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Cadillac Cien Concept: Looking back at the worst Cadillac ever

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ZTSG 08/11/2021 Hatchback 219
The Cadillac Cien, officially unveiled at the 2002 Detroit Auto Show, is an amazing concept car powered by a 7.5-liter V12 Northstar XV12 engine that can produce 750 horsepower and 450 lb/ft of torque...

The Cadillac Cien, officially unveiled at the 2002 Detroit Auto Show, is an amazing concept car powered by a 7.5-liter V12 Northstar XV12 engine that can produce 750 horsepower and 450 lb/ft of torque. The engine uses direct injection and on-demand displacement. For fuel economy, up to 6 cylinders can be shut down under lighter loads. Cien is equipped with F-1 type semi-automatic gearbox.

To say the least, the Cien is extraordinary looking, and the design is based on the F-22 Raptor Stealth Fighter Jet. Electronically controlled air inlets and outlets are integrated into the Cien’s body side. These active vents open and close as required for cooling, similar to the Lamborghini Murcielago’s vents. Air is directed to the V12 engine via intakes beneath the two sail panels. The blue glass covering the Cien was inspired by sport performance eyewear, giving the vehicle a more high-tech look. The Cien also has an active spoiler that raises and lowers, depending on the vehicle’s speed. The wheels are 19 inches in the front and 21 inches in the rear, which look very good on the car without giving it the “Dubz” feeling.

The Cien has all of the technological advances you would expect from it, including Night Vision, using thermal imaging to display a view beyond the headlights via a heads-up display projected on the windshield. It also includes StabiliTrak, Ultrasonic Rear Parking Assist, and Communiport – which integrates the car’s audio, computing, navigation, and wireless communication through hands-free voice activation.

The interior, lined with carbon fiber, features the gadgets you would expect, including a rear-view camera, a top-notch entertainment system, and a digital instrument display relaying all of the vehicle’s functions, including diagnostics and satellite navigation.

The Cien was also used in the excellent 2005 film The Island starring Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson. The car is featured in what, in my opinion, is one of the coolest chase scenes in the history of movies, but I’m not going to ruin the movie for you. I highly recommend going out and renting it.

Of course, Cadillac will not make the Cien, just like they didn’t make the Cadillac Sixteen Concept; they’re all about making awesome concepts to get people excited about their cars, then half-delivering on them. The overpriced (but admittedly cool) XLR-V (the luxurious Corvette) is most likely the closest you will ever get to a Cadillac Cien, but the thought of this making it to production makes me drool profusely. Frankly, this would be a decent move for Cadillac as it would get people more excited about them, moving their image up a few notches. Plus, I’m sure they wouldn’t have a problem selling a limited run of them. Who wouldn’t if they had the money?

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