Looking for a special, modern Ford Mustang GT that harks back to the original California Special of 1968? Well, Ford has just unveiled its new Mustang California Special and it certainly lays on the nostalgia. In addition, this special edition features a couple of updates that’ll enhance the driving experience.
Similar to the original, this model features a blacked-out grille (now with a Performance Pack 1 splitter), fog-lamps and a side racing stripe that fades as it approaches the rear fender scoop. Around back, there’s a signature black-and-red California Special badge, while the redesign is finished off by five-spoke alloy wheels.
Take a step inside and you’ll find a set of suede-trimmed seats with the GT/CS badge embossed in the headrests. This insignia is also found on the floor mats, while special “California Special” script badging appears on the passenger-side dash panel. For music lovers, there’s also a 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system with a 10-channel amplifier producing 1 000 Watts.
While fitted with the burly 306 kW 5,0-litre V8 and a six-speed manual gearbox, the Mustang California Special introduces rev-matching technology to the GT range, facilitating smooth downshifting.
Those who buy the 2,3-litre EcoBoost model can opt for a quad-tip fully variable active valve performance exhaust system to give the four-cylinder engine a more muscular sound at the touch of a button.