Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Sci-tech | By Brandy Patterson

Ford to offer 2019 Mustang GT California Special

Ford to offer 2019 Mustang GT California Special

Mustang last offered a California Special back in 2016.

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.

For 2019 all Mustang GT's with the manual transmission will now feature rev matching. 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.

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2019 is going to look at lot like 1968 at Ford dealerships.

On the outside, the California Special Mustang flaunts a fading stripe stretching from the 5.0 badge up front to the rear fenders, a blackened grille, a splitter donated by the Mustang Performance Pack 1 and five-spoke machined rims.

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. Climbing inside, this limited-run Mustang is adorned with Miko suede seats, red stitching, and special "GT/CS" embroidering throughout.

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Also on the tech side is the B&O Play 1,000-watt sound system with 12 speakers and a 10-channel amplifier.

When the class-exclusive quad-tip fully variable active valve performance exhaust hit the streets for Mustang GT for 2018, critics and customers alike raved over the deep throaty sound of the 5.0-liter V8 engine.

It also comes with options available on standard Mustang models, including a quiet start mode and customizable digital instrument cluster.

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The 2019 Mustang goes on sale this summer.

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