The Cadillac Ciel concept is a convertible showstopper that wowed crowds at this year's Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. Not surprisingly, Jay Leno managed to secure some talking time with General Motors VP of Global Design Ed Wellburn, and the two chatted about the ultimate Art and Science-mobile while Leno got a look at some of its features.

The Ciel concept is powered by a 425-horsepower twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine that's paired with a lithium-ion battery pack powering an electric motor. Basically, it's one of the best-looking hybrid vehicles on the planet at the moment, and it's even more intriguing when Wellburn shows off the rear power suicide doors.

It may be wearing a different badge, but Cadillac has seemingly built a modern-day homage to the fourth-generation Lincoln Continental. Click past the jump to see what we're talking about.



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      Dan Frederiksen
      • 19 Hours Ago
      as green as Dick Cheney's heart
        Marco Polo
        • 19 Hours Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        The little Troll trembled as he clutched his schoolbag, sooner or later he would have to go home. Maybe they poison-pen letter hadn't been delivered yet? But from the manner his few cronies he avoided him, he knew he had been found out. This time his religious instruction teacher, Mr Olafsen, couldn't help him. On Monday, Mr Olafsen had been interviewed by two male detectives, and taken away in the back of a police car. He hadn't returned. later, two female police officers came and took away Mr Olafsens computer and camera. The little Troll had gone to Mr Olafsens house he saw more police. He wondered if they would find Mr Olafsens special room. He shrugged, the rain was beginning to fall as he turned into his street and to his misery, saw the large American car parked outside his house. It angered him to see the way the neighbours were admiring the shiny automobile. Tear of rage welled, up " I'm glad I did it" he thought. The target for his spite and jealousy, was a large, handsome, US Air-force serviceman called Jack. Jack had met the Trolls big sister Greta, when on leave from Germany. Everyone liked Jack, he was generous, popular, and friendly. Greta's mother was overwhelmed at the thoughtful gifts the American brought, and his charmingly courteous manners. The American had tried to be friendly to the small troll and was repaid with spiteful malice. Last Sunday, the Troll had been creeping about, carefully avoiding other children, when he came across a secluded part of the lakeside park. There was his sister Greta and the American, embracing on the lawn. A shock of rage and jealousy flooded the small troll. How dare they! He hid quietly hoping to see more of what the courting couple were doing, but to no avail. The trolls voyeristic expectation was frustrated, by the Yank being too much of a gentleman. So he wrote the poisonous letter full of lies about the incident. To make the letter more believable, he described Greta being undressed. He had obtained this information because had found a little space behind the bathroom wall, and by making a small hole, could spy on his sister bathing. (these were some of his happiest memories). The sly little sneak, rejoiced in the preparation of a letter, containing purient lies about his sister and the US serviceman, then sent it anomously. In his madness he had forgotten that the letter was in his own, easily recognisable, handwriting..........
          Dan Frederiksen
          • 19 Hours Ago
          @Marco Polo
          did the gentlemen yank also bring gifts to Salvador Allende. or was that in my handwriting too. this is my real name Marco Polo. I stand in truth. you are the fickle troll.
      Marco Polo
      • 19 Hours Ago
      Love it or hate it, it's a real Cadillac, huge, shiny, and opulent. The interesting technology adds further attraction, to an already sexy car! Now if there is still any justice in this world, I can just see this car zooming along a Copenhagen boulevard, splashing puddle water over a skulking little troll as he gnashes his teeth in a impotent rage of envy and humiliation.
      uncle_sam
      • 19 Hours Ago
      Dear CEOs of GM. That is a great car. So if you want to make money built it and SELL it... It is that easy. And bring it to germany for crying it out loudly
      Doug Danzeisen Sr
      • 19 Hours Ago
      Nice car, and nice showing of the details. Can we get a look under the hood? Any word on whether the twin turbo 3.5 is a production intent engine, first time I have seen a hybrid version. Second time I have seen Mr Welburn speak and would love to hear him speak more, GM design is in really good hands with him. Love how he credits the team as well, he is a class act. I believe MR Leno said in the interview it was a 3.8L, but in reality I believe 3.5L, no big deal. Cadillac needs a halo vehicle, and the fact that it has a name, not just letters as is current Caddy and Lincoln practice, is a good sign as well. The car is the real star, substantial, with presence, oozing class. At first glance did not like the blunt front end, but it seems to grow on me. I never thought I would see a car close to the class of the 16 concept a few years ago, but Welburn and his team have done it. Awesome job!
        throwback
        • 19 Hours Ago
        @Doug Danzeisen Sr
        I'm guessing it's actually a 3.6 twin turbo. Essentially the engine in the CTS. The hybrid part is probably the 2 mode system found in the Tahoe/Escalade. Agree about Ed Welburn, he has done a fantastic job with GM design, and is clearly passionate about design. His eyes just light up when talking about the details of the design.