This 2019 Mustang gets a special treatment courtesy of the Golden State – it’s the new California Special.
Back in 1968, some California dealers got together and said, “You know what would be great? What if we had our own special edition Mustang?” Ah, but what to call it? Why, the California Special, of course!
Okay, that’s probably not exactly how the conversation went down, but the point is the California Special Mustang was born a few years into its first generation. Dubbed “GT/CS”, it was basically an appearance package used to help drum up more sales by offering a unique-looking model. That one included special fog lights, hood pins, side scoops, side stripes, and Thunder-bird style rear tail lights. Throughout the 2000s, Ford reintroduced the California Special in the last generation Mustang.
Now, the California Special is back once again in the sixth-generation Mustang. The last time we saw the special edition model wasn’t that long ago, as it was available in 2016 and 2017 models. This time around, the GT/CS badge adorns the facelifted version. You don’t get any extra oomph – there’s still 460 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque fired to the rear-wheels from a 5.0-liter Coyote V8. That power is sent through a six-speed manual transmission, and there’s also rev-matching to help out the driver on downshifts.
Apart from that, appearance changes, including the hood scoops, fading stripe and “GT/CS” livery set the car apart from an ordinary Mustang. Not only that, but this particular model hosts a 1,000-watt, 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system. Specifically, the B&O Play system pumps out sound through a 10-channel amplifier to those twelve speakers.