2011 Cadillac CTS-V Black Diamond Edition: details, photos, specs and price

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 2, 2011

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.

Press Release

Cadillac launches CTS-V Black Diamond Edition

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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