2019 Ford Mustang brings California Special, rev-matching and more

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  1. thaext

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    CALIFORNIA SPECIAL RETURNS FOR 2019 MUSTANG, PLUS ENTHUSIAST UPDATES INCLUDE REV-MATCHING, B&O AUDIO SYSTEM AND NEW COLORS
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    • California Special returns with a new limited-edition design package for 2019 Mustang GT that commemorates visual cues of the 1968 original while celebrating modern Mustang performance and style
    • Legend of innovation continues with rev-matching technology for the powerful 5.0-liter 6-speed-manual transmission equipped Mustang GT that ensures smoother and more spirited day-to-day driving; class-exclusive quad-tip fully variable active valve performance exhaust added for EcoBoost®-powered Mustang
    • First-ever B&O Play audio system for Mustang is customized to the acoustics of the interior to deliver an impressive 1,000 watts of power through a 12-channel speaker system and connectivity to SYNC® 3

    DEARBORN, Mich., March 12, 2018 – America’s favorite sports car gets even more style and technology for 2019 thanks to the revival of the legendary Mustang GT California Special, new technology features including rev-matching on 5.0-liter manual-equipped models, the first-ever custom-tuned B&O Play premium audio system for Mustang and three new vintage-inspired colors and over-the-top stripes.

    “No doubt, 2019 is an exciting year for Mustang enthusiasts, especially fans of our California Special and Bullitt models,” said Corey Holter, Ford car group marketing manager. “This year further targets hardcore Mustang enthusiasts who want even more performance from BULLITT, while new technology including rev-matching on manual transmission equipped Mustang GTs and active valve performance exhaust on EcoBoost® models means even more thrills.”

    California dreaming

    When Mustang first hit the streets in 1964, owners clubs sprang up around the country, with many regional dealers creating their own personalized pony car designs. One – inspired by the 1967 Shelby GT notchback coupe prototype – came to be called the California Special.

    That original version featured blacked-out grille, fog lamps and a side racing stripe that ended ahead of a new rear fender scoop. It wore a Shelby-inspired spoiler, custom tail lamps and twist-lock hood fasteners. Impressed, Ford put a limited number of California Special cars into production for 1968. Before long, the California Special had joined the ranks of Shelby, Boss and Mach 1 special-edition Mustangs.

    Today, the 2019 California Special for Mustang GT is a visual standout, featuring a trademark fading stripe that traces from the 5.0 side badge to the rear fender scoop. A signature Ebony Black and Race Red script California Special badge adorns the trunk lid. At the front, the car follows the blacked-out open grille and picks up the Mustang Performance Pack 1 splitter. The California Special wears unique five-spoke painted machined wheels.

    Inside, driver and passengers will discover rich black Miko® suede-trimmed seats with embossed GT/CS insignia and contrast red accent stitching, and custom embroidered GT/CS floor mats. Signature California Special script badging appears on the passenger-side dash panel.

    “Few things are more satisfying than dropping the top on a California Special and taking a drive down the majestic Pacific Coast Highway,” said Mark Conforzi, Ford designer. “This signature design takes its cues from the original California Special, while enhancing the personality of today’s Mustang.”

    Rev-matching to level the field

    Mustang GT’s retuned 5.0-liter V8 engine packs 460 horsepower and 420 lb.-ft. of torque and tops out at 155 mph.* When that torque gets delivered to the pavement via 6-speed manual and available Performance Package, you better hold on, because that’s where rev-matching gives Mustang drivers a leg – or a heel and a toe – up.

    Advanced rev-matching helps smooth out shifts by predicting shifts and then quickly matching engine rpm – similar to the heel-and-toe methods the pros use. On downshifts, the engine rpm instantly kicks up to smooth out the transition between gears.

    Sensational B&O Play audio

    Like Ford Mustang, Bang & Olufsen is an innovator in both iconic design and heart-racing performance across its line of audio products. And now, for the first time, the B&O Play audio system comes to Mustang with a stunning 10-channel amplifier producing 1,000 watts across 12 high-performance speakers.

