Anton Andres / Ford | March 13, 2018 18:07
Classic GT/CS package returns for the updated Ford Mustang
50 years ago, Ford released a limited-run Mustang model dubbed the GT/CS or California Special. Since 2007, they have been bringing back the special model, and the updated Mustang will be getting it as well. It's set to get retro styling cues, as well as a host of new tech seen in the brand's current portfolio.
The classic touches are seen in the front of the car with a unique grill. It features an offset Mustang badge on the left-hand side of the grill. The grill itself is completely blacked out, much like the 1968 model as seen in the movie Bullit. Headlights are given a smoked effect, as well as the foglights, and it also gains a pair of unique LED daytime running lights. Giving the lower apron more aggression is a deep chin spoiler finished in gloss black.
True to the California Special from the 60's, there's a slim black stripe running across the doors which then fades into the car's body color. The faux rear quarter panel intake makes a return for the California Special, as well as a pair of air outlets on the hood. Further separating it from the standard Mustangs are a set of unique five-spoke alloy wheels with a black and silver finish.
Besides changes to the exterior, the cabin gets special touches to the interior. The GT/CS name is embossed on the seat, along with a badge that lets your passengers know that they're in the homage from the past.
Its seats on the other hand are finished in suede and feature contrast red stitching to set it apart from non-CT/CS variants. Wrapping up the unique detailing in the Mustang California Special is a set of floormats embroidered with the GT/CS badge. Also part of the package is a Bang & Olufsen Play audio system. With that, it gains a 10-channel amplifier producing 1,000 watts across 12 high-performance speakers.
Changes aren't limited to the cosmetics as Ford also tweaked the 5.0-liter Coyote V8 for the California Special. Power is up by 10 PS while torque rises by 42 Nm and the result is 460 PS and 569 Nm of torque. The manual transmission gains a rev-matching function as well. The California Special can also be specified with the 2.3-liter EcoBoost models although it doesn't see gains in horsepower or torque.