2008 Ford Mustang GT/CS California Special: Ultimate Guide

GT/CS "California Special" Returned In 2007 was Back Again for 2008

2008 Ford Mustang GT:CS California Special

2008 Ford Mustang GT/CS California Special

Homage to the original California Special is Back Again

The most distinctive change for the 2007 Mustang came in the form of the California Special edition, and it was back again for 2008 model year. 

The Mustang GT California Special is available on GT Premium models and includes 18-inch wheels, side scoops, unique tape stripes, rolled bright exhaust tips, black leather trimmed seats with unique Cal Special contrasting Dove or Parchment leather inserts, a larger air intake, a chin spoiler (1.5 inches lower than GT), and unique front and rear fascias.

An appearance package was available for the Mustang GT featuring rolled exhaust tips, an engine cover with a Pony emblem and a hood scoop. The California Special and GT appearance packages can be ordered separately or combined to give Mustang enthusiasts one of the most expressive Mustang GTs ever offered.

The California Special (GT/CS) was available with a GT/CS tape stripe, side scoops, and unique front and rear fascias with a chin spoiler that sits 1.5″ lower than on the GT and a rear diffuser inspired by the Ford GT and Shelby GT500. Inside, the GT/CS has heated two-tone black and dove (light grey) or black and chamois (light tan) leather seats and the rearview mirror has an integrated compass and temperature and HomeLink, which allows the owner to open his or her garage door with a button on the mirror. The GT/CS is available nationwide as either a coupe or convertible.

Mechanically, the ’08 model was identical to previous year. The only noteworthy change came in the exterior paint color palette, with Dark Candy Apple Red replacing Redfire Metallic.

Press Release (for 2007 MY GT/CS)

Los Angeles, April 10 – Ever since Ford announced it was going to build a production version of the Shelby GT500 Concept, enthusiasts have been abuzz with speculation about what other specialty Mustangs were in the works. Would Ford bring back the Boss? Could they be contemplating another Mach 1? How about another Bullitt? Their wait is now over: While the competition scrambles once again to play catch-up to Ford, Mustang momentum continues to grow with the introduction of the uniquely styled, limited-edition 2007 Mustang GT/CS or California Special.

The Mustang GT/California Special arrives in late summer as a full, stand-alone option package on the 2007 Mustang. Much like the 1968 GT/CS that offered Mustang buyers more aggressive styling that was inspired by the Shelby GT, the new California Special also draws some cues from the 2007 Shelby. What’s more, it offers the kind of limited-production exclusivity that has made the original California Special such a big favorite with Mustang collectors over the years.

The new Mustang has been a runaway sales success ever since it bolted out of the starting gate 18 months ago. Today, Ford’s Mustang remains the hottest selling car in America. It’s no secret that the upcoming Shelby GT500 has driven performance-hungry enthusiasts to Ford dealerships across the country in search of information on purchasing the most powerful factory Mustang ever produced. And all indications are that the GT500 will be yet another Mustang sales success. But the Mustang has always been about choice and meeting the customer’s needs and Ford Motor Company knows that there are customers who don’t require the ultimate performance Mustang, yet still desire something special beyond the Mustang GT. The 2007 California Special fits the bill.

The GT/CS was originally a limited-production 1968 Mustang coupe fitted with Shelby Mustang dress-up pieces and sold only though dealerships in California. It was available with any engine, and either with or without the GT option. The 2007 California Special can be ordered as either a coupe or convertible and will be available though Ford dealerships across the country.

The 2007 version has an aggressive front fascia with an integrated chin spoiler that sits 1.5 inches lower than the Mustang GT to provide a larger air opening for increased cooling performance. Familiar California Special style bodyside racing stripes run from the front fenders across the doors and fade-out at the end of the door.

Out back, a unique rear fascia styled with less tuck-in features a lower air-diffuser design that is similar to the rear of the 2007 Shelby GT500, itself inspired by the rear diffuser on the Ford GT supercar. As an added touch, the dual exhaust system on the new Mustang GT/CS sports bright, rolled tips for a cleaner, more refined appearance. The car will also come standard with the Mustang GT’s optional 18-inch polished aluminum wheels and performance tires. (Those seeking further differentiation can even add a hood scoop by ordering the GT Appearance Package.)

We’ve taken the spirit behind the original Cal Special, a regional package that personalized the Mustang for the West Coast buyer and created a more aggressive, customized Mustang for customers everywhere, said Joe Siler, Design Manager, Ford Vehicle Personalization. We think the result has all of the high-style flair of the original.

