First Look: 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Wagon Black Diamond Edition

First Look: 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Wagon Black Diamond Edition
2011 Cadillac CTS-V Wagon Black Diamond Edition - 2011 Chicago Auto Show - Automobile Magazine
Platinum, titanium, unobtainium, they’ve all been used up for special editions.

Platinum, titanium, unobtainium, they’ve all been used up for special editions and high-end trims, prompting Cadillac to go into the realm of precious stones to come up with a name for the special-edition CTS-Vs it showed at Chicago, dubbing them “Black Diamond,” which is also the name for the trick, high-tech paint these get doused in.

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Cadillac CTS-V Black Diamond Edition

Cadillac unveiled the CTS-V Black Diamond Edition, a variant of the sporty car that will be available in the month of March for the coupe, sedan and wagon. This special edition adds some of the most popular options as well as an exclusive black tri-layer paint job. It includes Satin Graphite 19-inch wheels, yellow Brembo brake calipers, Recaro seats wearing suede in the central sections and Midnight Sapele wood trim.

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First Look: 2011 Saab 9-4x

First Look: 2011 Saab 9-4x
2011 Saab 9-4x - First Look - Automobile Magazine
At Long Last, Saab’s Crossover is Here

The new 2011 9-4x is more of a Saab than the rebadged 9-7x SUV, but it remains to be seen how distinguishable the compact luxury crossover will be from the model on which it’s based, the Cadillac SRX.

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2010 Cadillac CTS-V sedan

2010 Cadillac CTS-V sedan
2010 Cadillac CTS-V sedan - Editor's Notebook - Automobile Magazine
The lovely exhaust note and the mountains of horsepower are quick to bring a smile.

The stick-shift CTS-V coupe that we had in the office recently was great fun, but the V sedan is certainly no slouch either. And its increased practicality almost makes up for its decreased sexiness (although I think the sedan might look a bit meaner). That lovely exhaust note and the mountains of horsepower are quick to bring a smile. The paddle buttons to manually control the transmission aren’t all that satisfying, but when left in regular mode or bumped over to the Sport setting, the automatic trans does very nice work indeed. The steering is excellent, too, and I love the optional Alcantara-covered wheel.

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