Ford introduced the exclusive California Special package, set to make its debut at the 2023 Los Angeles auto show, as an optional add-on for the Mustang GT Premium model, coming at an extra cost of $1,995. This package is open for both the coupe and convertible versions.
The origins of the California Special can be traced back to the original Mustang, initially launched as a dealer special in 1968, drawing inspiration from the 1967 Shelby GT notchback coupe prototype. Originally known as the Mustang GT/CS, this special edition featured a blacked-out grille, fog lamps, and a side racing stripe that ended before a rear fender scoop.
The modern iteration pays homage to the original model with its blacked-out grille and side stripes, albeit with some modifications. In contrast to the earlier California Special, the current version does not include a side scoop on the rear fender, but it compensates with the introduction of vibrant blue accents in the form of Rave Blue. These blue accents extend to the 19-inch wheels, which are available in two distinct designs.
Internally, the blue accents blend seamlessly with the black trim, including the leather seats, and the contrast stitching comprises a mix of blue and gray threads. The package is completed with unique badges and floor mats.
Unchanged, the Mustang GT’s 5.0-liter V-8 engine remains an option, with the choice between a 6-speed manual or a 10-speed automatic transmission. The engine offers 480 hp as standard or 486 hp with the optional active exhaust system, which comes at an extra cost of $1,225.
Though the L.A. auto show is scheduled to start on November 16, interested buyers can already secure the California Special package via Ford’s official website.