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Ford Mustang GT California Special Returns this Summer

Ford Mustang GT California Special Returns this Summer

By Philly Murtha, March 12, 2018
This week, Ford revealed details for its 2019 Mustang GT California Special midsize sporty car that pumps up power, handling, and audio enjoyment. The limited-edition treatment package for the Mustang coupe or convertible, which is available in three new vintage-inspired colors, will arrive this summer.

The revived California Special edition brings back visual cues from the original 1967 Shelby GT notchback coupe prototype that was labeled the California Special. That car featured a blacked-out grille, fog lamps, racing stripe, spoiler, custom tail lights, and twist-lock hood fasteners. For today’s retro custom look, Ford starts with three new vintage-inspired exterior colors: Velocity Blue, Need for Green, and Dark Highland Green borrowed from the Mustang GT Bullitt.

The California Special treatment package also includes a trademark fading stripe on the side to the rear fender scoop. An Ebony Black and Race Red California Special badge on the trunk and blacked-out open grille plus Mustang Performance Pack 1 splitter add to the look of the Mustang GT variant that rides on 5-spoke machined wheels.

Built for speed as well as cruising, Ford’s California Special pony car gets extra oomph from an EcoBoost 5.0-liter V-8 engine that generates 480 horsepower and 420 lb.-ft. of torque, partnered with a 6-speed manual transmission that matches rpms for downshifting, helping the Mustang CS reach a claimed top speed of 155mph. Mustang enthusiasts will be pleased with the throaty engine sound, controlled by Ford’s new quad-tip variable active valve performance exhaust system that features three modes, including a quiet start mode, managed by settings on an available digital 12-in. LCD panel or standard 4.2-in. instrument cluster.

The car’s cockpit also heralds sports car personalization with black micro-suede  seats trimmed in red stitching embossed with GT/CS emblems. Custom GT/CS floor mats and California Special script badging on the passenger-side dash panel complete the look. For touring and listening pleasure, the 2019 Mustang GT California Special is equipped with a custom-tuned Bang & Olufsen Play audio system with 12 speakers and a 10-channel amplifier that produces 1,000 watts of power.

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