Like BMW’s “Frozen” matte-finish special editions, the Cadillac Silver Frost paint will require hand washing and regular conditioning in lieu of waxing. That said, Cadillac assures its customers that the finish is engineered to be every bit as durable as a conventional, glossy paint.
Cadillac was able to achieve the matte effect using a special “30-gloss” clear coat, as opposed to the “80-gloss” clear coat sprayed on standard finishes. Though the overall effect (and hand feel) is still a dull finish, the paint will still display a light “sparkle” under the right lighting conditions.
Like all CTS-V models, the limited-edition Silver Frost coupes will come powered by a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 engine, rated at 556 horsepower and 551 pound-feet of torque. Buyers will be able to choose red or yellow Brembo brake calipers, as well as polished or satin graphite wheels.
If you’re still not buying into the whole dull-paint craze, Cadillac has good news for you as well. Beginning in March, the luxury automaker will introduce a new, limited-production blue-gray glossy finish it’s calling “Stealth Blue” into the CTS model lineup.
Stealth Blue will be available for order on all CTS and CTS-V coupe and sedan models, although the CTS and CTS-V Sport Wagons appear to be excluded. An optional “Twilight Blue” interior leather package will also be offered, and buyers can pick from the same range of options found on other CTS and CTS-V models.
2013 Cadillac CTS-V sedan in Stealth Blue - image: GM CorpEnlarge Photo
Michelle Killen, Cadillac’s lead designer for exterior paints, said of the new finishes, “Some color hues, such as blues, greys and reds easily identify with performance and velocity. Both Stealth Blue and Silver Frost are very expressive but still true to the luxury and exclusivity that a Cadillac represents, which were driving factors in the creation of the color.”
There’s no word on how much extra the Silver Frost or Stealth Blue finishes will cost, so we’d encourage you to contact your Cadillac dealer for details on the short-run models.