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What Is A California Special Mustang? - Horsepower, Specs, & Colors

Posted 1/30/2019 by Jason Konieczny

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What Is A California Special Mustang? - Horsepower, Specs, & Colors - What Is A California Special Mustang? - Horsepower, Specs, & Colors

California Special Mustang History:

In Mid February of 1968, the California Special Mustang was born from the Ideas of a few California Ford Dealers wanting to market a factory built, Limited Edition Mustang and wanted to call it the GT/CS or “California Special” as we know it. Some pretty cool features on the GT/CS included Marchal or Lucas fog lights, twist-style hood pins, side scoops, a pop open gas cap and a rear spoiler deck lid with end caps and a pretty cool tail light panel with 65 Thunderbird lights. Surprisingly only 4118 were made at that time. 251 of those cars were sent to Denver, Colorado and remarketed as the "High Country Special '68". This initial run of California Special Mustangs only went for 5 ½ months from February to August of 1968.

California Special Mustang Specs:

California Special Specs for 2007 Mustang:

Engine

  • Type: 90-degree SOHC 24-valve V-8
  • Displacement: 4.6L / 281 CID
  • Horsepower: 300 hp @ 5,750 RPM
  • Torque: 320 lbs.-ft. @ 4,500 RPM
  • Bore x Stroke: 90.2mm x 90mm
  • Compression: 9.8:1

Suspension

  • Front: Reverse-L Independent MacPherson Strut, 34-mm Stabilizer bar
  • Rear: 3-link solid axle with coil springs, panhard rod, 20-mm stabilizer bar

Brakes:

  • Front: 12.4 in. vented disc, dual-piston caliper
  • Rear: 11.8 in. vented disc, single-piston caliper
  • ABS: Four-channel ABS system, linked to all-speed traction control

Wheels

  • Wheels: 18 x 8 in., 5-spoke, polished aluminum
  • Tires: 235/50ZR18 BSW High-Performance

Performance

  • 0 to 60 mph: 5.1 seconds (Car and Driver)
  • 60 to 0 braking: 130 feet (Est.)
  • 1/4-mile @ MPH: 13.8 seconds @ 103 mph (Car & Driver)

California Special Spec for 2008 Mustang:

Engine

  • Type: 90-degree SOHC 24-valve V-8
  • Displacement: 4.6L / 281 CID
  • Horsepower: 300 hp @ 5,750 RPM
  • Torque: 320 lbs.-ft. @ 4,500 RPM
  • Bore x Stroke: 90.2mm x 90mm
  • Compression: 9.8:1

Suspension

  • Front: Reverse-L Independent MacPherson Strut, 34-mm Stabilizer bar
  • Rear: 3-link solid axle with coil springs, panhard rod, 20-mm stabilizer bar

Brakes

  • Front: 12.4 in. vented disc, dual-piston caliper
  • Rear: 11.8 in. vented disc, single-piston caliper
  • ABS: Four-channel ABS system, linked to all-speed traction control

Wheels

  • Wheels: 18 x 8 in., 5-spoke, polished aluminum
  • Tires: 235/50ZR18 BSW High-Performance

Performance

  • 0 to 60 mph: 5.1 seconds (Car and Driver)
  • 60 to 0 braking: 130 feet (Est.)
  • 1/4-mile @ MPH: 13.8 seconds @ 103 mph (Car & Driver)

California Special  2009 Specs:

Engine

  • Type: 90-degree SOHC 24-valve V-8
  • Displacement: 4.6L / 281 CID
  • Horsepower: 300 hp @ 5,750 RPM
  • Torque: 320 lbs.-ft. @ 4,500 RPM
  • Bore x Stroke: 90.2mm x 90mm
  • Compression: 9.8:1

Suspension

  • Front: Reverse-L Independent MacPherson Strut, 34-mm Stabilizer bar
  • Rear: 3-link solid axle with coil springs, panhard rod, 20-mm stabilizer bar

Brakes

  • Front: 12.4 in. vented disc, dual-piston caliper
  • Rear: 11.8 in. vented disc, single-piston caliper
  • ABS: Four-channel ABS system, linked to all-speed traction control

Wheels

  • Wheels: 18 x 8 in., 5-spoke, polished aluminum
  • Tires: 235/50ZR18 BSW High-Performance

Performance

  • 0 to 60 mph: 5.1 seconds (Car and Driver)
  • 60 to 0 braking: 130 feet (Est.)
  • 1/4-mile @ MPH: 13.8 seconds @ 103 mph (Car & Driver)

California Special 2011 Specs:

Engine

  • Type: 90-degree DOHC Ti-VCT 32-valve V-8
  • Displacement: 5.0L / 302 CID
  • Horsepower: 412 hp @ 6,600 RPM
  • Torque: 390 lbs.-ft. @ 4,250 RPM
  • Bore x Stroke: 92.2mm x 92.7mm
  • Compression: 11.0:1

Suspension

  • Front: Reverse-L Independent MacPherson Strut, 34-mm Stabilizer bar
  • Rear: 3-link solid axle with coil springs, panhard rod, stabilizer bar

Brakes

  • Front: 13.2 in. vented disc, dual-piston caliper, high-performance pad
  • Rear: 11.8 in. vented disc, single-piston caliper, high-performance pad
  • ABS: Four-channel ABS system, linked to all-speed traction control

Wheels

  • Wheels: 19 x 8.5 in Argent Painted/Machined Aluminum Wheels
  • Tires: 245/45ZR19 A/S Pirelli P-Zero Nero

Performance

  • 0 to 60 mph: 4.3 seconds (Motor Trend)
  • 60 to 0 braking: 105 feet (Motor Trend)
  • 1/4-mile @ MPH: 12.8 seconds @ 110.8 mph (Motor Trend)

California Special 2019 Specs:

TBD

The 5.0 Liter V8 engine delivers 460 Hp and 420 Lb-Ft of Torque. It is available with either the 6 speed manual or 10 speed automatic transmission.  

