The California Special Is Back For The Seventh-Gen Mustang

By the end of 2024, the Mustang will stand alone as the last V8-powered muscle car. With the Camaro and Challenger gone, and the Charger going electric, the Mustang is keeping the V8 tradition alive. You’ve got options, from the EcoBoost to the GT, and now the California Special for those who want that extra edge.

The California Special has a rich history dating back to 1968, when Ford wanted to give something extra to their California dealerships. For this new generation California Special, it gets unique touches like the metallic blue accents, special badging, and dual-color side stripes.

Under the hood, the 5.0L V8 pumps out 486 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque. It’s paired with a 10-speed automatic, though you can still get a six-speed manual. Inside, the California Special gets special treatment with unique stitching, badges, and trim. The infotainment system is top-notch, with a large screen and all the tech you need.

Priced at $1995, the GT/CS package starts at $47,610 for the coupe and $53,110 for the convertible. Is it worth it though? Let’s find out as a Joe from Raiti’s Rides explores the new addition to the seventh-generation Mustang.