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2019 California Special Mustang drops just in time for spring break

And it packs not just the 5.0 punch, but also other goodies

After the Mustang Bullitt, it's time for another Ford Mustang special edition, one that adopts a more laidback attitude - theoretically.

The California Special design came out of a West Coast Ford dealer and was inspired by the 1967 Shelby GT coupé notchback prototype. Ford officials liked the California Special so much that they decided to offer a limited number of cars of the 1968 model year.

Besides the paint job, today's reiteration of the California Special Mustang involves a fair share of technology. But we'll get to that.

On the outside, the California Special Mustang flaunts a fading stripe stretching from the 5.0 badge up front to the rear fenders, a blackened grille, a splitter donated by the Mustang Performance Pack 1 and five-spoke machined rims.

As far as body colors are concerned, Ford adds three new such hues for 2019: Velocity Blue, Need for Green and Dark Highland Green.

Cabin-wise, those looking to get the California Special should expect black Miko suede seats with red stitching.

To complement the visual styling, the 5-liter V8 making 460 hp and 420 lb-ft connects to a six-speed manual gearbox with Rev Matching tech. The active exhaust and start quiet modes are also included.

Also on the tech side is the B&O Play 1,000-watt sound system with 12 speakers and a 10-channel amplifier.

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