Normally, we here at Uproxx leave the car news to sites like Jalopnik, but we love anything that is cool and hip, and the new hybrid convertible Cadillac just unveiled is cool and hip as hell. I mean, look at that thing — it looks like something Don Draper would’ve driven in the late 60s/early 70s! A bada$s American roadster with a long, low-slung body like cars you’d have seen on the road 40-50 years ago.
Cadillac is calling it’s new ride the “Ciel” — the French word for “sky” — and it’s equipped with 22-inch-wheels, a twin-turbocharged version of the 3.6-liter direct injection V-6 engine, and a hybrid system that uses lithium-ion batteries. I hate, HATE, to drive and don’t even own a car and I want one of these.
Reports Fast Company Design:
The so-called Ciel harkens back to the company’s massive land yachts of the 1960s and 1970s. You know, those massive “coupes” that took about seven turns of the steering wheel to back out of a parking space. But it’s a credit to the brand’s current designers that this whale, while reveling in some of the worst days of American auto design, actually looks pretty stylish.
Just as the old Coupe de Ville was a premium car with deluxe details, Ciel flaunts the beauty of handcraftsmanship: plush leather and Italian Olive wood, harvested from a single fallen tree and hand-milled and finished by expert woodworking craftsmen. A cashmere blanket is stashed in the backseat; a rear center console holds a small humidor stocked with a few cigars. The four doors open French-style, with the back doors hinged at the rear– there is no B-pillar–to dramatically reveal a sweeping look at the lavish interior. And though the car is meant to renew the pleasure of grand touring, the eco-minded can be (sort of) consoled by the fact that it’s powered by a hybrid system using lithium-ion battery technology.
It’s not a question of if, but when hip-hop artists immortalize this bad boy in song. It’s just too baller for it not to be. Leon from Curb Your Enthusiasm should have been cruising cross-country in this ride Sunday night instead of Larry David’s Prius. Although that probably would have stripped away some of the gag’s humor.
Here’s a video demo…
And here’s a shot on the interior…
I freaking love tan leather. PLUSH!
Thanks for the tip, Jason.