Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Science | By Hubert Green

Ford Mustang California Special Gets Updates Inside and Out

Ford Mustang California Special Gets Updates Inside and Out

Ford is packing some very cool tech into the 2019 California Special with a 6-speed manual transmission that features rev-matching technology.

In year's past, the California Special wasn't much more than graphics package and e few extra cosmetic trim pieces.

The California Special has a trademark fading stripe from the 5.0 badge to the rear fender scoop that fades as it moves back. Other touches include a signature Ebony Black and Race Red script California Special badge, Mustang Performance Pack 1 front splitter and five-spoke painted wheels. Though it's not available on the Mustang EcoBoost, the EcoBoost with the Performance Pack will now have an available active exhaust that can be quiet or loud depending on your mood or surroundings. Also, this is the first Mustang to be equipped with a Bang & Olufsen sound system.

This array of new features can then be paired with wider array of exterior colors. The California SPecial's new transmission technology and sound system may seem like small editions, but for a muscle auto priced in the mid-$40,000 range, it adds refinement to a sports vehicle that needs it. In particular, we wonder if Need for Green will be as bold as Gotta Have It Green from a few years ago.

1968 Mustang GT-CS Brochure 2
The Ford Mustang GT California Special is back this summer!

Pricing for the new options will be announced closer to their release, which is appropriately scheduled for this summer.

Since its 50th anniversary redesign for the 2015 model year, the Mustang has dominated the muscle vehicle sales charts.

The California Special began as a dealer special edition in 1967, inspired by the Shelby GT notchback coupe prototype, but it was so popular that in 1968 Ford took the reins and built its own factory version.

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