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The 2024 Ford Mustang GT California Special Looks Like This And That’s All I’m Gonna Say

Preproduction Model With Optional Package Shown. Available Early 2024.
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I hope you like blue. The 2024 Ford Mustang GT California Special package has just been unveiled, and it looks like Ford gave its greenest intern $150 to spend on AliExpress. Yes, this is a real factory-installed appearance package, and you might soon see it on a new Mustang near you. I believe I speak for everyone when I say “What the hell?”

See, Ford’s come up with this color called — and I’m not joking — Rave Blue, and has decided to just go wild with it. It’s on the wheels, it’s on the stripes, it’s on the badges, it’s on the new horizontally-slatted grille, it’s just absolutely everywhere. What goes with blue? Well, if you’re a skateboarder or do roller derby, black, so that’s the other accent color on this stickered-up Mustang.

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2024 Ford Mustang GT California Special

Things get better on the inside as blue accents elevate the dreariness of an otherwise black cabin. Blue inserts on the seats and steering wheel brighten things up a touch, as does blue and grey stitching on otherwise dark materials. I’m a fan of colored interiors, so this is the only part of the California Special package I can endorse.

2024 Ford Mustang GT California Special

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Admittedly, the blue exterior accents are hilarious in the greater context of the automotive kingdom. It hasn’t been that long since every eco-friendly car from Germany to Japan was plastered in blue accents, so to put a bit of blue on pretty much every exterior part on a Mustang elicits a certain incongruity.

2024 Ford Mustang GT California Special

However, when I learned that this California Special package costs $1,995 on top of a Mustang GT Premium, I just about fell out of my chair. Sure, the blue-stitched interior can’t be cheap, but I couldn’t fathom paying two grand for something that looks like this. It’s wild to think that someone with presumably functioning eyes looked at this visual package and decided it was sick. However, Ford will print money with this package, and Mustang Brand Manager Joe Bellino explained why in a press release statement:

Mustang has a rich well of special edition models to draw from, and we’ll continue to reinvent them for a new audience. From the track-ready Dark Horse to the world-beating Mustang GTD, Ford is elevating the Mustang for all audiences. The new, modern Mustang GT California Special is a perfect example of our drive to build a Mustang for every customer.

It turns out, there are plenty of Mustang customers with bad taste out there, and if Ford can get a slice of the tackiness market, all the power to it. Who knows? Maybe Dodge will start making tape stripes that look like splitter guards.

(Photo credits: Ford)

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Drew
Drew
3 months ago

I’d like to see it in person, especially on each of the blue paints. In the configurator, it looks like it could be better on one of those or the dark gray, but that never really gives you the same look as in person.

Regardless, $2000 is a lot for an accent package that won’t even let you customize the accent color.

And they’re cowards who won’t let you package it with yellow or red.

Last edited 3 months ago by Drew
Jacob Rippey
Jacob Rippey
3 months ago

***Designer thinking about what to do with the new CS Mustang… “Hmmm… things that make people think of California… hmmm… I guess they are a blue state. Wait….I think I have an idea…”

DialMforMiata
DialMforMiata
3 months ago

The problem with picking a theme and running with it is sometimes you pick the wrong theme.

3WiperB
3WiperB
3 months ago

The Autopian set a precedent earlier with the Alfa that should have been followed with the photos for this story.

ColoradoFX4
ColoradoFX4
3 months ago

I’m probably in the minority that don’t hate it. It’s not for me, I’m generally against spending money on purely cosmetic upgrades, and none of the CS cars were my cup of tea, but it isn’t the worst thing I’ve seen.

Chronometric
Chronometric
3 months ago

This Mustang has me Tangled Up Behind the Eyes. I like the color of the Sky and the Bayou but this shade has no Rhapsody for me, even in the Summertime. Maybe if I were wearing Bell Bottoms Jeans with Suede Shoes?

Nycbjr
Nycbjr
3 months ago

I kind of like the wheels, I love blue accents, but the grill is hideous!