    Customized to the acoustics of the interior, sound engineers tuned the B&O Play audio system to take both the static and dynamic states of Mustang into account to elevate the senses regardless of driving conditions.

    Active valve performance exhaust now available on EcoBoost models

    When the class-exclusive quad-tip fully variable active valve performance exhaust hit the streets for Mustang GT for 2018, critics and customers alike raved over the deep throaty sound of the 5.0-liter V8 engine. What took everyone by surprise was its driver-controlled, fully active exhaust mode and quiet start mode, also known as good neighbor mode.

    Now, this Ford-patented fully variable active valve performance exhaust brings an aggressive snarl to 2019 Mustang EcoBoost models. This class-exclusive quad-tip exhaust system can be controlled by the drive mode system or via personalized MyMode settings through the 12-inch all-digital LCD instrument panel, as well as through the standard 4.2-inch cluster.

    More personalization than ever; new colors

    Mustang enthusiasts now have more opportunity to personalize their car than ever before, with exciting new vintage-inspired colors including Velocity Blue, Need for Green and the iconic Bullitt model’s exclusive Dark Highland Green.

    “These intense new colors trace back to Mustang’s classic colors of the late 1960s and early 1970s,” said Holter. “While colors like Shadow Black and Magnetic Gray will still be popular for those who prefer to go stealth, these new colors pack a brighter, more vibrant punch for 2019.”

    The 2019 Mustang goes on sale this summer.

    https://media.ford.com/content/ford...ns-for-2019-mustang--plus-enthusiast-upd.html


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    Awesome! Maybe I can get this if dealers aren't offering the same discounts on Bullitts as regular GTs!
     
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    Wondering how much better sounding would the 1000W B&O Play sound system be over the Shaker Pro 12-speaker system in the current 15-18
     
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    No shame in saying I wish the rev-match manual came out with the 2018 model. It's about time.
     
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    The 2019 model year looks to be really great. We will have choices.
     
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    Besides the technical features the new CS is highly disappointing imho. Where are the black elements from 16 CS? Especially the darker taillights were awesome.
    They didn't even make a Special CS rearpanel and just used the european version and added some red letters that looks totally out of place.
    And the fake vent on the fender is horrible.

    The 19 CS is nowhere near as awesome the 16 CS :(:brokenheart:
     
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    B&O is gonna sound 1000x better than any Sony system... B&O has been around since the 1920’s.

    https://www.bang-olufsen.com/en/solutions/automotive
     
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    If history is any teacher, look for the unique elements to make their way onto the new GT500 as well.
    What's happened before will happen again. So say we all.
     
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    I wonder if you’ll be able to retro for the B&O components into the 2018?
     
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    The fake side scoops look absolutely horrendous, did the previous CS have those? Wish the B&O was on the 18s as well but I've found that I rarely put the music volume high enough to hear it over the exhaust anyway. Auto rev match is cool, but it's not really hard to do manually.
     
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    Great additions but was hoping pricing would be announced today for 2019s...guess I'll be placing my Bullitt order blindly this morning.
     
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    Looks like Ford is finally listening about the rev matching. Now I'm basically flipping a coin between the 6MT and A10.

    Also looking forward to seeing some good pictures of "Velocity Blue".
     
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    18 owners are getting 04 GTO'd.
     
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    Fully agree. Horrible scoops and that rear panel is an even bigger joke. Especially since they already have a perfectly nice rear panel from the 2016 CS version on the shelves. Why on Earth not use that one?
     
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    I like the ‘17 wheels better
     
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    It's likely coming off '18 F-150 and when I test drove it (bought '17 Lariat with $10k off MSRP and 0%/60 and those still had Sony sound system), I was not impressed. It's significantly better than any system in the Mustang though.
     
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    Spinal Green apparently is called Need for Green.

    Also new: Velocity Blue
     
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