Cadillac unveils new car with intriguing power plant…
Just a few days ago Cadillac unveiled a new concept car called the ‘Ciel’. It’s a beautiful car, but I’m not reporting this because of the car so much, as I am reporting it because of it’s power plant. The new concept is powered by a Hybrid Twin turbo V6, that’s right, I said HYBRID twin turbo V6. The power plant is a variation on the 3.6L Direct Injected V6 that is in the CTS and Chevy Camaro as well as a few other GM vehicles. I have not seen any where in my research if it’s based on the LLT or LFX version of the 3.6L (see this for more info on the two). The new twin turbo engine reportedly produces 425 hp and 430 lb-ft of torque. That’s quite impressive for a V6, especially on a hybrid engine.
One can only assume that this is another step in GM’s pursuit of performance while meeting the new more stringent CAFE standards. GM has already announced that they’ll be introducing a twin-turbo V6 option for the 2014 Corvette. Just speculation, but I’m willing to bet that engine will make it’s way to other GM performance cars such as the Chevy Camaro and Cadillac CTS.
Current V6 Camaro and CTS owners should rejoice in this news as it very well may mean a GMPP twin-turbo upgrade option in the near future. The best part being it wont void warranties, as it is a GM product, for those out there that worry about that kind of thing while modding. Very exciting news indeed that you can have a twin-turbo V6 that gets 30 MPG while putting out the same HP as the big brother pony car, the SS Camaro.
Here is the official press release on the new Cadillac Concept:
“PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – Cadillac today unveiled the Ciel concept, an elegant, open-air grand-touring car inspired by the natural beauty of the California coast.
The Ciel – pronounced “C-L,” the French translation for sky – is a four-seat convertible that opens a new chapter in Cadillac’s design and product ascent, pushing the brand’s Art & Science philosophy into a new stratum. Ciel is a new expression of Cadillac’s historical grandeur, as well as a celebration of open-air motoring.
“Large, expressive luxury is innate to Cadillac and the Ciel recalls that heritage, while suggesting where the brand can go in the future,” said Clay Dean, global design director for Cadillac. “Authentic luxury is driven by experiences, not just products, and Ciel is about the experience of the journey.”
The spacious and elegant Ciel is a grand gesture that explores themes driving Cadillac’s explorations into range-topping flagship luxury. It is powered by a twin-turbocharged version of the 3.6-liter Direct Injection V-6 engine, paired with a hybrid system using lithium-ion battery technology.”