The 2019 Ford Mustang California Special pulls some of the aesthetic DNA from the original 1968 vehicle without managing to look hokey, no mean feat these days.
The first Cali Special, introduced for 1968 as the Mustang GT/CS, was a dealer special inspired by a 1967 Shelby GT notchback coupe prototype.
The Mustang California Special has been a part of the Mustang repertoire off and on since 1968.
After the Mustang Bullitt, it's time for another Ford Mustang special edition, one that adopts a more laidback attitude - theoretically.
The modern auto, based on the V-8-powered Mustang GT, gives a nod to the original with a blacked-out grille and a stripe that traces from the "5.0" front fender badge to a rear fender scoop. "This signature design takes its cues from the original California Special, while enhancing the personality of today's Mustang". Unique wheels round out the CS package.
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Besides the paint job, today's reiteration of the California Special Mustang involves a fair share of technology.
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. Inside, it comes with synthetic suede-trimmed seats, special logos, contrasting red stitching and a script badge on the passenger-side dash.
Also on the tech side is the B&O Play 1,000-watt sound system with 12 speakers and a 10-channel amplifier.
Lastly, Mustang is adding two new hues to the color chart for 2019: Velocity Blue and Need for Green. The EcoBoost version gets active exhaust flaps.
The 2019 Mustang goes on sale this summer.