Ford Mustang California Special lands in Europe

The quintessential style of west coast America has crossed the Atlantic with the new Ford Mustang California Special.

The quintessential style of west coast America has crossed the Atlantic with the new 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.

Powered by Ford’s 5.0-litre 450 PS V8 petrol engine, combined with its six-speed manual transmission means acceleration from zero to 100km/h is 4.8 seconds for the new California Special. Should buyers opt for the 10-speed automatic transmission, then this is reduced to 4.5-seconds.

It is also offered exclusively in convertible body style with a folding soft-top – embodying the free-spirited ethos of the 1968 original.

A special-edition design package is available with unique badging, detailing, 19-inch alloy wheels and special ‘colour shift’ California Special decals.

There are nine exterior colours offered, including signature Grabber Blue and Cyber Orange. Under the bonnet, a strut tower brace features a California Special badge. Normal, Sport, Track and Snow/Wet modes deliver the appropriate driving experience whether on Route 66 or the M6.

There is a Good Neighbour mode that can automatically limit the exhaust’s noise output at pre-programmed times of the day. Traction and cornering grip are maximised by a standard limited-slip differential, and a MagneRide suspension system is available.

Ford says bespoke California Special detailing adds exclusive appeal to its interior. Standard comfort technologies include heated and cooled front seats, a 12-inch customisable instrument cluster, and advanced SYNC 3 connectivity.

Ford did not announce EU or Irish pricing, but it is priced at £52,105 in the UK, making it more expensive than a regular Mustang GT Convertible.

The Ford Mustang California Special expands its family, which includes the Mustang GT fastback and convertible; the track-ready Mustang Mach 1; as well as the all-electric Mustang Mach-E and Mustang Mach-E GT.

 

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