Limited edition Ford Mustang California lands in Mzansi

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The Ford Mustang California Special has arrived in South Africa, bringing the quintessential style of west coast America across the Atlantic to local shores. Embodying the free-spirited ethos of the 1968 original, the new California Special is available in South Africa exclusively in Fastback coupé body style paired with the muscular 5.0L V8 engine and 10-speed automatic transmission.

Limited to just 100 units locally, it offers a high level of exclusivity for enthusiast buyers and builds on the instant sell-out success of previous special edition models, comprising the Mustang Bullitt in 2019, and the Mustang Mach 1 in 2021.

The newest Mustand special edition reflects the original California Mustang with a honeycomb front grille finished in Ebony Black and featuring a GT/CS badge in Race Red, as well as lower side stripes finished in black, red and grey. Incorporating GT/CS logos, the stripes run from the front to the rear wings and feature a hidden “California Special” script that is almost invisible in low light conditions but becomes much more prominent in stronger sunlight. Like the original, aerodynamic enhancements hint at V8 performance, including a larger front splitter, a rear wing from the GT Performance Package, and the introduction of side air scoops behind the doors for the first time on the Mustang range in SA – all of which give the car a more muscular stance.

At the rear, a California Special faux filler cap sits above quad 4.5-inch tailpipes linked to the Active Valve performance exhaust. Unique five-spoke alloy wheels add to the exclusivity. Front 19×9-inch and rear 19×9.5-inch wheels are finished in Carbonised Grey to complement the front splitter, side skirts and rear diffuser. Nine exterior colours are available, including signature Atlas Blue and Cyber Orange Tri-Coat, providing eye-catching contrast with the distinctive black and grey detailing. Customers also have the option of five other metallic colours: Rapid Red, Dark Matter Grey, Carbonized Grey and Oil Slick Purple. Solid colours comprise Shadow Back and Oxford White.

Further design touches and comfort features inside the Mustang California Special highlight its special edition status. Standard heated and cooled front seats help occupants stay comfortable regardless of the weather. The leather seats and door inserts are part-finished in grey Miko® suede – an ecological, synthetic material made from recycled polyester – with red stitching. Seats and floor mats are embossed with the GT/CS logo, and the instrument panel is finished in Carbon Hex aluminium with a unique Mustang California Special badge. Ford’s SYNC®3 communication and entertainment system is designed to always be ready for a spur of the moment road trip, enabling drivers to control their connected smartphones, audio, navigation, and climate control functions with conversational voice commands and a central eight-inch touch screen.

The system is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Standard driver assistance technologies, including Adaptive Cruise Control with Pre-Collision Assist and Lane Keeping Alert, help make every day driving less demanding.

The Mustang California Special’s 5.0-litre V8 engine – delivering 330kW and 529Nm of torque – provides the performance and soundtrack befitting the Mustang badge. As one of the few remaining naturally aspirated V8 engines on the market, it provides a thoroughly engaging driving experience. Combined with Ford’s advanced 10-speed automatic transmission, the Mustang California Special is capable of accelerating from standstill to 100 km/h in just 4.5 seconds. The automatic transmission also optimises performance depending on the selected drive mode. Normal, Sport, Track, Drag and Snow/Wet modes deliver the appropriate driving experience, whether on Route 62 or the N2. Good Neighbour mode limits the exhaust’s noise output to avoid disrupting the neighbourhood. Traction and cornering grip are maximised by a standard limited-slip differential and MagneRide® Damping System. The system monitors driving conditions one thousand times per second and uses an electronically-controlled fluid to match damping resistance to the driving scenario. Confident braking performance is provided by large-diameter 380x34mm ventilated discs and six-piston fixed aluminium Brembo callipers in front, along with 330x25mm discs and floating Brembo callipers at the rear.

The Mustang California Special is priced at R1 154 900 (incl. VAT). Included as standard is Ford Protect comprising a four-year/120 000km warranty, three-year/unlimited distance Roadside Assistance and five-year/unlimited distance corrosion warranty. The recommended service interval is 15 000km or annually, whichever occurs first.

Customers have the option of purchasing a service plan, while the warranty can be extended up to seven years or 200 000km, and Roadside Assistance for an additional one or two years.