Closer look: 2014 Mustang GT/CS California Special

2013 Ford Mustang

When Ford revived the Mustang GT/CS “California Special” in 2007, who wudda thunk we would be here seven years later seeing this special edition continue. The GT/CS indeed rolls into the 2014 model year with a list of visual and interior goodies that make it just a bit more than the average Mustang GT.

While the original GT/CS that started it all back in 1968 was a regional special edition for California only, this GT/CS is available everywhere the current Mustang is sold in both coupe and convertible. And to be clear, this trim grade of the Mustang has been very popular with Mustang enthusiasts, commanding a special certificate of authenticity from Ford as well as an enthusiast operated GT/CS Registry.

For 2014 the GT/CS package costs $1995 and can only be ordered on the Mustang GT Premium. Thus if you order without any additional options or packages, the least expensive price of entry is $37,540. Keep in mind however that the GT Premium is a pretty high bar of equipment to start with.

The GT/CS package adds a unique billet grille with a Mustang pony tri-bar logo. A unique lower fascia lip gives a slightly more aggressive appearance as well. The package also includes side scoops, a pedestal rear deck spoiler and the same lower rear fascia found on the GT-500.

You get unique 19” painted wheels and GT/CS graphics in either black or silver depending on the color you choose. You can also opt for stripe delete. And when it comes to color, choices are limited to only Race Red, Deep Impact Blue, Ingot Silver, Oxford White, Black and Sterling Gray. You cannot get the GT/CS in Gotta Have It Green, Grabber Blue or Ruby Red.

The interior gets dressed up with a few niceties including contrast stitching in the leather trimmed seats. Special carbon-fiber look patter inserts are found in the seats and door panels, and the aluminum trim on the dash has a carbon-fiber pattern as well. GT/CS logos are embroidered into the floor mats and seats too.

Whether the GT/CS package will continue into the next generation Mustang is not yet known, so if you want one get it while the getting is good.

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