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Ford Mustang gains limited-edition California Edition

New model harks back to 1967 Shelby GT notchback coupe prototype, named the California Special

The Ford Mustang has added a limited-run California Edition featuring exterior design changes and upgraded equipment, with prices starting from £52,105.

The Mustang California Edition is based on a 1967 Shelby GT notchback coupé prototype, named the California Special. The original car featured a grille, fog-lights and side racing stripes all finished in black, as well as a Shelby-inspired spoiler and new rear side air scoops.

Offered in a convertible bodystyle only, the Mustang’s main changes are design-based. It gains an ebony black honeycomb front grille, lower side stripes in black, red and grey, unique badging, 19in wheels and California Special decals. Each model also has a ‘California Special’ logo that is only visible in strong sunlight.

Ford says the aerodynamics of the car have been improved, with the fitment of a larger front splitter as well as optional rear side air scoops.

Inside, the Mustang California Edition features heated and cooled front seats finished in grey faux suede. The model also receives a 12in digital driver display and an instrument panel finished in aluminium.

Meanwhile, nine exterior colours are available, including Grabber Blue and Cyber Orange, which contrast with the model’s black convertible roof.

The Mustang California Edition comes only with a 5.0-litre V8 engine, which produces 443bhp and 390lb ft. The car can complete 0-62mph in 4.5sec and all models are equipped with a 10-speed automatic transmission.


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Ford Mustang California Special

The quintessential style of west coast America has crossed the Atlantic as the Ford Mustang California Special arrives in Europe for the first time.

Embodying the free-spirited ethos of the 1968 original, the new California Special is offered exclusively in convertible body style with a folding soft-top for classic looks and open-air thrills. A special-edition design package with unique badging, detailing, 19-inch alloy wheels and special "colour shift" California Special decals delivers distinctive style, and Ford's charismatic 450 PS V8 petrol engine provides the power for effortless cruising.

Inside, the Mustang California Special is designed to help liberate all the fun of the open road whatever the weather, with bespoke California Special detailing adding exclusive appeal. Standard comfort technologies include heated and cooled front seats, a 12-inch customisable instrument cluster, and advanced SYNC 3 connectivity that enables drivers to call up their favourite road trip soundtrack or find directions to the nearest beach using just their voice.

"The California Special is a huge part of the Mustang's legacy in America and it symbolises so much of what Mustang stands for: The joy of driving and the freedom of the open road. Those ideals resonate just as strongly with driving enthusiasts in Europe, so it's about time customers here got to experience the unique California Special blend of style, performance and driving fun," said Matthias Tonn, Mustang chief programme engineer, Ford of Europe.


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Ford Mustang California Special Revealed

Ford has announced a special edition of its iconic muscle car. Meet the Ford Mustang California Special.

The dream of cruising the open road in a Ford Mustang is a common one and now the American carmaker wants to make those dreams a reality.

When the first Mustang hit the roads back in 1964, many regional dealers came up with their own personalised designs. Inspired by the 1967 Shelby GT notchback coupe was the California Special, which came with a blacked-out grille, fog lights and race stripes as well as a Shelby-inspired spoiler. Ford was so impressed, it commissioned a production run.

“The California Special is a huge part of the Mustang’s legacy in America and it symbolises so much of what Mustang stands for: The joy of driving and the freedom of the open road. Those ideals resonate just as strongly with driving enthusiasts in Europe, so it’s about time customers here got to experience the unique California Special blend of style, performance and driving fun,” said Matthias Tonn, Mustang chief programme engineer, Ford of Europe.

The all-new Ford Mustang California Special is available with unique badges, 19-inch alloy wheels and funky decals. Incorporating GT/CS logos, the stripes run from the front to rear wings and feature a hidden “California Special” script that is almost invisible in low light conditions but becomes much more prominent in stronger sunlight.

 

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The new Ford Mustang California is a £52k drop-top available in the UK

New Cali special edition is a callback to the original ’68 CS

This is a special edition convertible that celebrates a sunshine-heavy state on the west coast of America... destined for a land that’s almost interminably grey and overcast. Welcome to the Ford Mustang ‘California Special’.

It takes its cues from the lovely 1968 Mustang California Special (which in turn took its cues from the ’67 Shelby GT notchback), and is thus only available as a drop-top V8. Nothing wrong with that.

