Ford has introduced a fresh addition to its lineup with the newly designed 2024 Mustang making its way into dealerships, and the brand is not pausing there. Ford has unveiled the California Special package, a nostalgic nod to its storied past, just ahead of its formal unveiling set for the upcoming 2023 Los Angeles Auto Show.
This new package is available for an additional $1,995 and is applicable to the Mustang GT Premium model, with options for both the coupe and convertible body styles.
Insight into the Ford Mustang
The legacy of the California Special can be traced back to the genesis of the Mustang series. Launched in 1968, the original was a dealer special crafted in the spirit of a 1967 Shelby GT prototype coupe. Known as the Mustang GT/CS, this iteration boasted a distinctive blacked-out grille, fog lights, and a side racing stripe that finished just before the rear fender scoop.
While the 2024 version maintains homage to its predecessor through its black grille and side striping, it departs in certain respects. Notably absent is the rear fender’s side scoop, previously seen on former California Special models, and the introduction of striking Rave Blue accents. These accents are not limited to the grille but extend to the two available designs of the standard 19-inch wheels.
Exploring the 2024 Ford Mustang GT California Special
Inside the vehicle, the Rave Blue accents complement the black trim which features across the leather seats. The interior is further distinguished with contrast stitching that weaves together shades of blue and gray. The aesthetic is completed with specialized badges and floor mats unique to this package.
Under the hood, the Mustang GT’s 5.0-liter V-8 remains unaltered, offering a choice between a 6-speed manual or a 10-speed automatic transmission. The engine delivers 480 horsepower by default, which can be elevated to 486 horsepower with an optional active exhaust system, available for an extra $1,225.
For those desiring heightened performance, Ford has teased a supercharger upgrade at the 2023 SEMA show earlier in the month. Though still under development, it promises to pump out at least 800 horsepower. Pricing details remain undisclosed, but for context, a comparable enhancement for the preceding Mustang iteration was priced at $8,500.
The Los Angeles Auto Show will officially kick off on November 16, but enthusiasts eager to secure the California Special package can already make their orders through Ford’s official website.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about 2024 Ford Mustang GT California Special
What is the 2024 Ford Mustang GT California Special package?
The California Special package is a special edition offering for the 2024 Ford Mustang GT Premium model, available in both coupe and convertible. It features unique aesthetic touches including a blacked-out grille, Rave Blue accents, and a choice of 19-inch wheel designs. The interior boasts black trim with blue and gray contrast stitching, custom badges, and floor mats.
How much does the California Special package cost?
The package is priced at $1,995, which can be added to the Mustang GT Premium grade.
Can the California Special package be added to any Mustang model?
No, the package is exclusive to the Mustang GT Premium grade.
Are there any performance upgrades included in the California Special package?
The package itself does not include performance upgrades to the engine; however, the 5.0-liter V-8 engine remains standard. There is an optional active exhaust system for an additional $1,225 that boosts horsepower, and a separate supercharger upgrade is under development, expected to deliver at least 800 hp.
When can I order the 2024 Ford Mustang GT California Special package?
Orders for the California Special package are already open through Ford’s website, even before the vehicle’s debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
When will the 2024 Ford Mustang GT California Special be officially unveiled?
The official debut of the California Special package will occur at the Los Angeles Auto Show, which begins on November 16, 2023.
More about 2024 Ford Mustang GT California Special
- 2024 Ford Mustang GT Unveiled
- Mustang GT California Special Package Details
- Ford at the LA Auto Show
- 2024 Mustang GT Performance Features
- Ford Mustang GT Premium Models
- Ordering the California Special Package
- Ford’s SEMA Show Announcements