• 2022 Ford Mustang GT California Special

  • Ford California special edition is making a comeback for the 2022 model year
  • It will be built on the Mustang GT Premium fastback and convertible models, and for the first time, it adds the GT Performance Package
  • The model will also add a few elements that pay tribute to the 1968 California
  • These elements will include a blacked-out grille, side racing stripes and rear fender scoop
  • There is a "GT/CS" side stripe that runs from the front fender to the signature rear fender scoop
  • A California Special badge in Ebony Black and Race Red on the trunk lid
  • And an additional "GT/CS" badge can be spotted on the honeycomb grille
  • The fastback version will get a performance rear wing from the GT Performance Package, while the convertible will come as standard with no spoiler
  • The 2022 California rides on unique five-spoke 19-inch painted machined wheels
  • There are a few distinctive elements on the interior too
  • Like sueded-trimmed seats with the embossed “GT/CS” logo and red contrast stitching
  • black Miko® sueded-trimmed door inserts
  • custom embroidered “GT/CS” floor mats
  • And the instrument panel is finished in carbon hex aluminum
  • A signature California Special script badge is placed on the passenger side
  • The car can be ordered in nine exterior colors
  • Under the hood it keeps the same 5.0-liter V-8 engine that delivers a total of 460 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque
  • Top speed is 155 mph

The Ford Mustang California Special is making a comeback, and this time it’s got a little something extra.

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Ever since the first generation Mustang arrived back in 1965, the special California Edition was part of the lineup. And it is back for the 2022 model year, but with a few differences when compared to previous years.

For the first time is will be available with the GT Performance Package and will offer a new signature appearance to commemorate the 1968 California. Customers can place their orders for the California later in 2021, with the first deliveries scheduled for the first quarter of 2022.

What’s special about the 2022 Ford Mustang GT California Special?

2022 Ford Mustang GT California Special Exterior
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Ford California special edition is making a comeback for the 2022 model year

The 2022 Mustang California Edition is based on the Mustang GT Premium fastback and convertible models, and for the first time, it features the GT Performance Package. As its name suggests, this package is all about improving the car’s handling and driving dynamics.

It includes:

  • Brembo six-piston front brake calipers
  • unique chassis tuning with heavy-duty front springs
  • larger tubular rear sway bar
  • overall lower ride height
  • K-brace
  • strut tower brace
  • front subframe V-brace
  • TORSEN® limited-slip differential
  • unique stability control
  • electric power steering tuning
  • 19x9-inch front and 19x9.5-inch rear wheels with Pirelli summer tires
2022 Ford Mustang GT California Special Exterior
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And an additional "GT/CS" badge can be spotted on the honeycomb grille
As a tribute to the 1968 California, the 2022 model year will feature a blacked-out grille, side racing stripes, and rear fender scoop.

The "GT/CS" side stripe runs from the front fender to the signature rear fender scoop.

And, if you need more elements to further identify this special edition, a California Special badge in Ebony Black and Race Red adorns the trunk lid, and an additional "GT/CS" badge can be spotted on the honeycomb grille. All models will also be offered with a larger front splitter as part of the GT Performance Package.

2022 Ford Mustang GT California Special Exterior
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A California Special badge in Ebony Black and Race Red on the trunk lid

The fastback version will get a performance rear wing from the GT Performance Package, while the convertible comes with no spoiler. The 2022 California rides on unique five-spoke 19-inch painted machined wheels.

For the interior, the California package will feature suede-trimmed seats with the embossed “GT/CS” logo and red contrast stitching, black Miko® suede-trimmed door inserts, and custom embroidered “GT/CS” floor mats. The instrument panel is finished in carbon hex aluminum and will feature a signature California Special script badge on the passenger side.

2022 Ford Mustang GT California Special Interior
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There are a few distinctive elements on the interior too

There will be a choice of nine exterior colors, including:

  • Atlas Blue
  • Carbonized Gray
  • Cyber Orange
  • Dark Matter
  • Grabber Blue Metallic
  • Iconic Silver
  • Rapid Red
  • Shadow Black
  • Oxford White
2022 Ford Mustang GT California Special Drivetrain
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Under the hood it keeps the same 5.0-liter V-8 engine that delivers a total of 460 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque

Under the hood the 2022 California will get a 5.0-liter V-8 engine that delivers a total of 460 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. Top speed is 155 mph.

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Since the first-generation Mustang, the California Special has represented a uniquely regionalized appearance package with special styling cues. The updated 2022 Mustang GT California Special embodies this tradition.

Based on the 2022 Mustang GT Premium fastback and convertible models, the latest California Special Appearance Package pays homage to the original version’s blacked-out grille, side racing stripes and rear fender scoop.

The heritage-inspired “GT/CS” side stripe trademark traces from the front fender to the signature rear fender scoop. A California Special badge in Ebony Black and Race Red script adorns the trunk lid, while the honeycomb grille with “GT/CS” badge provides a unique look. A larger front splitter from the GT Performance Package underscores the icon’s handling prowess.

A performance rear wing from the GT Performance Package is available for the fastback model, while spoiler delete is standard for the California Special convertible. The California Special wears unique five-spoke 19-inch painted machined wheels. Under the hood, this special edition features a signature strut tower brace with California Special badge atop its 5.0-liter V8 engine.

Interior appointments include rich black Miko® sueded-trimmed door inserts and sueded-trimmed seats with the embossed “GT/CS” logo and red contrast stitching, along with custom embroidered “GT/CS” floor mats. The instrument panel is finished in carbon hex aluminum with a signature California Special script badge on the passenger side.

As a California Special-first, the GT Performance Package is now available, enabling greater handling and driving dynamics for the most capable California Special ever.

The GT Performance Package adds an array of performance and handling features including Brembo six-piston front brake calipers, unique chassis tuning with heavy-duty front springs, larger tubular rear sway bar, overall lower ride height, K-brace, strut tower brace, front subframe V-brace, TORSEN® limited-slip differential, unique stability control and electric power steering tuning. Staggered 19x9-inch front and 19x9.5-inch rear wheels with Pirelli summer tires further the handling grip.

The California Special is available in Atlas Blue, Carbonized Gray, Cyber Orange, Dark Matter, Grabber Blue Metallic, Iconic Silver, Rapid Red, Shadow Black and Oxford White.

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