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 its own special series for the CTS-V range. The Black Diamond Edition, available in the CTS-V Sedan, Coupe and Wagon models, will hit Cadillac showrooms in March.
The most prominent feature of the Black Diamond Edition models is an exclusive tri-coat paint called -you guessed it- “Black Diamond.” In an automotive first, the paint makes use of JDSU’s proprietary SpectraFlair pigment. According to the Detroit automaker, the SpectraFlair pigment in Black Diamond uses aluminum flakes encapsulated in a glass-like substance called magnesium fluoride. The result is said to be "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.”
In addition to the unique exterior finish, the CTS-V Black Diamond edition models also get Satin Graphite 19-inch wheels, yellow Brembo brake calipers with six-piston units at the front and four at the back, Recaro seats covered in French-stitched leather and microfiber suede inserts in the center sections of the cushions and seatback, plus Midnight Sapele wood trim.
Prices including destination charges start at $69,190 for the manual and $70,490 for the automatic versions of the CTS-V, or a $4,850 premium over the CTS-V base price.