Buick Regal Cielo Concept

From GM press: Regal Cielo, an open-air concept car based on the 2000 Buick Regal, is described by Buick as a potential limited-edition production model.

Regal Cielo borrows its innovative retractable hard top from the original Cielo, a stylish four-door convertible concept car which Buick unveiled at the 1999 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Cielo (pronounced see-A-low), stands for "sky" in Spanish.

The Regal Cielo concept car was revealed at the Greater Los Angeles Auto Show in early January of 2000.

Just as on the original Cielo, Regal Cielo features retractable hard roof panels. When the top is lowered, the two roof panels separate and move rearward and downward along the two roof rails. The panels are stored vertically into a compartment located behind the rear seat.

Regal Cielo has several variations for open-air motoring. In one configuration the forward roof panel moves back to provide a rail-to-rail open sunroof over the front seat. Another position lowers the entire top and rear window into the rear storage compartment. A third variation lowers just the rear window.

Regal Cielo features a distinctive two-tone pearlescent platinum three-coat paint scheme and special 17-inch wheels and tires with Baer racing brakes. The car also features special lower rocker cladding and a specific body-color grille with air intakes for cooling the front brake discs.

Regal Cielo badging is embroidered on both front door panels and positioned on the passenger side of the instrument panel. There also is Cielo badging on the right taillamp. A "stinger" spoiler extends across the trailing edge of the trunk lid and blends into the rear fenders. The exhaust tips are chromed.

A hinged tonneau cover is located behind the rear window. The cover flips up to accommodate the roof panels and rear window and then lowers to its original position. The tonneau cover also contains a high-mounted neon brake light and turn signals.

Unlike the original Cielo, the roof panels on the Regal Cielo stow vertically, allowing for usable trunk space. The original Cielo's roof panels stack horizontally in the trunk, eliminating most usable trunk space when the top is down.

Regal Cielo has the powerplant of a Regal GS - a supercharged 3800 Series II V-6 engine generating 240 horsepower at 5200 rpm and 280 lb-ft of torque at 3600 rpm.

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