This spring will see the arrival of the new Cadillac CTS-V Black Diamond Edition, featuring exclusive tri-coat paint as well as an array of popular performance options. Available in the CTS-V Sedan, Coupe and Wagon models, the Black Diamond Edition employs JDSU’s proprietary SpectraFlair pigment.
Cadillac will be the first carmaker in North America to employ the pigment from JDSU, whose pigments are also used in certain DuPont paints supplied to the premium automaker. As applied on the CTS-V special edition, the “Black Diamond” tri-coat paint features embedded SpectraFlair Bright Silver pigment, thereby giving it added dimension.
The SpectraFlair pigment in Black Diamond employs aluminum flakes encapsulated in magnesium fluoride, thereby giving birth to a paint with a diamond-like sparkle when light hits the surface from any angle. Michelle Killen, Cadillac exterior paint designer, described the CTS-V Black Diamond Edition as a finely crafted, tailored tuxedo.
Killen noted that while the base color may be a simple black, it is set apart by the details and richness of the material. Black Diamond should help Cadillac cater to increasing demand for paints that are distinguished not only by their color but also by their special effects.
John Book, Custom Color Solutions product manager at JDSU, remarked that both carmakers and consumers are now seeking to differentiate the color black, which he described as a ubiquitous color in auto industry. Book noted that Black Diamond offers discerning Cadillac customers a special option color that sticks out while remaining true to their sense of luxury and style.
Aside from the exclusive tri-coat paint, the CTS-V Black Diamond also features Satin Graphite 19-inch wheels as well as six-piston front, four-piston back brake Brembo brake calipers in yellow. Inside, the CTS-V Black Diamond features Recaro seats with 14 adjustable elements.
Wrapped in French-stitched leather, these seats feature microfiber suede inserts in the center sections of the cushions and seatbacks. Moreover, the special edition comes with durable Midnight Sapele wood trim.
Rich Pinto, Cadillac creative designer remarked that just as Cadillac established the V-Series as a serious sub-brand, Black Diamond also establishes V-Series as a performance-minded line of luxury vehicles.
The CTS-V Black Diamond Edition is the latest member of Cadillac’s V-Series line of performance luxury vehicles. It is powered by a supercharged 6.2L V8 engine that provides 556 hp of output and is fitted with Magnetic Ride Control suspension, which reacts to the road 1,000 times a second, as well as Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 tires.
Cadillac will commence sales of the CTS-V Black Diamond in the United States in March at a suggested retail price -- including destination charges -- of $69,190 for the manual version or $70,490 for the automatic variant.