The new California Special package costs $1,995 over the price of the V8-powered Mustang GT Premium
November 9, 2023 at 07:15
Shortly before the Mustang’s 60th anniversary in 2024, Ford has introduced a new package for the 7th-generation model, reviving the California Special name. The 2024 Mustang GT California Special will be offered in both Fastback and Cabrio body styles, featuring eye-catching Rave Blue accents on the exterior and complementing interior details.
The first California Special was introduced in 1968, but Ford revived the name back in 2007 as a special appearance package. In order to differentiate it from all previous iterations, the new California Special showcases distinctive Rave Blue details on the nostril intake surrounds, alloy wheels, and around the GT and 5.0 emblems. Additional exterior features include dark-tinted headlights, the iconic GT/CS badge on the grille, and side graphics that blend Medium Light Rave Blue with High- and Low-Gloss Black elements.
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The standard 19-inch alloy wheels feature a Carbonized Gray finish with a GT/CS logo in Rave Blue. For an even more striking effect, there is also the option of the 19-inch Performance Pack wheels with a machined face and Rave Blue pockets.
Ford designers applied a similar theme to the interior. The seats combine perforated Navy Pier upholstery with Ebony Black leather. Furthermore, dual-color contrast stitching featuring Raptor Blue and Metal Gray threads can be found on the seats, dashboard, center console, steering wheel, and door cards. The name of the package can be found on the dashboard, with matching GT/CS floor mats.
The 2024 Ford Mustang GT California Special is already available to order, adding a cost of $1,995 to the price of the GT Premium. As with the latter, the package is exclusively available with the 5.0-liter V8 engine, paired to either a 6-speed manual or an optional 10-speed automatic. The new GT/CS will make its public debut at the 2023 Los Angeles Auto Show on November 16.
After the introduction of the GT/CS, Mustang Brand Manager, Joe Bellino, hinted at more special editions of the pony car for the future, stating, “Mustang has a rich well of special edition models to draw from, and we’ll continue to reinvent them for a new audience”.