The rear seat passengers can pull a leather tab, which reveals a cashmere blanket that stretches across the seating area to ward off a chill. The wood trim in the rear center console opens to reveal a small humidor, stocked with a few cigars.

“From the materials used to create it to the space and experience it offers passengers, the Ciel represents a unique perspective on luxury, but not the only one,” said Dean. “Along with other concepts, such as the ULC, Cadillac is demonstrating that the bandwidth of the Art & Science philosophy is wide, indeed – and we’re going to make it even wider.”

The Ciel was developed at GM Design’s North Hollywood Design Center, which is managed by Frank Saucedo. Niki Smart was the lead exterior designer, with Buzyn leading interior development.

About Cadillac

Cadillac has been a leading luxury auto brand since 1902. In recent years, Cadillac has engineered a historic renaissance led by artful engineering and advanced technology. More information on Cadillac can be found at media.cadillac.com.

SPECIFICATIONS

Vehicle:

Cadillac Ciel concept

Body style / driveline:

four-door, four-passenger convertible with longitudinally mounted front engine and all-wheel drive

Wheelbase (in / mm):

125 / 3175

Length (in / mm):

203.7 / 5174

Width (in / mm):

77.5 / 1968

Height (in / mm):

50 / 1270

Engine type:

3.6L V-6 with twin turbochargers; DOHC, continuously variable valve timing and direct injection

Horsepower
(hp / kW):

425 / 317

Torque (lb-ft / Nm):

430 / 583

Transmission:

hybrid with low-speed all-electric drive

Front suspension:

independent SLA with monotube shock absorbers and stabilizer bar

Rear suspension:

independent multilink with monotube shock absorbers and stabilizer bar

Brakes:

four-wheel disc with ABS; vented front rotors with six-piston calipers and solid rear rotors with four-piston calipers

Wheel size and type:

22 x 9-inch aluminum with brushed nickel accents

Tire size:

265/35R22



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