Ford’s new Mustang GT California Special celebrates the best coast
The styling upgrades are relatively inexpensive and look pretty stinkin’ cool
Coastal California is definitely a vibe – one the Ford Mustang has been embracing for decades. So it’s only fitting that there’s a California Special package for the new seventh-generation Mustang coupe and convertible, debuting this week ahead of its public showing at – where else? – the Los Angeles auto show.
The California Special is a $1,995 styling package you can add to the Mustang GT’s Premium trim. Rave Blue is the standout color unique to this updo, and you'll find it on the grille's nostrils and some of the badges. Two different 19-inch wheel options are available, and if you get the Mustang GT's Performance Pack, the wheels have Rave Blue pockets.
Step inside and there's more blue to be found, with Navy Pier upholstery (sounds like a nautical boutique, doesn't it?) and black leather. You'll find California Special badges on the gauge cluster and floor mats, and there are bits of Raptor Blue and Metal Gray contrast stitching on the doors and dashboard.
Since it’s based on the Mustang GT, the California Special comes with Ford’s outstanding 5.0-liter free-breathing V8 engine, making 480hp and 415lb ft of torque in its standard tune, or 486hp and 418lb ft if you get the performance exhaust. Both six-speed manual or 10-speed automatic transmissions are available, but please, get the manual. It’s just so good.
Given the $1,995 cost of entry, the California Special is a pretty easy thing to add on if you like the look. We’re not sure if it really enhances the west coast feeling or anything, but hey, roll down the windows, put the top down, blast some Best Coast, and go for a rip.
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