As per the original Cali Special, this new car gets a black honeycomb front grille furnished with a red ‘GT/CS’ badge, side stripes, more GT/CS logos, and a ‘California Special’ script that isn’t visible in low light, but beams in stronger sunlight. Good luck finding that in Britain.

There’s a larger front splitter, and the option of rear side air scoops, along with nine colours including ‘Grabber Blue’ and ‘Cyber Orange’. You get 19in five-spoke carbon grey alloys, while inside there are heated/cooled seats as standard, ‘Miko’ suede door cards, red stitching, and some more badging.

 

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Ford Mustang Mach 1 review

WHAT'S THE VERDICT?

“Faster and better handling than the GT, but is it worth the hefty premium?”


The Mach 1 was designed to fill the gap between the Mustang GT and the Shelby GT350 or GT500. And judged on that criteria, it's a success. It’s appreciably faster, better handling and generally more sorted than the GT. And it’s not quite as exotic as the US-only Shelbys.

But it’s a huge chunk of change more expensive than the standard GT - £10,000 before you start adding options. Sure, you get the excellent MagneRide dampers, more power and the option of that rev-matching manual box. But it doesn’t feel all that different unless you’re really going for it, especially without the Track Pack features. It does look fantastic, though.

Our advice? Buy the standard GT and spend the savings on a lifetime of stickier tyres and fuel. Or maybe even a supercharger…

 

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New Ford Mustang due in 2023 and it’s keeping the V8 - here’s what we know so far

The new Ford Mustang is set to surface in 2023, a company executive has confirmed, and fans can also rejoice in the news that there will still be a V8 version despite the motor industry’s rapid shift towards downsizing and electrification.

Ford Performance director Ali Jammoul recently told Australian motoring publication Wheels that the V8 has been really successful in the Mustang, but that the company needed to make it more eco friendly in order to cope with increasingly strict emissions regulations.

"I don’t think the V8 is going away soon; at some point with electrification and with BEV you can do a lot more in terms of performance and that might be the time that V8s start to phase out. But I see Mustang continuing to carry the V8 for now,” Jammoul told Wheels.

However, he did state that any future battery-powered Mustangs would deliver the “DNA and essence” of the pony car nameplate.

“Clearly the Mustang nameplate is a brand that’s here to stay and we will look at every potential opportunity to add series and that could be electrifying. Right now I can’t share anything but we’re definitely looking at it.”

 

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WATCH | Ford's Mustang California Special headed for SA, but you'll have to be fast to get one

• The new Mustang California Special is headed for SA.

• Only 100 units will be available exclusively in Fastback guise.

• California Special delivers 330kW from its 5.0-litre V8 engine and 10-speed automatic transmission.

• It will channel the spirit of the iconic 1968 original with unique "colour shift" decals.

December 2015 was an extraordinary time in South Africa; it's when Ford officially launched the iconic Mustang locally, and it's been reaping the rewards ever since.

The Mustang remains in a class of its own, seeing the Blue Oval brand retain 87% market share of the sports car segment in 2021. Since its local introduction, 3613 cars have found new home homes with enthusiast owners.

Now, the quintessential style of west coast America is crossing the Atlantic as the Ford Mustang California Special is making its way to South Africa. The automaker says: "Embodying the free-spirited ethos of the 1968 original, the new California Special will be offered locally exclusively in Fastback coupé body style and is limited to just 100 units."

 

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Ford Mustang California Special for SA

A limited-edition Ford Mustang California Special has been confirmed for introduction in South Africa ahead of World Mustang Day on 17 April 2022.

The Mustang has been the world’s best-selling sports car for no less than 7 consecutive years!

Local Ford Mustang fans will be pleased to know that a Mustang California Special is coming to South Africa which draws inspiration from the 1968 original and it will be offered as a Fastback coupe only with just 100 units available to ensure exclusivity.

The Mustang California Special is powered by Ford’s 5.0-litre V8 engine that produces 331 kW and 529 Nm and comes paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission.

The model gains a unique special-edition look with unique badges and detailing as well as 19-inch wheels and “colour shift” California Special decals. California Special details are carried over to the interior too.

