This is a limited-edition cabriolet honoring a sunny state of America's west coast. The Ford Mustang "California Special" is now purchasable.
It is inspired by the gorgeous 1968 Mustang California Special (itself was based on the '67 Shelby GT notchback), but is only available as a drop-top V8. That's not an issue.
This new car has a black honeycomb front grille with a red "GT/CS" badge, side stripes, more GT/CS emblems, and a "California Special" lettering that isn't visible in low light but shines brightly in bright sunlight, just like the original Cali Special.
There's a larger front splitter, and the option of rear side air scoops, along with nine colors including "Grabber Blue" and "Cyber Orange". You get 19in five-spoke carbon gray alloys, while inside there are heated/cooled seats as standard, "Miko" suede door cards, red stitching, and some more badging.
Further inside, there’s that familiar 5.0-liter V8 up front still delivering 444bhp and 390lb ft of torque, a six-speed manual with rev matching and, of course, rear-wheel drive. 0-62mph takes 4.5 seconds. The Stang's other regular goodies include adaptive dampers and a limited slip diff.
"The California Special is a huge part of the Mustang's legacy in America, and it symbolizes so much of what Mustang stands for," said Matthias Tonn, Mustang chief program engineer for Ford Europe. "It's about time customers here got to experience the unique California Special blend of style, performance and driving fun."
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