Cadillac CTS-V Coupe Black Diamond | road test

Posted on Apr 8, 2012 by

Wearing a tuxedo adds character and exudes sophistication. There are those of us who buy one off the shelf and then there are those who prefer wearing a finely cut and skillfully tailored piece, albeit, for a price. What the CTS-V Black Diamond edition is then is a finer version of the CTS-V coupe with its unique paint scheme. Drive this car in the city and you will turn more heads per hour than anything else out there.

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There are just two words that describe the CTS-V Black Diamond edition – power and style, lots of it. Even when it’s parked, this car looks like it’s moving at 200kmph. The overtly angular look and the extensive lines all around just make this one of the sexiest car we have driven this year. It’s not conventional in any way if you go by the contemporary design norm and that’s what sets it apart.

To begin with, it is a special edition of the CTS-V, a car that is is outlandish in the first place with an unusually desirable character. The special tri-coat black finish adds to this character and the aluminium flakes mixed with magnesium fluoride give the paint a unique ‘diamond’ like sparkle which glimmers seductively under the intense Middle Eastern sunlight.

Cadillac CTS-V Black Diamond Edition

The CTS-V Black Diamond comes with six piston front and four piston rear yellow Brembo brake calipers, custom 19-inch satin graphite wheels, Recaro 14-way power adjustable/heated/cooled front bucket seats and Midnight Sapele wood interior trim. The Black Diamond edition is available as a coupe or a sedan but a coupe is certainly what most of the buyers will opt for.

Under the cosmetic enhancements this is a regular CTS-V but that’s not such a bad thing. Tap the throttle and the 6.2-litre supercharged V8 lets out a deep throaty note akin to god almighty clearing his throat. This engine produces an exhilarating 556bhp of power at 6,200rpm and wait for it, breathe, 736Nm of torque at 4,000rpm. All that power in a coupe that weighs less than my fat colleague means it goes like a rocket in any direction you point it.

Cadillac CTS-V Black Diamond Edition

No amount of electronics can tame this car once your right foot gets going. You have to be a bit careful with the throttle while negotiating turns unless you want to put on a drift show. Fish tailing, screeching rear tyres and the smell of burning rubber also come standard with this car.

It handles just as it looks, very good. Grip is adequate and high-speed stability is very confidence inspiring. Apart from going like a missile in a straight line, this car corners with minimal fuss. Suspension is a tad hard for regular road use but it compensates with sportscar like handling. Cadillac says the Magnetic Ride Control suspension reads and reacts to the road and driving conditions 1,000 times a second and this system, working in tandem with the grippy Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 tyres.

The CTS-V Black Diamond edition has a six-speed automatic as well as an optional manual transmission. We drove the automatic version with shifts happening without delay and the revs being matched while we downshifted and needless to say, the roar emanating during this process is sinfully addictive.

Cadillac CTS-V Black Diamond Edition

The interior layout is similar to the standard CTS-V coupe (but materials can be ticked in the options list) and the Recaro sports seats compliment the character of the car very well. We spent very little time figuring out the gadgets and features available and spent all our time with the car driving it like we stole it. The occasional fiddling with the switches for tuning the radio and trying to connect the phone via Bluetooth (which proved to a bit difficult so we gave up) is all that we could manage. A 10-speaker Bose 5.1 surround system comes as standard along with a 40GB internal HDD for storing music. A reversing camera also comes standard and is very essential for a car shaped like the edge of a viking’s sword.

Cadillac CTS-V Black Diamond Edition

Safety features on this car includes dual stage front, side and curtain airbags; traction control and tire pressure monitoring system along with traction control.

The CTS-V Black Diamond is a car for those who do not believe in subtlety. This car makes a statement no matter if its been driven or not. It’s powerful, stylish and eye-catching. If Batman had a son who just cleared his driving test, this would be his first car.

2012 Cadillac CTS-V Black Diamond Edition



AED 295,000

6.2-litre supercharged V8; 556bhp @ 6,200rpm, 736Nm @ 4,000rpm

3 Responses to Cadillac CTS-V Coupe Black Diamond | road test

  1. paul rao Reply

    April 9, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    You, as well as the article are incorrect. The “Black Diamond Edition” was available on the 2011 CTS Coupe, Wagon and Sedan models. The Black Diamond tricoat paint is an option available on 2012 Cadillacs however, it is not considered a “Black Diamonod Edition” as the article suggests.  

  2. paul rao Reply

    April 9, 2012 at 5:03 am

    Cadillac produced the “Black Diamond Edition” only at the end of the 2011 model year. You can build a V that replicates the 2011 version, but there is not a “Black Diamond Edition” for 2012…….

    • Martin Victor Alva Reply

      April 9, 2012 at 1:17 pm

      The Black Diamond was introduced on the CTS-V Coupe in 2011. For 2012, the Black Diamond color is made available across all Cadillac range.

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