Exclusive Ford Mustang California Special Arrives in SA, 100 Units Available for Enthusiast Customers
  • Ford Mustang California Special channels the spirit of iconic 1968 original with unique design details including “colour shift” decals, limited to just 100 units for South Africa
  • Available exclusively in Fastback coupé guise, California Special is built for enthusiasts with 330kW 5.0-litre V8 and advanced 10-speed automatic transmission
  • Mustang California Special priced at R1 154 900 (incl. VAT)

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 Mustang is the runaway leader in the sports coupé segment, both in South Africa and around the world,” says Doreen Mashinini, General Manager for Marketing at Ford South Africa. “Exclusive special edition models such as the Bullitt and Mach 1 added further lustre to the Mustang range as our halo Ford Performance product in South Africa, and the California Special will continue in this tradition.

“The Mustang California Special is a huge part of the Mustang legacy in America and it symbolises so much of what Mustang stands for – the joy of driving and the freedom of the open road. Those ideals resonate just as strongly with driving enthusiasts and Mustang fans in South Africa,” Mashinini says. “We are delighted to give our customers the opportunity to experience the unique California Special blend of style, performance and driving fun.”

Classic design reinvented

When the now iconic Ford Mustang first hit the streets in 1964, owners’ clubs sprang up across America, with many regional dealers creating their own personalised designs. One – inspired by the 1967 Shelby GT notchback coupé prototype – came to be called the California Special.

That original version featured a blacked-out grille, fog lights and side racing stripes that ended ahead of the rear side air scoops, as well as a Shelby-inspired spoiler. Impressed, Ford put a limited number of California Special cars into production for 1968.

The newest interpretation reflects the original 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 19x9-inch and rear 19x9.5-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.

Good vibrations

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.

World’s best-selling sports coupé

The iconic Ford Mustang is one of the world’s most recognisable and revered automotive nameplates, and it’s no surprise that this legendary car continues to lead the sales charts. It was the world’s best-selling sports coupé for the seventh consecutive year in 2021, selling across 146 countries as Ford continues to grow its iconic brand globally.

In South Africa the Mustang remains in a class of its own, achieving 87 percent share of the sports car segment in 2021. As at the end of May 2022, a total of 3 652 Mustangs have found happy homes amongst enthusiast owners since the model was first launched in South Africa in 2015.

Pricing

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, four-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 service or maintenance plans up to eight years or 150 000km. The warranty can be extended up to seven years or 200 000km, while the Roadside Assistance can be extended for an additional one or two years.