Luxury car buyers are looking for a unique vehicle experience, and Cadillac is looking to separate themselves with the CTS-V Black Diamond Edition.
Available in coupe, sedan, or wagon form, these special CTS-Vs earn the Black Diamond Edition designation by using a special paint pigment called SpectraFlair Bright Silver pigment. Designed by JDSU, the pigment is mixed with the dark tri-coat Dupont paint to enhance the shine of one of the most popular automotive paint colors in the industry. Cadillac will be using the first application of this JDSU pigment.
JDSU, which is not an acronym for a state university but an optical technology firm based in Milpitas, California, uses magnesium fluoride (MgF(subscript 2) to the aspiring chemists out there) to suspend aluminum flakes. The resulting SpectraFlair compound helps give the blended black paint a diamond-like sparkle, hence the name “Black Diamond.” Magnesium fluoride is commonly employed in the optics field.
“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.”
Shiny paint isn’t the lone distinguishing mark on the Black Diamond Edition. The CTS-V’s Brembo brake calipers are painted yellow and sit behind Satin Graphite 19-inch wheels to give these Caddies an entirely sinister appearance. Inside, the 14-way adjustable Recaro seats incorporate French-stitched leather and microfiber suede inserts, while Midnight Sapele wood trim lines adds darker visual elements to the cabin.
Lest we forget, all three CTS-V models start with the same MSRP of $64,340, including the $875 destination charge. The Black Diamond Edition commands an extra $4850 premium, putting the manual-equipped versions at $69,190 and automatic model at $70,490. The special paint will be at dealers in March.
If you’ve been trying to build your own CTS-V and notice there’s a mandatory $1300 charged in options, it’s because there’s a gas-guzzler tax. Hey, that’s the price of 556 supercharged horsepowers with a thirst for fuel.