After the Porsche Boxster S Black Edition revealed just yesterday, Cadillac brought their own "Black" edition based on the CTS-V models, sedan, coupe and station wagon models. The new Black Diamond Edition adds an extra a $4,850 over a standard CTS-V model, but it offers much better personalization list.
"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."
"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."
"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."
Hit the jump to read more about the new Cadillac CTS-V Black Diamond Edition.
Exterior and interior
The new CTS-V Black Diamond Edition will be painted in a special dark tri-coat paint embedded with SpectraFlair Bright Silver pigment. This special pigment 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.
Next to this special paint the Black Edition will also get 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 seatbacks, Midnight Sapele wood trim known for its durability and distinctive grain.
Under the hood there is nothing change. Like with all the standard CTS-V models, the Black Edition will be powered by a 6.2 liter supercharged V8 engine that delivers a total of 556 hp and 551 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine can be coupled to either a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic.
Depending on the body version, the list of competitors includes models like BMW M5, Mercedes E63 AMG or the Audi RS5. The BMW M5 is powered by a powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.4 liter V8 engine that will deliver around 555 hp and 680 Nm torque, while the E63 AMG gets a 6.3-liter V8 engine that delivers 518 HP.
The new Cadillac CTS-V Black Diamond Edition goes on sale at a price of $69,190 for the manual or $70,490 for the automatic, a $4,850 premium over the standard CTS-V’s price. Sales will begin this March.
| Model || Transmission || Price |
| Cadillac CTS-V Black Diamond Edition sedan || manual || $69,190 |
|Cadillac CTS-V Black Diamond Edition sedan || automatic || $70,490 |
|Cadillac CTS-V Black Diamond Edition coupe || manual || $69,190 |
|Cadillac CTS-V Black Diamond Edition coupe || automatic || $70,490 |
|Cadillac CTS-V Black Diamond Edition wagon || manual || $69,190 |
|Cadillac CTS-V Black Diamond Edition wagon || automatic || $70,490 |