The honeycomb grille is finished in Ebony Black with a Race Red GT/CS badge making it clear that this is a special Mustang. The side decals are in black, red and grey and they also feature “California Special” script that becomes prominent in sunlight. The Mustang California Special will be offered in 8 colours including Atlas Blue and Cyber Orange.

 

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Seventh gen Ford Mustang boasts softer lines in teased front end image

The definitive Pony car has been spotted on numerous occasions parading through the city streets of Michigan adorned in heavy camouflage. A latest teased image of the seventh gen Ford Mustang boasts a softer looking front end while evolving the existing retro styling.

Prototypes of the latest Ford sports car have been spotted in the vicinity of their headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan however the Blue Oval has ensured no possibility of the model being recognised by draping the coupe with rolls of fabric camouflage that only vaguely show off the silhouette of the model.

A latest leaked image shared by Ford Authority has been spreading around the internet like wildfire after an anonymous source reportedly snapped a shot of the seventh gen Ford Mustang front end in its naked form. While the 2024 production model is still possibly a year away from official debut, the image shows a near production ready iteration of the Pony car although things may change before the model is officially unveiled.

 

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Ford Mustang California Special edition ready to gallop into SA

While muscle car fans are already anticipating the next-generation Mustang, which is expected to debut internationally in 2023, Ford is not done with the current model yet and to keep things fresh the carmaker has confirmed a new special edition.

Set to be launched in South Africa later in 2022, the Ford Mustang California Special will be limited to just 100 units locally.

Available in hardtop Fastback guise only and powered by Ford’s 330kW 5.0-litre normally aspirated V8 engine, the new edition is set apart by a number of design details. These include 19-inch alloy wheels, unique badging and detailing as well as special “colour shift” California Special decals.

Harking back to the original Ford Mustang California Special of 1968, the new model also gains an Ebony Black honeycomb grille with red GT/CS badging, which you’ll also see on the stripes that run from the front to the rear wings. These are finished in black, red and grey, and also feature a hidden “California Special” script that is almost invisible in low light conditions.

Customers will be able to choose from eight exterior colours, including Cyber Orange and Atlas Blue.

 

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Hertz Gave the Mustang Shelby GT500 140 Extra Horses and Just About Anybody Can Rent It - Jalopnik​

If you can rent a car, you can rent a 900-hp Shelby Mustang from Hertz.

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Hertz and Shelby are working together again. To celebrate a partnership spanning over half a century, the two companies have teamed up on some all-new Shelby GT-H rental Mustangs.

One of them has 900 horsepower. This might not be a good idea.

Hertz and Shelby started working together back in 1966 when 1,000 Mustang GT350s were sent to the rental company’s fleet.

Finished in black with gold stripes, the cars were later sold to the public as Shelby GT-H models.

The Shelby GT-H returned with the fifth-generation Mustang in 2006. Just 500 coupes and 500 convertibles were made between 2006 and 2007. All had the 319-horsepower 4.6-liter V8.

Now, Hertz renters will get to choose between two flavours of Shelby Mustang.

The “basic” version will be the GT-H, which has special paint and wheels but is otherwise no different from a run-of-the-mill Fun Collection Mustang—pretty much a stock GT with a performance exhaust system.

You don’t want that one, though. The one you want is the bonkers GT500-H.

Hertz started with the 760-hp Shelby GT500 and replaced the factory Roots-type supercharger with a 3.8-liter Whipple unit.

A bigger throttle body, cold-air intake, and dual-pass intercoolers bring power output to 900 hp, a 140-hp increase over a standard GT500.

Aluminium wheels with performance tires, tinted windows, special badging, and a carbon fibre hood make up the exterior changes.

Nineteen of the GT500-Hs will have shadow black paint and six will be painted white.

Hertz CEO Stephen Scherr says that “Hertz and Shelby American have created driving magic again.”

Except that magic might be tainted. Putting a 900-horsepower special edition muscle car in the hands of renters doesn’t seem like the soundest idea.

At a time when Hertz is under intense scrutiny for allegedly having hundreds of customers arrested on bogus stolen-car charges, adding a high-power, extremely limited-edition muscle car to the mix is certainly an odd choice.

The Shelby/Hertz partnership is expected to last three years, and the GT500-H will only be available at select airport locations.

 
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