Cadillac CTS-V Black Diamond Edition Specializes in Cutting-Edge Color Solutions
Cadillac will offer this spring a Black Diamond Edition of the high-performance CTS- V that comes with a host of popular performance options and an exclusive tri-coat paint, also called “Black Diamond.” The Black Diamond Edition, available in the CTS- V Sedan, Coupe and Wagon models, will be the first use by an
automaker of JDSU's proprietary SpectraFlair pigment in North America. JDSU, a Milipitas, Calif.,-based optical technology firm, specializes in cutting-edge color solutions for a wide range of markets. Its pigments are used in certain DuPont paints supplied to Cadillac.
In the Cadillac CTS-V Black Diamond, a dark tri-coat paint is embedded with SpectraFlair Bright Silver pigment. While other luxury makers offer metallic paints, Black Diamond is created through a meticulous process that gives the paint added dimension. Instead of simply containing small bits of metal, the SpectraFlair pigment in Black Diamond uses aluminum flakes encapsulated in a glass-like substance called magnesium fluoride. The result is a paint that has a diamond-like sparkle as light hits the surface from different angles.
Described as a "tailored tuxedo," the model features an exclusive Black Diamond exterior with embedded SpectraFlair pigment that gives the car "a diamond-like sparkle." Furthermore, the BDE is equipped with yellow Brembo brake calipers and Satin Graphite 19-inch wheels.
Inside, Slide yourself indoors and meet an interior that boasts microfiber suede Recaro seats and Midnight Sapele wood accents littered throughout the cabin. GM says that the whole package is meant to invoke images of a well-tailored tuxedo.
Specs engine, the BDE is powered by a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine with 556 hp (415 kW / 564 PS) and 551 lb-ft (746 Nm) of torque. It enables the car to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds (4.0 seconds for the sport wagon). Magnetic Ride Control suspension that reads and reacts to the road 1,000 times a second and Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 tire.
Set to arrive at dealerships in March, The Cadillac CTS-V Black Diamond comes with a suggested retail price, including destination charges, of $69,190 for the manual or $70,490 for the automatic, a $4,850 premium over the CTS-V base price. The CTS-V Black Diamond will be available at U.S. dealerships in March 2011.