Back in early November, the all-new 2024 Ford Mustang GT California Special was officially revealed, carrying on a tradition that has perpetuated for some time now. After all, the California Special has been around since the pony car’s first generation in the 1960s – on and off – and now, it continues into the all-new S650 generation, too. However, when the 2024 Ford Mustang GT California Special debuted, we were only treated to photos of a convertible model – not the coupe – but now, Ford Authority has spotted a fixed-roof 2024 Mustang California Special out testing for the very first time.
This particular 2024 Ford Mustang GT California Special coupe is finished in a classic pony car hue dubbed Grabber Blue, and like all S650 CS models, it’s a GT Premium, to boot. There are a wide array of exterior and interior styling updates that set the California Special apart from its regular brethren, however, which start up front with black headlight bezels, which flank a grille sporting black horizontal bars and Rave Blue bezels.
Moving down the side, we get a better look at the California Special’s lower body-side accent stripes, finished in black and Rave Blue, along with Carbonized Gray wheels with Rave Blue logos – measuring in at 19×8.5 inches at all four corners. In terms of tires, the California Special wears W-rated 255/40R rubber up front and the same size in the rear, though opting for the optional GT Performance Package adds summer tires sized at 275/40R, wrapped around machined aluminum Rave Blue-painted wheels measuring 19×9 inches up front and 19.5×9.5 in the rear.
Likewise, badging varies based on the presence of the GT Performance Package as well. On models without that option, one will find rear “California Special” lettering that’s finished in Rave Blue and black, while those with the package get Rave Blue and black badging with “GT/CS Performance” lettering. Inside the cabin, all CS Mustangs get front floor mats finished in Black Burkeshire with accent stitching and a California Special logo, along with Black Onyx door trim panels with accent stitching and Navy Pier inserts.
The cost for all of this comes in at $1,995, though adding the GT Performance Package tacks on another $4,995 to that tally. Along with choosing between a coupe and convertible, CS buyers can also opt for either the six-speed manual gearbox or the optional 10-speed automatic transmission, too.