Porsche isn’t the only automaker launching limited edition versions of its cars built around a black-color theme these days as Cadillac has also jumped on the bandwagon by introducing Black Diamond Edition of the high-performance CTS-V that comes with performance options and an exclusive tri-coat paint.
This is the first use of high-tech optical technology firm JDSU’s proprietary SpectraFlair pigment by any carmaker in North America. So what is this special paint? The paint is a special tri-coat treatment that’s not just a metalflake but aluminum flakes encapsulated in a glass-like substance called magnesium fluoride. This SpectraFlair Bright Silver pigment is added to black to make the Black Diamond finish.
In addition to the unique paint, CTS-V Black Diamond comes standard with satin graphite 19-inch wheels with yellow Brembo brake calipers, Recaro seats that feature 14 adjustable elements, French-stitched leather and microfiber suede inserts in the center sections of the cushions and setbacks and midnight Sapele wood trim.
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 gearbox, a $4,850 premium over the CTS-V base price. For that price You don’t get any performance enhancements in the Black Diamond, but then, you don’t really need any. The 556-horsepower supercharged LSA V-8 under the hood is more than up to any task. It’s a special edition, however, not a limited one, so Cadillac will build as many CTS-V Sedan, Coupe and Wagon Black Diamond Edition models as there are people to buy them.
The CTS-V Black Diamond will be available at U.S. dealerships in March. [Cadillac]