The California Special is back for 2019 with some choice aesthetic upgrades.
Along with the return of the Bullitt-edition Mustang GT, inspired by the auto Steve McQueen drove in the classic film, Ford will also be offering a California Special version of the pony vehicle after a year hiatus. The automaker also is reviving the special edition Mustang Bullitt this year.
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. This year, however, on top of the signature California Special side stripe and rear fender vent, the muscle vehicle gets a B&O Play 12-channel speaker system customized to the acoustics of the car's interior and a transmission equipped with rev-matching technology. New five-spoke wheels, blacked-out grille, and a front splitter borrowed from the Performance Pack 1 round out the cosmetic changes.
Inside, driver and passengers will discover rich black Miko suede-trimmed seats with embossed GT/CS insignia and contrast red accent stitching, and custom embroidered GT/CS floor mats.
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. Ford has also announced the addition of an available 1,000 watt B&O Play audio system across the GT lineup. Like 2018, the 5.0-liter cars will make 460 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque. This option is not offered on the EcoBoost engine, but that engine will now offer an optional active exhaust system for 2019.
The 2019 Mustang goes on sale this summer.