In keeping with the brand's role as a
technology flagship for General Motors, the premium V12-powered Cadillac
Cien concept car is a befitting icon to represent the brand's 100th
anniversary. The striking, aerodynamic Cien holistically illustrates
Cadillac's fusion of design and technology in a modern mid-engine,
The Cien's low, sleek appearance, inspired by the latest F-22 Stealth
fighter aircraft, has produced a different look and proportion for
Cadillac. It further demonstrates the reach of the brand's identity.
Trapezoidal air inlets are milled into the front-end surface of the Cien,
graphically forming Cadillac's shield-like grille, which incorporates a
centrally mounted wreath and crest insignia. These air inlets -- which
feed the front-mounted radiators -- are flanked on either side by
vertical headlamps, together creating the unmistakable `face' of
In profile, Cadillac's characteristic crisp-edged feature line runs the
length of the body, suggesting tension in the surface, and also adding
to the dramatic stance. Another taut line intersects the first, sweeping
from the tail through the sail panel to the front of the vehicle. These
main feature lines work together to give the Cien a dramatic and unique
look, especially when viewed from above. The body and monocoque chassis
are produced from carbon fiber composite, derived from race car
technology, that is both lightweight and strong.
Electronically controlled air inlets and outlets are integrated into the
Cien's body side. These active vents open and close as required for
cooling. Also, air is directed to the V12 engine via intakes beneath the
two characteristic sail panels.
The Cien's rear view embodies Cadillac's distinctive design heritage
with fin-like vertical taillights, and a wide center high mounted stop
lamp (CHMSL), which spans the rear deck, along with the characteristic
centerline crease. The Cien also features an active spoiler that adjusts
automatically depending upon the speed of the vehicle, and a removable
targa roof panel for open-air motoring.
The blue glass on the Cien was inspired by sport-performance eyewear,
enhancing the vehicle's modern, high-tech look.
Nestled between the 19-inch front and 21-inch rear wheels is a cabin
featuring high-tech structural materials and Cadillac's leading-edge
technologies: Night Vision, OnStar, StabiliTrak, Ultrasonic Rear Parking
Assist and Communiport - which integrates the car's audio, computing,
navigation and wireless communication through hands-free voice
Night Vision uses thermal imaging to help a driver detect potentially
dangerous situations well beyond the range of the vehicle's headlamps.
The image is relayed to the driver via a heads-up display projected on
Additionally, the interior of the Cien features a digital instrument
display relaying all of the vehicle's functions, including diagnostics
and satellite navigation, to the driver. LCD screens display images from
the rearview cameras. A state-of-the-art entertainment system designed
to match the car's unique acoustic characteristics is incorporated into
Dark anodized aluminum accents reflect the Cien's cool, technical
appearance. The interior has a strong vertical theme, revolving around
the car's center console, which houses Cien's controls, and the modern,
yet classical clock - designed by Bulgari and inspired by their
Rettangolo wristwatch. The interior further complements the concept's
lightweight theme, utilizing carbon fiber and aluminum structural
elements in a design that combines luxury and performance.
Cadillac Cien's 7.5-liter, V12 powerplant, which is visible through a
clear window in the decklid, is a new concept engine from GM Powertrain
named the Northstar XV12. The all-aluminum, dual overhead cam (DOHC)
four-valve V12 engine generates 750 horsepower and 450 lb.-ft. of
torque, yet it meets the packaging requirements and fuel economy
standards of a V8.
The Northstar XV12 concept engine features several technological
advancements over today's V8 engines, including: GM's Displacement on
Demand technology, which allows the engine to run seamlessly on six
cylinders at times to maximize fuel savings; direct injection gasoline
combustion system for increased engine power, improved fuel economy and
reduced emissions; and a combined starter generator.
The Cien is fitted with a semi-automatic transmission, controlled by
Formula 1-inspired column-mounted electronic paddles.