Is this a Ciel Redux? The concept has been a long time coming:
a large, luxurious super-coupe halo Cadillac.
When these concepts debuted in Detroit, heads exploded with visions of cruising an American highway at extreme speed in extreme luxury.
The Evoq hit the market as the XLR–interior design aside, it was visually quite close to the concept, but not an outstanding example of a successful translation from concept to production. What it seemed to lack was the presence of the concept… and it did still pale in comparison to its direct competitor. So, not a home run as far as product introduction goes, but what one can certainly say in its favor is that is actually became a production car. The Cien had a semi-cameo as Ewan McGregor‘s vehicle of choice in “The Island“, but that was the last we saw of it. And what happened to the Sixteen?
And what will come of the Ciel?
Those points aside, the Art&Science form language may be the primary reason Cadillac still exists as a brand and is enjoying such success at the moment. It’s satisfying to see this evolution of the form language so successfully incorporating organic, flowing surfaces.
If you’d like to see more, check out the gallery below. Obviously, I mostly enjoy the development sketches, but the photos clearly show an appropriate level of attention to detail in the exterior design, superb execution of interior, and perhaps evidence of the existence of an overriding mandate of reservedness in the treatment of surfaces and details.
Even the crest benefits.
This self-restraint seems to pervade the entirety of the exterior, while allowing a bit more creative freedom inside.
Cadillac Elmiraj Specifications
|Body Style||4-passenger, 2-door grand coupe|
|Height||55 in / 1397 mm|
|Width||76 in / 1930 mm|
|Length||205 in / 5207 mm|
|Curb Weight||Approx. 4000 lb / 1814 kg|
|Engine||4.5-liter Twin Turbo V8|
|Power||500 hp / 373 kW|
|Torque||500 lb-ft / 678 Nm|
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