2012 Ford Mustang GT California Special: Ultimate Guide

2012 Ford Mustang GT California Special

2012 Ford Mustang GT California Special

Equipment Group 402A back again

The 402A Spec level is the California Special Package was back again. It included a unique chrome billet grille with body color surround and Tri-Bar Pony Badge (w/o Fog lamps), unique side stripes, unique lower fascia with fog lamps, unique 19″x8.5″ Machined Painted Wheels, unique decklid badge with name in faux gas cap, unique instrument panel appliqué finish, unique door panel “Carbon” Inserts, unique front and fear leather seats with “Carbon” inserts, premium carpeted front floor mats with embroidered logo, rear “Diffuser-Style Lower Fascia, pedestal spoiler, decklid tape appliqué, side scoops.

The goal of the 2012 GT/CS was to give it a more aggressive look. The aggressive matte black front chin spoiler underneath a horizontal bar grill with a galloping thoroughbred off to the right side certainly did that. Signature GT-CS side stripes leading back to a set of side scoops identifying the car as a California Special, meanwhile out back the Mustang GT has a GT500 style diffuser and a larger spoiler on the blacked out deck lid. The Mustang GT-CS rides on a set of 10 spoke two tone alloy wheels branded with the GT logo and the inside will feature a few new trim options as well.

Based on the Mustang GT Premium, the 2012 GT/CS got Ford all new 5.0-liter DOHC V-8 that was good for an easy 412 horsepower.

New for 2012 was the Yellow Blaze exterior color.

California Special Package (402A)


  • Unique Chrome Billet Grille with Body Color Surround and Tri-Bar Pony Badge (w/o Fog lamps)
  • Unique side stripes — Unique Lower Fascia with Fog lamps
  • Unique 19″x8.5″ Machined Painted Wheels
  • Unique Decklid Badge with name in Faux Gas Cap
  • Unique I/P Appliqué Finish Panel
  • Unique Door Panel “Carbon” Inserts
  • Unique Front and Rear Leather Seats with “Carbon” Inserts
  • Premium carpeted front floor mats with embroidered logo
  • Rear “Diffuser-Style” Lower Fascia
  • Pedestal Spoiler — Decklid Tape
  • Appliqué Side Scoops


  • Only with GT Premium Arrays
  • Only with Black Interior Environment
  • Not Available with Rear Video Camera (77C),Over-the-top Racing Stripes (47A), Hood & Side Stripes (943) or Accessory Packages (941, 942, 944, 925, 946)
  • Only with Black Interior Environment

Specs & Performance


Type: 90-degree DOHC Ti-VCT 32-valve V-8
Displacement: 5.0L / 302 CID
Horsepower: 412 hp @ 6,600 RPM
Torque: 390 lbs.-ft. @ 4,250 RPM
Bore x Stroke: 92.2mm x 92.7mm
Compression: 11.0:1


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


Front: 13.2 in. vented disc, dual-piston caliper, high-performance pad
Rear: 11.8 in. vented disc, single-piston caliper, high-performance pad
ABS: Four-channel ABS system, linked to all-speed traction control


Wheels: 19 x 8.5 in Argent Painted/Machined Aluminum Wheels
Tires: 245/45ZR19 A/S Pirelli P-Zero Nero


0 to 60 mph: 4.3 seconds (Motor Trend)
60 to 0 braking: 105 feet (Motor Trend)
1/4-mile @ MPH: 12.8 seconds @ 110.8 mph (Motor Trend)