Ford Mustang California Special adds a little more go to its show

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Besides the paint job, today's reiteration of the California Special Mustang involves a fair share of technology.

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.

The original version, pictured below, featured a blacked-out grille, fog lamps and self-proclaimed "over-the-top" racing stripes.

Most notably, perhaps, is the Cali Special's fading side stripe that flows from the "5.0" badge and into the side scoop. At the front, the auto follows the blacked-out open grille and picks up the Mustang Performance Pack 1 splitter.

Inside are Miko suede-trimmed seats with "GT/CS" embossed on them, red stitching and custom GT/CS floor mats.


To complement the visual styling, the 5-liter V8 making 460 hp and 420 lb-ft connects to a six-speed manual gearbox with Rev Matching tech. On downshifts, the engine rpm instantly kicks up to smooth out the transition between gears.

Ford is also leveraging its new partnership with B&O Play on the 2019 Mustang.

Despite just being refreshed for 2018, Ford is bringing several changes to the 2019 Mustang. This option is not offered on the EcoBoost engine, but that engine will now offer an optional active exhaust system for 2019. This class-exclusive quad-tip exhaust system can be controlled by the drive mode system or via personalized MyMode settings through the 12-inch all-digital LCD instrument panel, as well as through the standard 4.2-inch cluster.

As far as body colors are concerned, Ford adds three new such hues for 2019: Velocity Blue, Need for Green and Dark Highland Green.

The 2019 Ford Mustang will go on sale this summer.

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