Ford Mustang California Special adds a little more go to its show


The interior of the California Special gets upgrades like Miko suede and an optional B&O Play stereo. Ford

Along with the west coast themed model, other versions of the Mustang are gaining some additional features in the new model year as well.

The California Special began as a dealer special edition in 1967, inspired by the Shelby GT notchback coupe prototype, but it was so popular that in 1968 Ford took the reins and built its own factory version.

Most notably, perhaps, is the Cali Special's fading side stripe that flows from the "5.0" badge and into the side scoop.

Ford is bringing a slew of new options to the Mustang for 2019. At the front, the vehicle follows the blacked-out open grille and picks up the Mustang Performance Pack 1 splitter. A signature Ebony Black and Race Red script California Special badge adorns the trunk lid. Unique wheels round out the CS package.

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Climb inside the new GT Calfiornia Special and you'll be greeted by seats trimmed in black Miko® suede with red accent stitching and embossed GT/CS insignias, paired with embroidered GT/CS floor mats.

Mustang GT's retuned 5.0-liter V8 engine packs 460 horsepower and 420 lb. -ft. of torque and tops out at 155 miles per hour.* When that torque gets delivered to the pavement via 6-speed manual and available Performance Package, you better hold on, because that's where rev-matching gives Mustang drivers a leg - or a heel and a toe - up. Also, this is the first Mustang to be equipped with a Bang & Olufsen sound system.

Ford on Monday also announced some general updates for the 2019 Mustang range. Outside, the Blue Oval is offering new vintage-inspired paint colors including Need for Green, Velocity Blue and the gorgeous Dark Highland Green which we saw on the Bullitt Mustang. The active exhaust and start quiet modes are also included.

The 2019 Ford Mustang will go on sale this summer.

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