The 2019 Ford Mustang California Special pulls some of the aesthetic DNA from the original 1968 vehicle without managing to look hokey, no mean feat these days.
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.
New for 2019 is a rev-matching six-speed manual. Ford was so impressed by one particular dealer's rendition, they put it into production in 1968 and dubbed it the California Special.
Most recognizable of all its many visual tweaks is the California Special's fading black side stripes - a telltale fixture that's been a part of every GT/CS since the second-generation model from 2007-'09. The next CS will get the 5.0-liter V8, a manual or automatic transmission and a few other unique pieces.
Climb inside the new GT Calfiornia Special and you'll be greeted by seats trimmed in black Miko® suede with red accent stitching and embossed GT/CS insignias, paired with embroidered GT/CS floor mats. On downshifts, the engine rpm instantly kicks up to smooth out the transition between gears.
Customized to the acoustics of the interior, sound engineers tuned the B&O Play audio system to take both the static and dynamic states of Mustang into account to elevate the senses regardless of driving conditions.
Despite just being refreshed for 2018, Ford is bringing several changes to the 2019 Mustang.
It also comes with options available on standard Mustang models, including a quiet start mode and customizable digital instrument cluster. It appeared on stage with a surviving dark Highland green. "While colors like Shadow Black and Magnetic Gray will still be popular for those who prefer to go stealth, these new colors pack a brighter, more vibrant punch for 2019".
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