Ever since Jim Hudson became Columbia, South Carolina’s exclusive Cadillac dealership, customers have been drawn to the immense power of the Cadillac CTS-V family. It’s no surprise, with its 556-horsepower supercharged V8, magnetic ride control, and status as the world’s fastest production sedan (unless, of course, you choose the coupe or wagon models). For those looking for something even more exclusive, Cadillac has introduced the CTS-V Black Diamond Edition, an option package that enhances the appearance of the Car and Driver 10Best-winning CTS-V line of performance luxury sedans, coupes, and wagons.
Headlining the Black Diamond Edition is the car’s exclusive Black Diamond Tricoat paint color, 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, the SpectraFlair pigment in Black Diamond uses aluminum flakes encapsulated in a glass-like substance called magnesium fluoride. The result is a paint with added dimension that has a superior 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, exterior paint designer for Cadillac. “The base color may be a simple black, but the details and richness of the material set it apart.”
Black Diamond Tricoat helps Cadillac meet growing demand by luxury buyers in Columbia and beyond for cars whose paints that are set apart not just by their color but also by the unique properties of their finish.
“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 offers Columbia drivers a suite of style and appearance options available as standalone options on the CTS-V 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. With the included wheels, seats, and trim costing $4,800 on their own, the Black Diamond Edition offers Columbia drivers an exceptional choice when looking for the ultimate in style and performance. The CTS-V Black Diamond is available to order now, with deliveries beginning in March. For more information, visit our Cadillac CTS Columbia SC page on our website, or call (803) 783-0110.