2022 will be the year of the Mustang, apparently.
The Ford Mustang, one of America's most iconic cars, remains a difficult car to come by thanks to production delays as a result of supply shortages and other factors. Still, if you're after one, now is the perfect time to start looking before the next-generation model comes along. We're expecting a full redesign of the sports car sometime next year, so Ford is making the most of the time it has left with the current generation by pulling the oldest trick in the book and offering special edition models, including the recently-revealed Ice White Editions for the regular Mustang and the Mach-E. There are more incoming though, including the latest pair of specials - arriving as 2022 models are the first-ever Stealth Edition and the new California Special.
Available for the EcoBoost model is the Stealth Appearance Package, featuring 19-inch Ebony Black aluminum wheels, black pony badges, black mirror caps, clear LED taillamp covers, and a performance rear wing. Inside, an illuminated sill plate is complemented by a matte and gloss black instrument panel badge, giving the car "a whole new persona, sinister and sporty all at once." This model can be had in a choice of Atlas Blue, Carbonized Gray, Dark Matter, and Shadow Black paint.
But the car you really want is the California Special, available as a package on the Mustang GT Premium fastback and convertible models.
With this, you get a retro-inspired GT/CS side stripe that goes all the way from the front fender to the rear fender scoop. On the trunk, a California Special badge is finished in Ebony Black and Race Red, while the front end gets a new GT/CS badge in the honeycomb grille. A larger front splitter from the GT Performance Package adds more menace to the car's appearance, while a performance rear wing can be had for the fastback. Convertible models get a spoiler delete instead, but both versions come with unique 19-inch wheels and a badged strut tower brace.
Inside, suede-trimmed door inserts and seats with the GT/CS logo are embellished by red contrast stitching and custom floor mats. Carbon hex aluminum accents are also included.
For the first time, the California Special is available with the GT Performance Package too, meaning that you can have Brembo six-piston brakes up front, unique chassis tuning with upgraded front springs, a larger rear sway bar, lower ride height, a K-brace, a strut tower brace, a front subframe brace, and even a Torsen limited-slip differential. The power steering and stability control systems also get a retune, while staggered 19x9 and 19x9.5-inch wheels with Pirelli summer rubber further add to the car's handling prowess. This model comes in Atlas Blue, Carbonized Gray, Cyber Orange, Dark Matter, Grabber Blue Metallic, Iconic Silver, Rapid Red, Shadow Black, and Oxford White.
Ford has not yet announced pricing, but both models will be open for orders later this year, with arrivals in dealers set for the first quarter of 2022.