2016 Ford Mustang gets ‘60s-style California Special, Pony Packages

Article by Andrew Christian, on May 16, 2015

Two legendary Mustang trim levels will make a comeback for the 2016 model year. Very popular in the 1960s, the California Special Package and Pony Package are making a return to Mustang’s fastback and convertible. Owners can customize their pony car with many new options, which include new wheels and stripes.

For decades, fans have been asking for the hood vent-integrated turn signals to return. Ford has given in to this request and so this feature will now be standard for the 2016 Mustang GT. Initially available on the 1967 Mustang, these secondary indicators in the hood vents had become an iconic piece of the pony car.

This feature, which is exclusive to its segment, will represent an added “heads-up” for Mustang GT owners. The 2016 Mustang GT and Mustang EcoBoost are set to arrive in dealerships during the third quarter of this year. Expect them to be offered with many new options and packages. If over-the-top racing stripes are your thing, you’ll be excited to know that the sixth-generation Mustang will have these stripes direct from the factory.

The stripes are available in black or silver and are seen on most color and trim packages. The EcoBoost-fitted Mustang and Mustang GT will also get a painted black roof option that was last sighted on the Boss 302. A new version of the Pony Package is exclusive to Mustang EcoBoost Premium.

Set to arrive in late 2015, the fastback Mustang with Pony Package features one-of-a-kind 19-inch polished aluminum wheels, side stripe, chrome window surround, and a tri-bar pony logo on the grille.

If you’re looking for a stealthier appearance, get the Mustang GT with the Black Accent Package. With this package, the Fastback and convertible Mustang GT models will get a set of special 19-inch black-painted alloy wheels, dark taillamp trim, black decklid spoiler, and 5.0 and pony logos in black.

Meanwhile, the California Special Package for the Mustang GT Premium owners comes with: 19-inch ebony-painted machined aluminum wheel; Ebony leather/Miko suede seat inserts with red contrast stitching and embossed logo; Unique door panel inserts and premium carpet featuring red contrast stitching; Unique aluminum dashboard finish with California Special badge; Hood and side stripes; Black pedestal spoiler; Unique faux gas cap; Strut tower brace with unique California Special badging; Dark taillamp accents; Black-painted mirrors, hood vents; Performance front splitter; Unique grille with tri-bar pony logo.

Of course, top performance can also be available for the Mustang drop-top. A Performance Package is offered for those who get the 2016 Mustang GT convertible with manual transmission.

With this package, the Mustang GT convertible will feature reinforced structural bracing, as well as revised suspension components, brakes, wheels and tires. This means that it will be amazing whether on the track or on the back roads.

Among its features are: Unique chassis tuning, with strut tower brace and K-brace; Larger radiator;  Revised suspension with upsized rear sway bar, heavy-duty front springs; Six-piston Brembo front brake calipers; 19x9-inch front, 19x9.5-inch rear ebony-painted aluminum wheels with summer tires; Unique tuning for stability control, ABS and electric power-assisted steering; Torsen limited-slip differential with 3.73 axle ratio; Engine-turned aluminum instrument panel with auxiliary gauges; More aggressive front splitter; rear spoiler delete. [source: Ford]

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