 

California Special Mustang Production Numbers

What Is A California Special Mustang? - Horsepower, Specs, & Colors - What Is A California Special Mustang? - Horsepower, Specs, & Colors

2007 Production Numbers:

Production

Total Produced: 8,519

Total Coupe Produced: 5,918

  • Black: 2,232
  • Performance White: 1,306
  • Redfire: 1,253
  • Vista Blue: 1,061
  • Grabber Orange: 66

Total Convertible Produced: 2,601

  • Black: 906
  • Performance White: 764
  • Redfire: 510
  • Vista Blue: 375
  • Grabber Orange: 46

2008 Production Numbers:

Production

Total Produced: 7,427

Total Coupe Produced: 4,918

  • Ebony Clearcoat: 1,395
  • Dark Candy Apple Red - 1,278
  • Performance White: 1,273
  • Vista Blue: 719
  • Grabber Orange: 253

Total Convertible Produced: 2,509

  • Ebony Clearcoat: 718
  • Performance White: 703
  • Dark Candy Apple Red: 700
  • Vista Blue: 275
  • Grabber Orange: 113

2009 Production Numbers:

Total Produced: 2,643

Total Coupe Produced: 1,705

  • Ebony Clearcoat: 448
  • Performance White: 377
  • Vapor Silver: 315
  • Vista Blue: 286
  • Dark Candy Apple Red: 279

Total Convertible Produced: 938

  • Ebony Clearcoat: 258
  • Performance White: 243
  • Dark Candy Apple Red: 182
  • Vapor Silver: 150
  • Vista Blue: 105

2011 Production Numbers:

Production

Total Produced: 3,642

Total Coupe Produced: 2,509

  • Black: 804
  • Performance White: 442
  • Race Red: 431
  • Red Candy Metallic: 383
  • Ingot Silver: 279
  • Grabber Blue: 170

Totals Convertible Produced: 1,133

  • Black: 344
  • Performance White: 232
  • Red Candy Metallic: 229
  • Race Red: 148
  • Grabber Blue: 97
  • Ingot Silver: 83

What Makes A California Special Mustang Different?

What Is A California Special Mustang? - Horsepower, Specs, & Colors - What Is A California Special Mustang? - Horsepower, Specs, & Colors

2007 California Special:

2007 Mustang GT / California Special. The GT/CS is based on a Mustang with a 4.6 liter engine. The GT/CS option adds 2 tone seats (Dove or Parchment Inserts), unique floor mats, side stripes with GT/CS behind the front wheel RH and LH, side scoops, Polished 18x8 Wheels, Faux Fuel Cap Medallion with “California Special” in the center, and Rolled 3” Exhaust Tips! Front and Rear bumpers were also changed from the standard GT Mustang with a more aggressive facia with open lower grill and the rear bumper was shared with the 2007-09 GT500.

The GT/CS was only available on the GT Premium so it included its options as standard equipment: Leather Seats, Shaker 500 Audio, and all the power goodies! The 300 Horsepower  4.6L 3v V8 Engine was standard with either a TR3650 Manual or the 5R55S Automatic Transmission. For more sound, enthusiasts could upgrade to Heated Headrests, the Shaker 1000 Audio System, or Satellite Radio! Exterior Options included a non-functional Hood Scoop or an Underhood Engine Cover.

2008/09 California Special Mustang:

The 2008 GT/CS remained basically unchanged with the exception of an exterior Color Change. Redfire Metallic was replaced with Dark Candy Apple Red!

The same could be said for the 2009 version of this Classy Pony! Only Exterior color changes took place in the third year of this Retro Redo! Grabber Orange Clearcoat was replaced with Vapor Silver Clearcoat Metallic. The only Main interior change was that Ford installed Chrome Mustang Logo Floor Mats instead of the California Special Logo options.

2013-2014 California Special Interior:
The interior was updated with Alcantara-style inserts in the seats and doors where the 2011/2012 model sported a faux carbon fiber pattern.

Exterior:

What Is A California Special Mustang? - Horsepower, Specs, & Colors - What Is A California Special Mustang? - Horsepower, Specs, & Colors

The Colors for 2007 were:

  • (All side GT/CS stripes were black) (85x)
  • Redfire (G2)
  • Vista Blue (G9)
  • Performance White (HP)
  • Black (UA)
  • Grabber Orange (U3)

The Colors for 2008 were:

  • (All side GT/CS stripes were black) (85x)
  • Vista Blue (G9)
  • Performance White (HP)
  • Dark Candy Apple Red (JV)
  • Grabber Orange (U3)
  • Black (UA)

The Colors for 2009 were:

  • (All side GT/CS stripes were black) (85x)
  • Vista Blue (G9)
  • Performance White (HP)
  • Dark Candy Apple Red (JV)
  • Black (UA)
  • Vapor Silver (ZY)

The Colors for the 2019:

  • Kona Blue
  • Race Red,
  • Ingot Silver,
  • Shadow Black
  • Oxford White.