Exclusive touches carry over to the inside of the new California Special, as well. Starting with the array of bright-polished and satin-aluminum finished items in the Interior Upgrade Package (which is required to order a Mustang GT/CS), the cabin comes dressed in either Dove or Parchment environments, including black leather seats with unique Cal Special Dove or Parchment GT Leather inserts. Plus, matching front floormats include special Mustang badging to further distinguish the GT/CS interior.

There’s even more style under the hood of the new California Special: The Mustang GT’s 300-horsepower 3-valve 4.6-liter V-8 gets treated to a unique engine cover that gives the engine compartment the kind of dressed-up look that you’d only expect to see at custom car show. (For those who may wish their GT/CS had a little more “go” along with all the extra “show”, the Ford Racing Performance Group offers several exciting parts packages to provide some additional kick. One popular choice is the Ford Racing Power Pack, which includes a 90mm Cold Air kit, a performance Muffler Kit and the special Ford Racing engine calibration which was good for about 20 additional horsepower at the rear wheels.

The 2007 Mustang GT/CS goes on sale later this summer. The GT Cal Special option package adds $1,895 to the price of a Mustang GT (available with either a five-speed manual or automatic transmission) with the requisite Premium and Interior Upgrade packages. Exterior color choices are limited to Redfire Metallic, Performance White, Vista Blue Metallic and Black. Valencia Yellow is to be added later in the model run. Production estimates have not been finalized, but the 2007 California Special is expected to surpass the sales total of its predecessor of nearly 40 years ago, when 4,325 copies of the GT/CS were sold.

Advertisements touting the 1968 GT/CS exclaimed that California made it happen.When it comes to Mustangs, Ford Motor Company makes special editions happen because of America’s ongoing love affair with its favorite sporty car Mustang. After the rebirth of the Mustang and Mustang GT for 2005, the Pony Package for 2006, plus the Shelby GT500 and now the California Special for 2007, Mustang excitement continues unbridled for yet another model year. And if Mustang’s storied past is any indication, you can expect even more special breeds in the future.

GT California Special Option Package (54C)


  • Premium array GT Coupe (140A) or Convertible (180A)
  • Interior Upgrade Package


  • Unique front and rear fascia combination including:
    • Front
      • Larger air intake
      • Integrated chin spoiler
      • 1.5 inch lower ride height than Mustang GT
    • Rear
      • Race car style diffuser look
      • Reduced rear tuck-in design
  • Unique California Special bodyside scoops
  • Unique GT/CS bodyside stripes
  • Bright rolled dual exhaust tips
  • 18-inch polished aluminum 5-spoke wheels (64W)
  • Black with Dove or Black with Parchment interior trim
  • Black leather seats w/contrasting Cal Special Dove or Parchment GT Leather inserts
  • Mustang badged floor mats
  • Shown (white convertible below) with optional GT Appearance Package 54G:
    • Hood Scoop
    • Pony emblem engine cover
  • Available in Redfire Metallic, Performance White, Vista Blue Metallic or Black

Not available with

  • Premier Trim with Color Accent Package (68B)
  • Sport Appearance Package with Color Accent (18M)

Specs & Performance


Type: 90-degree SOHC 24-valve V-8
Displacement: 4.6L / 281 CID
Horsepower: 300 hp @ 5,750 RPM
Torque: 320 lbs.-ft. @ 4,500 RPM
Bore x Stroke: 90.2mm x 90mm
Compression: 9.8:1


Front: Reverse-L Independent MacPherson Strut, 34-mm Stabilizer bar
Rear: 3-link solid axle with coil springs, panard rod, 20-mm stabilizer bar


Front: 12.4 in. vented disc, dual-piston caliper
Rear: 11.8 in. vented disc, single-piston caliper
ABS: Four-channel ABS system, linked to all-speed traction control


Wheels: 18 x 8 in., 5-spoke, polished aluminum
Tires: 235/50ZR18 BSW High-Performance


0 to 60 mph: 5.1 seconds (Car and Driver)
60 to 0 braking: 130 feet (Est.)
1/4-mile @ MPH: 13.8 seconds @ 103 mph (Car & Driver)


Total Produced: 7,427
Total Coupe Produced: 4,918
– Ebony Clearcoat: 1,395
– Dark Candy Apple Red – 1,278
– Performance White: 1,273
– Vista Blue: 719
– Grabber Orange: 253
Total Convertible Produced: 2,509
– Ebony Clearcoat: 718
– Performance White: 703
– Dark Candy Apple Red: 700
– Vista Blue: 275
– Grabber Orange: 113