2011 Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon Black Diamond Edition (2011 Chicago Auto Show)
Cadillac launches CTS-V Black Diamond Edition
Exclusive paint process enhances richness of CTS-V surface
First use of JDSU's proprietary SpectraFlair® pigment in North America
Satin Graphite wheels, yellow Brembo brake calipers add style, performance
Recaro seating, Midnight Sapele wood complete interior
DETROIT -- Cadillac will offer this spring a Black Diamond Edition of the high-performance CTS-V that comes with a host of popular performance options and an exclusive tri-coat paint, also called "Black Diamond."
The Black Diamond Edition, available in the CTS-V Sedan, Coupe and Wagon models, will be 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, Black Diamond is created through a meticulous process that gives the paint added dimension.
Instead of simply containing small bits of metal, the SpectraFlair pigment in Black Diamond 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.
"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."
Black Diamond helps Cadillac meet growing demand by luxury buyers for paints that are set apart not just by their color but also by their special effects.
"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."
Super Wagon Drag Race! Cadillac CTS-V vs Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG - Head 2 Head Episode 4
On this episode of Head 2 Head, Jonny Lieberman pits the supercharged 2011
Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon against the twin-turbo 2012 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Wagon. Witness
the mother of all mommy-mobile matchups, capped off with a 150MPH half-mile
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2011 Cadillac CTS-V Wagon road trip review
( http://www.TFLcar.com ) The 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon is the
fastest production wagon in the world today. Check out this Colorado video
road trip review as we take the fastest wagon in the land to the highest
city in the land.
2011 Cadillac CTS-V Wagon HD Video Review
The Cadillac CTS-V Wagon should not be appealing to most since Americans
don't like station wagons, it gets lousy fuel economy and it starts at 63K.
One test drive though and you'll be tempted to raid your 401K. Tom Voelk
checks out this ultra high performance machine, one that's happy to make
Home Depot runs.
Building Our Long-Term Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon - CAR and DRIVER
We clock in at the factory to help assemble our latest long-termer.
Building Our Long-Term Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon - Feature
2011 Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon - Long-Term Road Test Intro
How Fast is the Cadillac CTS-V Coupe?
The auto engineers at Consumer Reports take a pre-production Cadillac CTS-V
Coupe for a spin at the test track. Learn more about the Cadillac CTS-V on
Drag Race! 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Wagon vs D3 2011
We find out just how fast the D3 Cadillac CTS-V Wagon is when we put it in
a head to head drag race battle with our own long term stock CTS-V wagon.
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Shot by: Jim Gleason, Corey Denomy
Edited by: Jim Gleason
2011 Cadillac CTS-V Wagon Full Test Video
Smoking tires in a wagon??? Hell ya!!!! The 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Wagon.
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Roadfly.com - 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe Road Test & Review
We finally had a chance to test drive the 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe. The
MSRP starts at $63K and even at that price you get a ton of bang for your
buck. Not to mention all that horsepower. 0-60 MPH on the
CTS-V Coupe is 3.9 seconds. The supercharged V8 produces 556 horsepower.
Roadflys review of the CTS-V Coupe confirms that Cadillac is going head to
head against the best the Germans have to offer. The Cadillac CTS-V by just
about every test beats the Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG and BMWs M5.
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2011 Cadillac CTS-V Wagon Test Drive & Car Review
Cadillac's CTS-V is a musclebound powerhouse of a car, offered in coupe,
sedan, and--in our case--wagon form. This is one of those 'Holy Grail'
cars for enthusiasts, a car that looks great, sounds like the end of the
world, and offers nuclear-level performance while carting its occupants
around in a roomy, well-appointed cabin.
In short, on paper it looks perfect, especially for a wagon enthusiast like
myself. And it looks great in person, too. Our test car's silver coat was
offset beautifully by the optional wheels in glossy black, and brake
calipers in a shade of yellow that looks like it came off a Lamborghini.
The near-exotic feel was capped by the optional suede on the steering wheel
and the shift lever.
On the road, the CTS-V didn't quite feel the way I was hoping it would.
I'd hoped, despite the insanity of the supercharged LS3 (556 hp, 551 lb-ft
of torque) that propels the wagon from 0-60 in around 4 seconds flat, that
the car would dance a little bit. It doesn't, really...it simply looks for
the next available stretch of highway on which it can further stupefy its
driver with its ability to melt great distances down to nothing.
And that really isn't the car's fault. At Despite its great lap times and
well-sorted development, there is simply a limit to what a car of this
size, weight (over 4300lb), and power level can do for this amount of
money. Starting at around $63,400, the CTS-V wagon offers the performance
(and size, and imposing presence) of a $90,000 M5 for the price of an M3.
That in itself is an accomplishment that Cadillac can be unabashedly proud
The fact is that this car is even more unique than the coupe and sedan
versions of the CTS-V. It performs nearly as well, just a few ticks behind
the lighter bodystyles in both 0-60 and 1/4-mile sprints. But it's a
freaking wagon! With 25 cubic feet of cargo room with the seats up, and 68
cubes with the seats folded, it beats out many SUVs, including the BMW X5,
the M version of which will just not keep up with this Caddy CTS despite
costing a cool $40-50k more. You pay for it at the pump, of course, with
mileage in the estimated range of 14 mpg city and 19 mpg highway. But the
low entry price relative to anything that comes close performance-wise is
well worth it.
Vehicle: Cadillac CTS-V Wagon
Cadillac CTS-V Wagon vs Porsche 911 Twin Turbo
Family Station Wagon vs Supercar: 1/4 mile showdown between the Porsche
911 Twin turbo vs the 2011 Cadillac
CTS-V Sport Wagon equipped with the 650 HP Hennessey V650 engine upgrade.