2011 Ford Mustang Long-Term Road Test


2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0: The California Special

February 07, 2012

2011 Ford Mustang GT CS 1600.jpg

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...

Ford Mustang GT Calif Special White.jpg

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
• Side scoops
• 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.)

2011 Ford Mustang GT California Special red.jpg

2011_ford_mustang_f34_lt_105111_1600.jpg (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

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The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2011 Ford Mustang in VA is:

$152 per month*
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