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2024 Ford Mustang GT California Special Officially Debuts

The California Special is one of the older and more notable Ford Mustang variants, having been around since the pony car’s first generation – on and off, of course. The most recent version of this particular offering debuted for the 2022 model year, adding a host of unique styling features on the inside and outside, though it could also be paired with the GT Performance Package for those that wanted a bit more. Now, following the debut and launch of the all-new S650 generation pony car, this long-running offering is back in the form of the 2024 Ford Mustang GT California Special.

The first thing most will notice about the brand new 2024 Ford Mustang GT California Special is that it’s equipped with a variety of Rave Blue accents adorning the nostril intakes, which are part of a new horizontal-slat grille with low gloss black strakes. The headlights are surrounded by black bezels, while Medium Light Rave Blue and High- and Low-Gloss Black California Special logos are present on the lower body sides.

Customers who opt for the California Special package get two 19-inch wheel designed to choose from – the standard Carbonized Gray units with a Rave Blue GT/CS pad-printed logo, or machined face wheels with Rave Blue pockets for those that opt for the Performance Pack. There are also Rave Blue outlines on the 5.0L engine badge on the front fenders, the rear GT badge, and the GT/CS badge in the grille is also finished in that signature color.

Those blue accents continue inside the cabin, where the 2024 Mustang GT California Special is equipped with perforated Navy Pier upholstery and Ebony Black leather seats, along with Raptor Blue and Metal Gray contrast stitching in various places throughout the cabin, plus a California Special IP badge and GT/CS floor mats.

The 2024 Ford Mustang GT California Special package retails for $1,995 and is available specifically on Premium models, as a coupe or convertible, and with either the six-speed manual gearbox or the optional 10-speed automatic transmission. Order banks are open now, and the new GT/CS is set to make its public debut at the Los Angeles Motor Show on November 16th as well, giving pony car fans the chance to check it out up close and personal.

We’ll have more on the 2024 Ford Mustang GT California Special soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Ford Mustang news and non-stop Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. SCEcoBoost

    Internet consensus is that it’s atrocious and WAY overpriced, like everything else Ford these days. At least it’s not Malibu Barbie hot pink. Maybe next year, for $5995. Guess we know what they were doing instead of negotiating better.

    1. Paul Benedict

      I’ve liked past vintages of the California Special. I was looking forward to when Ford would offer it on the new Mustang. I am very dissapointed as this one just looks stupid. It’s not classy at all.
      Actually, a Barbie Mustang might go over well with some 50-ish women with more money than sense. They certainly showed up for the movie. It could have a BREMBO brake system with pink brake calipers. Maybe pink or bright white leather seats and extra large vanity mirrors.

  2. Buck

    Past California Specials look fairly good but this one is so disappointedly underwhelming I can even laugh at it.

  3. Richard Jones

    Some people always have something negative to say, if you don’t like it don’t buy it, I’m pretty sure that Ford would not go broke.

    1. Jim Elsasser

      Dont count on it. Farley is driving Ford right into the ground.

  4. Gary

    I have always like previous California Specials and was waiting to order my new Mustang until it came out. This version is very disappointing, but I’ll still order the new car, just not with this option.

  5. Gary.virginia

    The modern style of the stang is sporting and looks fast just sitting. Love the blue accent especially on the wheels. Would have loved seeing more of interior…


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