Portrait of a Supercar: Cadillac CTS-V Black Diamond Coupe

You already love the Cadillac CTS-V, but the time has come to adore the Black Diamond Edition.

I’m your standard, sleek Cadillac, but with a black theme that screams The Dark Knight or Knight Rider—depending on your era. My dark SpectraFlair paint job mixed with a diamond-like substance sharpens my already stallion-esque look. Bring in the satin graphite 19-inch wheels, black leather Recaro seats with a cavalcade of adjustable elements, the yellow Brembo brake calipers and that delicious Midnight Sapele wood trim, and it’s obvious why people stare as I purr by.

My inner workings are the same as other CTS-Vs. I have the same 6.2-liter V8 supercharged engine with 556 hp. But, I cost $4,850 more than my standard counterparts, and I’m obviously worth the elegance you’ll assume when you sit in my suede seats.

Let me explain the shimmering diamond luster in my tri-coat paint. I mentioned SpectraFlair before. It’s a bright-silver, light diffractive pigment with aluminum flakes and a glassy compound called magnesium fluoride. Science lesson aside, the end result, despite my inky color, gives me sparkle and shine not found anywhere.

There’s something modernist about me, indeed. The same can be said for any automobile crafted by Cadillac, but I manage to turn more heads than my relatives. My dominant grille is fixed on a body that flares back with precision, meant for the serious Cadillac aficionado. I’m an obvious transgression toward added luxury and style while combining the essentials of my overall brand.

I’ve read this column before. I’ve often pondered how other cars could have made it on these pages before I did. I sat and waited. I didn’t ask my agent to contact anyone. I didn’t flaunt my exhaust pipe at the right people. There was no clamoring at a Long Island car swap, where tire and horsepower networking runs rampant.

MSRP: $70,790image

This Black Diamond is a straight shooter—a cowboy with a lasso so wide it can pull in an ocean. Take one look and you’ll be fixated on my soft and silky complexion. Call it crafty engineering if you will. I call it being a Diamond in the sea of automotive ruffs.

Power: 556 hp at 6,100 rpm
Torque: 551 lb-ft at 3,800 rpm
0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds
Top speed: 196 mph

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At night when Cal Hunter's family is asleep, the only thing he loves more than a tall glass of Wild Turkey next to his Mac is the clicking of keys when thoughts become words and sentences become a story. He thinks, he lives, he writes. There isn't much more to know.