Nsane In The MembraNe
Nsane In The MembraNe
3 months ago

More evidence that Ford is hellbent on upselling everyone to the Dark Horse

Aaron Nichols
Aaron Nichols
3 months ago

I remember our 2014 GT/CS. That package gave us hood stripes, side stripes, gloss black hood vents, a completely different front and rear fascia, different rear spoiler, different seats, different rims, and side scoops.

Cool Dave
Cool Dave
3 months ago

The interior is neat and should be a regular option on its own. The exterior is despicable and whoever signed off on it needs a slap in the head.

I love my ‘08 CS, this thing is a mess.

Taargus Taargus
Taargus Taargus
3 months ago

Like many here, I believe the interior is nice.

The exterior accents are miserably bad, so much so that a gave a real, hearty LOL when I saw the topshot. Ford has been pretty good with the various specials and appearance packages of late, but I guess you’re gonna have a stinker every once in a while.

FuzzyPlushroom
FuzzyPlushroom
3 months ago

Well… I like the interior, at least.

Jack Beckman
Jack Beckman
3 months ago

All that blue yet no blue oval.

Baron Usurper
Baron Usurper
3 months ago

I wouldn’t take it, but I’ve seen worse.

Canopysaurus
Canopysaurus
3 months ago

Malibu Barbie’s got a new dream car!

AlfaWhiz
AlfaWhiz
3 months ago

Wow, Ford is really giving us the full spectrum. From the GT, all the Raptors, RS cars, Dark Horse, down to this. Impressive.

Last edited 3 months ago by AlfaWhiz
Kevin Ryan
Kevin Ryan
3 months ago
  1. I absolutely love my 19 Mustang Ecoboost convertible. Plenty of power, handles great, looks terrific in silver. I would push it off a cliff if I woke up one morning and elves had overnight given it this California treatment. Garish even of free, an elvish scam at $2K!!
A. Barth
A. Barth
3 months ago

Ford has a long history of existence and of making decisions, and they continued that here. 😐

Angrycat Meowmeow
Angrycat Meowmeow
3 months ago

I’m not into ‘Stangs, but honestly this isn’t that bad. I mean it’s bad, but it’s not that bad. I’ll take some blue over the Batman cosplay package any day. The stripes gotta go, though.

Col Lingus
Col Lingus
3 months ago

This has the smell of this: Laid off Hot Wheels designers with nothing better to do.
Crack pipe.

Arch Duke Maxyenko
Arch Duke Maxyenko
3 months ago

So just fuckin around on the configurator, you can add the package to every color except for Race Red, Rapid Red, or Yellow Splash. So a Grabber Blue with Rave Blue accents is a possibility.

Alexk98
Alexk98
3 months ago

The painful contrast between blues is absolutely killing me and I hate it, thanks Ford…

Outofstep
Outofstep
3 months ago

It looks like the cars in GTA when painting the rims the same color as the car and it doesn’t match up. I hate it

Racingtown
Racingtown
3 months ago

Thanks. I played around with the configurator. I kind of like the blue with dark matter gray metallic…otherwise know as dark gray.

Isis
Isis
3 months ago
Rad Barchetta
Rad Barchetta
3 months ago

At least they had the good sense to make those particular color combinations unavailable.

Arturia
Arturia
3 months ago

this would have been fine if the wheels didn’t have the blue but they broke up some of the silver with some accents somehow. As-is it looks like a car where the owner bought some plastic bits to go with a new wrap, but can’t afford the wrap.

TTISTB
TTISTB
3 months ago

At least it’s not as ugly as those black/red Boss Mustangs from a while back… Those things were hideous!

Last edited 3 months ago by TTISTB
Glutton for Piëch
Glutton for Piëch
3 months ago

What is going on with these 4th owner appearance packages? first it was that (extra) hideous BMW XM, now this? Can’t wait for the Corvette with pink mirrors and grilles and calipers and roof panel etc etc.

EPGCivic
EPGCivic
3 months ago

Looks like something Jamie Kennedy would drive in Malibu’s Most Wanted.

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