March 22, 2018

Ford to offer 2019 Mustang GT California Special

12 March 2018, 06:26 | Lucia Cruz

The California Special includes the Mustang's 5.0-liter V-8 mated to a six-speed manual transmission and will get 460 hp and 420 pound-feet of torque

The California Special includes the Mustang's 5.0-liter V-8 mated to a six-speed manual transmission and will get 460 hp and 420 pound-feet of torque

Inspired by the original 1968 Ford Mustang GT/CS, which itself borrowed cues from a 1968 Shelby GT500 prototype nicknamed "Little Red", the new, 2019 Mustang GT California Special is loaded with unique aesthetic touches that help it to stand out from the crowd.

1 - Like all of the California Special models before it, the 2019 Mustang GT/CS comes with a black grille.

Along with the return of the Bullitt-edition Mustang GT, inspired by the vehicle Steve McQueen drove in the classic film, Ford will also be offering a California Special version of the pony auto after a year hiatus.

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"Few things are more satisfying than dropping the top on a California Special and taking a drive down the majestic Pacific Coast Highway", said Mark Conforzi, Ford designer.

The original California Special, dubbed the GT/CS, was a dealer-specific package offered only in the coastal state before Ford took it nation-wide in 1968. The next CS will get the 5.0-liter V8, a manual or automatic transmission and a few other unique pieces. They trace from the front fenders, just behind the wheel arches, back to the rear fender scoops, and feature cut-out "GT/CS" lettering. Ford is packing some very cool tech into the 2019 California Special with a 6-speed manual transmission that features rev-matching technology.

Customers who opt for the special edition vehicle get a blacked-out grille, exclusive wheels, a lower splitter and a side body stripe. Inside, it comes with synthetic suede-trimmed seats, special logos, contrasting red stitching and a script badge on the passenger-side dash. Ford says that rev-match tech will "ensure smoother and more spirited day-to-day-driving".

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