• Feb 2, 2011
Cadillac CTS-V Black Diamond Edition – Click above for high-res image gallery

General Motors has just unveiled its new take on the mighty Cadillac CTS-V called the Black Diamond Edition. Available on all iterations of the supercharged beast (sedan, coupe and wagon), the appearance package dips the company's muscle-bound luxury fleet in new, proprietary SpectraFlair paint. The final product is achieved through a three-coat process that includes flakes of aluminum encapsulated in magnesium fluoride. The result is a paint that's as gorgeous as it will undoubtedly prove impossible to repair.

This is not a car that's to be left anywhere near a shopping cart.

The paint is joined by a set of Satin Graphite 19-inch wheels and yellow Brembo brake calipers outside. 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.

Prices start at $69,190 for manual transmission models and $70,490 for the automatic, including destination. Those figures mark a $4,850 bump over the standard CTS-V, and buyers can expect some fluctuation depending on whether they opt for the sedan, coupe or wagon body style. Follow the jump for the official press release and to see GM folks explain the Black Diamond Edition in a video.

[Source: General Motors]

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Cadillac launches CTS-V Black Diamond Edition

Exclusive paint process enhances richness of CTS-V surface


First use of JDSU's proprietary SpectraFlair® pigment in North America
Satin Graphite wheels, yellow Brembo brake calipers add style, performance
Recaro seating, Midnight Sapele wood complete interior

DETROIT – 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 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.
"The CTS-V Black Diamond Edition is like a finely crafted, tailored tuxedo," said Michelle Killen, Cadillac exterior paint designer. "The base color may be a simple black, but the details and richness of the material set it apart."

Black Diamond helps Cadillac meet growing demand by luxury buyers for paints that are set apart not just by their color but also by their special effects.
"Auto makers and consumers are looking to differentiate the color black, an ubiquitous color in automotive," said John Book, Custom Color Solutions product manager at JDSU. "Black Diamond offers the discerning Cadillac customer a special option color that stands out and remains true to their sense of luxury and style."

In addition to the unique paint, CTS-V Black Diamond comes standard with content that complements its look and feel. The special edition has:

Satin Graphite 19-inch wheels with yellow Brembo brake calipers. These six-piston front, four-piston back brake calipers provide exceptional stopping capabilities.
Recaro seats that feature 14 adjustable elements, French-stitched leather and microfiber suede inserts in the center sections of the cushions and seatbacks.

Midnight Sapele wood trim known for its durability and distinctive grain.
"We've already established V-Series as a serious sub-brand for Cadillac," said Rich Pinto, Cadillac creative designer. "Black Diamond further establishes V-Series in the market as a performance-minded line of vehicles with a luxury twist."

The 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.

The CTS-V Black Diamond Edition joins Cadillac's award-winning V-Series line of performance luxury vehicles. The CTS-V Sedan, Coupe and Wagon all feature a supercharged 6.2L V8 engine with 556-horspower, Magnetic Ride Control suspension that reads and reacts to the road 1,000 times a second and Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 tire.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      What if it were a satin black (not flat) i would die.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Anyone that complains about the looks of the CTS Coupe simply hasn't seen one in person. I finally got the change to see one over the weekend and DAMN its a good looking car.

      The supposedly "big ass" that some were complaining about (based on photos) is a non-issue in real life.
        • 3 Years Ago

        Obviously, looks are highly subjective, so to argue the point is...well...pointless.

        That being said, I've seen at least half a dozen CTS Coupes over the past few weeks here in Southern California, and I have to say...in real life or in pictures, there's no hiding the fact that the car has a ginormous posterior. I think it's the combination of the high beltline and the steep rake of the rear window. I love the sedan...the coupe however just doesn't look like it was quite so well thought out.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I have been saying that for a year now. photos don't do it justice. until you see one driving not even on a lot but driving you will never know.

        its so low and wide. and photos flatten the back quarters out. everyone complains about the area between the window and the wheel.
      • 3 Years Ago
      This thing gets uglier by the day, no matter how many times I see it in public it just never gets better.
      • 3 Years Ago
      As an avowed eye roller when it comes to special editions this one looks pretty damn good.
      • 3 Years Ago
      A tribute to Henry Ford's notion of "Pick a color as long as its black". Good to see GM pay the Ford King some respect :)
      • 3 Years Ago
      What's up with these black editions?
        • 3 Years Ago
        @hazdaz The term "murdered out" has referred to all-black (paint, wheels, tint) vehicles and thrown around long before matte/satin/flat finishes became en vogue. See urbandictionary where the quantitative values speak for themselves.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Black Diamond Edition is not the same as Black Edition.

        In this case, it means the car is a heck of a skier...
        • 3 Years Ago
        Once you go black, you never go back.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ 220v

        "murdered out" would usually mean flat/matte black paint. I didn't watch the video, but it looks like this is the opposite - a very shiny black paint (with speckles) and only the rims are not shiny.
        • 3 Years Ago
        What he said... yawn.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Hey, they look good, which is the point, no?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Black is the new black!

        I do worry about the increased reflectiveness to radar with all the metallic paint out these days... The old flat paint at least absorbed a little...
        • 3 Years Ago
        A odd very delayed love of Jay-Z?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Did you see that guy on youtube who drove a CTS-V at 100mph while there were COPS PULLING OTHER PEOPLE OVER? LOL
        • 3 Years Ago
        To celebrate Black History Month?

      • 3 Years Ago
      Caddy... thanks for the wood. Good thing Im sitting at a desk at the moment.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Seeing that auto trans in that V makes me want to vomit.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I Had the chance to see not one, but TWO of these today in Hartford, CT! The dealer has a coupe and sedan and let me tell you, the coupe is probably the sickest Cadillacs I have EVER seen! The black on black wheels is stunning even covered in the nasty pollen right now. Only shocked more by the CTS-V wagon parked right behind these two beauties! Amazing cars!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nice paint job. Wondering why this paint (and even the Thunder Gray) doesn't have the nanotechnology for scratch resistance like the AMG vehicles...
        • 3 Years Ago
        Who says it doesn't? Everyone gets their paints from PPG, Mercedes doesn't own technology in this area.

        No paint, especially water-based, is truly scratch-resistant anyway. If you bump it with a metal shopping cart, it's going to scratch.
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is beautiful. I'm a bit surprised to not see Cadillac's bug-eyed LED headlights on it. Maybe that's next year and another $3,000.

      I would abso-farkin-lutely love to buy a CTS-V wagon or coupe with this treatment.

      Well, except for the whole money thing.
      • 3 Years Ago
      This paint job is made by both DuPont and JDSU. For that price I would expect the manufacturer or the dealer to provide some sort of protection. If I was purchasing an 'exclusive' vehicle that I knew I was going to drive also, I would get the paint protection film also. More dealers should offer this in-house.
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