: Cadillac Cien

10-17-10, 04:27 PM
Class: Concept/Prototype
Body Style: 2-door roadster
Engine: 7.5 Liter V12 (Northstar XV12)

The '''Cadillac Cien''' was a concept car created by Cadillac and unveiled at the 2002 Detroit Auto Show to celebrate Cadillac's 100th anniversary ("cien" is Spanish for one hundred, which compares the Buick Centieme). It was designed by Simon Cox.

The Cadillac Cien had a 7.5 L V12 Northstar XV12 engine, which produced 750 hp (559 kW) and 450 lbft (610 Nm) of torque. This experimental engine featured Gasoline direct injection and Displacement on Demand, which allowed the engine to run on only six or fewer cylinders under light load. The Cien was designed at General Motors' Advanced Design Studio in England and built as a fully-working road-going vehicle with the help of the UK-based engineering and motorsport company Prodrive. The Cien's low, sleek style was created out of a block of aluminum and its design was inspired by the F-22 Raptor.

The Cadillac Cien has a capable top speed of 412 km/h (256 mph) and a 0100 km/h time of 3.5 seconds. If the Cadillac Cien was ever put into production it would sell for roughly $295,000, which would be in the record books for cheapest 400 km/h (249 mph) car ever put into production.