2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0: The California Special
February 07, 2012
Last week I asked our dear readers about the Brembos on our long-term 2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0. In that piece, I mentioned the California Special edition which piqued the interest of at least a few of you.
If you are interested in the California Special edition Mustang, first you have to order the Mustang GT Premium (same as our test car) which includes Sync, the Shaker 500 audio system, and Sirius sat radio, among other items.
Then you order Equipment Group 402A, and this is what you get...
The $2000 402A Value Package includes the Premium GT standard features, plus these items:
Black billet grille with a body-color surround and a tri-bar Pony badge
Lower fascia with fog lamps
Rear pedestal decklid spoiler
Unique decklid badge with name in faux gas cap
Rear lower fascia insert
Custom decklid tape appliqué between the taillamps
19-inch argent-painted machined aluminum wheels
Aluminum instrument panel with Carbon-style finish
Carbon-style door panel inserts
Leather-trimmed seats with Carbon inserts and contrast stitching
Premium carpeted front floor mats with an embroidered California Special logo
The big difference is the wheels and the grilles. You can see the grilles in these pics. (I got the CS pic from the Ford media site and for some reason the red bled into the grille. It's supposed to be black.)
(Photo by Kurt Niebuhr)
On the Ford website using the Build Your Mustang tool, I tried putting in various ZIP codes across the country and it still allowed me to spec the California Special package, so this may be available where you are too.
I like this package as it sets this car apart from the billions of Mustangs on the road. Maybe if I were to pick up a Mustang GT I'd pop for the California Special instead of the Brembo package.
What do you think -- you like it?
Albert Austria, Senior VE Engineer @ 20,570 miles