Ford brings back California Special for 7th generation Mustang
Say the words “California Special” to any Mustang enthusiast, and more than likely they'll think of a stylish but rare pony car that saw limited production in 1968. In fact, it was originally targeted to have a production run of around 5,000 units. Ultimately, only 4,118 units were made in just a span of around 5 months.
With its limited production numbers, the California Special is now considered rare and examples in good condition fetch for a high price. Fast forward to 2023, and the Blue Oval has decided to bring back the California Special name for the 7th generation pony car.
Say hello to the 2024 Ford Mustang California Special, and it's quite the looker. But before we dive in at this special edition pony car, this is not the first time Ford released a new California Special. The automaker first brought back the name in 2007 as an appearance pack for the fifth-generation model.
For the seventh-generation Mustang, Ford decided to make it stand out more by giving it eye-catching details finished in Rave Blue. These can be seen on the grille intake surrounds, stylish alloy wheels, and on the 5.0 and GT emblems. Going back to the alloy wheels, these feature a Carbonized Gray finish that comes with the GT/CS logo that's also finished in Rave Blue.
Other key highlights on the exterior include; dark tinted headlights, the signature GT/CS logo on the grille itself, and the side graphics painted in Medium Light Rave Blue with High-Low Gloss Black styling elements.
Much like the exterior, the cabin of the California Special gets a similar theme. For starters, the seats combine a perforated Navy Pier upholstery along with Ebony leather. They also feature dual contrast stitching in Raptor Blue and Metal Gray hues which can be seen on the seats, dashboard, center console, steering wheel, and door trim.
Under the hood, the 2024 Mustang California Special will be available in both coupe and convertible body styles. Powertrain-wise, this particular pony car is only available on the GT Premium variant which means it will only be available with a 5.0-liter Coyote V8 that pushes out 487 PS with 562 Nm of torque. The V8 is then paired with either a 6-speed manual or a 10-speed automatic transmission.
The 2024 Mustang California Special will be making its official debut at this year's Los Angeles Auto Show next week. As to when the all-new pony car will arrive in the Philippines, we already received insider information that it may supposedly arrive later this year. And before you ask, yes, we will still get the Mustang with V8 and EcoBoost powertrains based on government approvals.
We'll be keeping our fingers crossed Ford Philippines will reveal it very soon.