Pebble Beach 2011: Cadillac introduces the concept heaven

Cadillac Ciel

Cadillac CielCadillac has created a surprise by unveiling at Pebble Beach concept car called Heaven. This is a large and luxurious four-seat cabriolet.

It was not really planned, but we must believe that Cadillac likes to surprise his world. While the audience of Concours d’Elegance at Pebble Beach were preparing to explore the future Lexus GS, the Infiniti JX or Lotus Evora Road GTE concept, they also got a great novelty from Cadillac.


The manufacturer has indeed to unveil a concept car called Heaven. It is, in fact, a massive and luxurious four-seater cabriolet, according to the official, “a new chapter in the design with a modern air Cadillac projecting the vision of the future ” . With a length of 5.17 m and a width of 1.97 m, the sky-colored Cabernet concept is rather impressive. It supposed to pay tribute to the Californian lifestyle, the convertible has a very neat interior with a dashboard very successful and the use of leather and wood.

At engine, the Cadillac is equipped with a 3.6 liter V6 biturbo associated with an electrical system for a total output of 425 horsepower. It not intended to be produced, for the moment in all cases, the Sky concept should at least be a source of inspiration for future models of the brand.Cadillac Ciel

Dodge: Viper’s future output

Dodge Viper's future output

Dodge Viper's future outputExpected to make a comeback in 2012, the Dodge Viper has been caught in the throes before testing with a different from the old version.

Originally, it was expected for 2010. Then, finally, by dint of patience and not seeing the third generation of the Dodge Viper, was expected really. But last month, Ralph Gilles (group leader TRS and design at Chrysler,  Dodge owner) ensured that the addicts were behind them and that the model would be presented in 2012.

Today, it seems that these statements were not the result of excessive optimism. On the contrary. With the takeover of Fiat Chrysler, Dodge Viper’s future seems increasingly becoming a reality.


This is confirmed by the spyshots published by our colleagues at MotorAuthority. These photographs show models of development coupe and convertible in the middle phase of testing in the famous Death Valley in California, a place known for its extreme heat.

If the body seems to take one of the older generations at the back and sides, front, however, is different. And that is why it is hidden by a large camouflage. Still, one can guess from the air intakes and smaller optical black background. It’s still quite light as change, especially given the promises made by the manufacturer.

Normally, the Dodge Viper future should be presented in January 2012 in Detroit. We can then discover the style of this highly anticipated next-generation, and its engine. The Chevrolet Corvette,  his great rival, does not tremble, but it could come.Dodge Viper's future output

Old of the week: Mercer Cobra Roadster (1965)

Mercer Cobra Roadster

Mercer Cobra RoadsterThe famous auction of Pebble Beach each year allows us to rediscover forgotten models wrongly. This is the case with the Mercer Cobra Roadster single of 1965.

This weekend, in parallel with the Concours d’Elegance in Pebble Beach, RM Auctions will host its traditional auction in Monterey. Each year, the opportunity to discover or rediscover the exceptional models, more or less old. This issue should not depart from the rule since, as we told you about these days, already waiting for the presence of real jewelry like a Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa 1957, a Mercedes 190 SL from 1959 that belonged to singer Sheryl Crow, or a Siata 208 S Spyder, 1953, formerly owned by actor Steve McQueen. And among these gems, do not forget the Mercer Cobra Roadster.

Sometimes wrongly forgotten, the sport is, in fact, a unique model created in 1965. Not by Mercer, the American manufacturer who disappeared in 1925, but by a man: Virgil Exner. The latter, at the time designer for Chrysler and father of the Stutz Blackhawk, has indeed taken up the torch to imagine this unique model based on a Cobra roadster, hence the name of the machine which was added “Mercer” in homage to the famous Raceabout Constructor’s pre-war.


Assembly by Carrozzeria-Basano Sibon, the Mercer Cobra Roadster CSX2451 chassis number of benefits from a 298 horsepower V8. The block is mated to a four-speed, while discbrakes copper alloy were installed to all four wheels.

The car is made ​​up of 11 different materials for the interior and exterior (including copper, brass and black leather upholstery). At the time, the model producedmoreover around the world for the promotion of these materials. Level design, finally, we can see that the white roadster was not aged with its flowing lines, its long hood, the headlights mounted on a pivot or a curved Plexiglas windshield.

All these details make this Mercer Cobra Roadster a unique model in more ways than one. Auction Aug. 20 at Pebble Beach, it should also be purchased for a tidy sum, between 560,000 and 840,000 euros.Mercer Cobra Roadster

Flake’s distinctive design project

Flake Design Study

Flake Design StudyIf you are one of many pieces of design that meets every week it just be regurgitated often do you have all cases against futuristic, but at the same time never really deviated from the beaten track. The flakes that we face today were, is different. Da Feng’s designer drew inspiration from the ashes of his numerous cigarette butts dropped.

The philosophy behind the design is rather difficult to pin down in short form, so that you have but just on his website read. The car has many nice details, including the wheels, which are not around. Feng reports about the following:


“To be honest I never added it for the technology, the car just did not sit right unless the bottom of the wheels was cut off, so I had to think of a good excuse to remove the bottom of my wheels. The D-wheels track ground surface and adjust accordingly, making the separate wheel or the suspension system. This enabled it to expand. Also write buggy wheels allo to wing it to go off road making this a true next-generation all-terrain vehicle”.

The project is far from it, and of course very unrealistic, but it is clear that  was not the intention in the creation of the Flake. Apart from the renderings is also moving images, which are to be found.Flake Design Study

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