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  • In the highly celebrated 90s television programme, Batman: The Animated Series, the designers sketched out an art deco paradise, imagining how citizens of the 1950s would view the future. It was all gothic skyscrapers and ice-cold noir. And the cars they drove looked like modernised post-war Cadillacs...

    Keep this in mind as you peruse these pictures of the rather striking new Cadillac Ciel concept, unveiled yesterday at Pebble Beach, California. Despite being a four-seat convertible - and you should know the TG mantra on this - the open-air grand tourer looks pretty fantastic.

    Caddy has installed a twin-turbocharged 425hp 3.6-litre V6 engine paired with a hybrid system using lithium-ion battery technology, producing a useful 430lb ft of torque, conceived to waft the Ciel along the glorious, amorous Californian coastline.

    Words: Vijay Pattni

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  • "Large, expressive luxury is innate to Cadillac," says global design director Clay Dean, "and the Ciel recalls that heritage. The Ciel is about the romance of the drive, but with a modern flair that projects Cadillac's vision for the future."

    Ah yes, the future. The four-door Ciel features suicide, French-style doors, nickel-plated bright work accenting the sweeping lines and an interior that features olive wood, machined aluminium, hand-tipped leather and cashmere blankets for the rear passengers.

    It's 12in longer than a CTS saloon and rides on 22in aluminium wheels and independent multi-link rear suspension.

    "With the Ciel," says Dean, "the journey is the thing. Cadillac is demonstrating that the bandwith of the Art & Science philosophy is wide."

    Batman's weekend ride, you'll no doubt agree. Like it?

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