The new model year for the iconic Ford Mustang includes as its major highlight the return of the California Special model via a new limited-edition design package – but there are also other upgrades to speak of.
The return of the California Special is designed to reference the 1968 original while “celebrating modern Mustang performance and style” – and we’re pretty much seeing a trend here, with the return of the Bullitt name for the 50th anniversary of the famous movie it was featured in. The first California Special arrived back in 1968 with a bespoke allure inspired by the 1967 Shelby GT notchback coupe prototype – now the retro-flavored special edition is based on the powerful GT and arrives with a referencing blacked-out front grille and side body graphics together with Ebony Black and Race Red script California Special badges on the trunk lid. Ford also brought in unique five-spoke painted machined wheels and also uses the Mustang Performance Pack 1 splitter, along with a model-exclusive stick-on faux rear fender scoop.
Inside the cabin, the 2019 Mustang California Special has “GT/CS” embossing on the black suede seats with red contrast stitching, GT/CS-branded floor mats and additional badging on the dashboard. New for the entire range of the 2019 MY is the rev-matching technology for the Mustang GT and its naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8 – still packing 460 horsepower and 420 pound-feet (570 Newton-meters) of torque. Also, the GT’s driver-controllable active valve performance exhaust is also optional for the EcoBoost, and from Europe comes the Bang & Olufsen Play audio system with 12 speakers, 1,000-watt power, and a 10-channel amplifier. Also new are the Need for Green, Velocity Blue, and the Bullitt’s Dark Highland Green shades.