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In an effort to keep up the buzz surrounding its Mustang as Dodge and Chevy ready their muscle cars for the market, Ford is planning a series of "Feature Cars" for the V8 Mustang. The first off the line is the 2007 Mustang GT "California Special" shown here.

The Mustang GT/California Special is actually a reprise of the original 1968 GT/CS that added Shelby-like styling cues to California-market coupes. Unlike the original, this year's GT/CS will be available nation-wide, in both coupe and convertible versions.

A $1,895 option package, the GT/CS features redesigned front and rear fascias, 18-inch polished wheels, an interior trim package with exclusive "Dove" or "Parchment" themes, and retro-look "California Special" bodyside racing stripes. No extra ponies under the hood, but the engine bay gets a unique trim kit. More pics after the jump!

[Source: Ford]

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      • 9 Years Ago
      A year ago when Ford announced a "GT-like" appearance group, I posted on BlueOvalNews.com that this would be Ford's next Mustang "boutique edition". Next year look for that red, white, and blue edition Mustang that first appeared in 1971 or 72. If you aren't old enough to remember, or have never seen one of these cars, it was white with a blue band around the bottom separated from the white with a very thin red stripe. The interior repeated this red, white, blue theme. After that, will we get a Ghia model ala the Mustang II ?

      Don't get me wrong, I love Mustangs and if Ford can make money with these "flavor of the month" editions...more power to them.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I think we can count on the hood scoop being non-functional, per the Mustang heritage.
      • 9 Years Ago
      "Geez, if you don't want it, don't buy it!"

      Is that supposed to be like, "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all." OK mom, last I checked we were on a site featuring automotive news and critique. If you want feel-good fluff go pick up a copy of Car & Driver or Road & Track. They'll tell you everything is OK and that cars just keep getting better and better. And that's all you really want to hear right?
      • 9 Years Ago
      I'm with #11. i own an old mustang and have owned my share of Fords. But if they put half as much energy into engineering details, things that actually make a difference, then i think our US automakers would be a heck of a lot better off today than they are. Is it a statement about us (americans), that we buy stripes over longevity, hanlding, and elegant engineering? i hope not, but i'm skeptical. I also agree that the mustang needs a serious diet. she's a pig!
      still love the look though!
      • 9 Years Ago
      Oh great!! Another "special" edition Mustang GT.
      • 9 Years Ago
      "Special" Models like this really cheapen the brand don't they? I mean we finally get a well designed mustang with clean sheet metal (meaning sans pointless scoops) and what do they do? They slap the same old scoops on it, and for good measure some plastic decals that will start peeling off after a year or two in the hot SOCAL sun. WOW isn't that special. What "Vision" their leader has.

      Looks like more of the same old Ford to me.

      Models like this make the Mustang look like a complete poseur car. Or maybe it just is one...
      • 9 Years Ago
      I'm a die-hard Chevy fan. Period. But the new Mustang is one nice-looking car. I never thought a would say that about a ford, now if they could just upgrade the base V-6, it would be perfect.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Good looking car. 1, you're full of it.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Looks good. Is it just me or does anyone think the front end needs to be changed so the car is not frowning? Like square up the cut line around the headlights.
      • 9 Years Ago
      350Z's are just cranking on a 6 cylinder (and smoke the V6 Mustangs I might add). If they had a V8 I'm sure you wouldn't make light of its' situation. You're right though, they do make it pricy, but Chevy/GM has had muscle cars that are iconic for competing with Mustangs (Camaro, GTO, Chevelle, etc.). Let's be fair when you talk about competiters and not just bash on forgien automakers.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I've driven the Mustang (and, regrettably, currently drive an older one that is not old enough to be charming), and I've driven in Michigan. If this is where Ford does their testing it is no wonder they think a live axle is "good enough." Not the most exciting roads you've got there. Hell if I lived there might as well settle for a Mustang, it's not like I'd be doing anything other than drag-racing for kicks.

      And you've got it all wrong. What I want is a rear-drive (without the archaic live axle) V-8 car that doesn't cost much more than the Mustang GT and DOESN'T have all the bells and whistles, so as to keep the weight down well under the 3k mark. Oh and how about some stock brakes that don't crap out after 15 minutes of spirited driving.

      And I don't want good enough, I want great.

      Although apparently what I want is impossible for today's auto makers to create.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Awesome car, although it looks ugly in white, hopefully more colors are added. Also, if Ford really wants to add hype and good looks to its Mustangs, they should add a Mach 1 and Boss 330 editions.
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