Ford Mustang California Special Gets Updates Inside and Out

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Ford let out the world's worst-kept secret Sunday night, revealing the 2019 Mustang Bullitt before its debut at the Detroit auto show.

The original 1968 California Special, or GT/CS, was a regional package cooked up for Golden State dealers.

Just like the original, this new version of special Mustang GT has a blacked-out grille and side racing stripe. It wore a Shelby-inspired spoiler, custom tail lamps and twist-lock hood fasteners. One such change is the return of the California Special appearance package. The Bullitt being sold in Europe offers the same torque output, but thanks to a new air intake system and an engine calibration, the movie cars offer 464 PS - or 457 horsepower. The California Special will feature an open grille, the Mustang Performance Pack 1 front splitter, and specific five-spoke wheels.

The interior of the vehicle is made with suede-trimmed seats made with microfiber and in contrast colors with red stitching. Signature California Special script badging appears on the passenger-side dash panel.

"Few things are more satisfying than dropping the top on a California Special and taking a drive down the majestic Pacific Coast Highway", Mark Conforzi, Ford designer, said in the release. The rev-matching mimics heel-and-toe action by matching RPM when downshifting, which is beneficial when preparing for a turn.

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Ford is also leveraging its new partnership with B&O Play on the 2019 Mustang.

The newly optional, a thousand Watt Band and Olufsen audio systems.

The four-cylinder turbocharged petrol EcoBoost model misses out on rev-matching but can be optioned with a new fully variable active valve performance exhaust that Ford says will add an "aggressive snarl" though quad-tip exhaust outlets while "good neighbour" mode keeps the peace on early morning starts. Carroll Shelby may be the most renowned Mustang tuner, but there were other variants of Ford's iconic pony vehicle that were just as popular.

Moreover, Mustang enthusiasts can also personalize their with new vintage-inspired colors including Velocity Blue, Need for Green and the iconic Bullitt model's exclusive Dark Highland Green.

Mustang last offered a California Special back in 2016.

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