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CALIFORNIA SPECIAL RETURNS FOR 2019 MUSTANG

Style and Sound

Drop the top and go for a cruise.

By SID297

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

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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.

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

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…

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-SID297

2019 Ford Ranger – 5 Misses

What We Didn’t

Ford got totally wrong with the 2019 Ranger.

By SID297

Earlier this week we published a list of what we here at SVTP consider to be 5 of the best features of the upcoming 2019 Ford Ranger.  However, with the good comes the bad.  While this is purely an opinion piece, we believe this list tracks right to the heart of former Ranger owners.  Traditionally, Ranger buyers seemed to like their trucks more ‘trucky’ than most other truck buyers.  So it stands to reason our list is made up of those burlier features that make a small truck more capable and engaging.  Without further adieu, here is SVTP’s list of Five 2019 Ford Ranger Misses.

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2019 Ford Ranger – 5 Hits

What We Liked

Ford got a lot right with the 2019 Ranger.

By SID297

It’s been a couple weeks since the 2019 Ford Ranger was introduced at the 2018 North American International Auto Show, and we’ve had time to digest some of the information presented with it.  I have to say that it is a good looking truck, and I’m really looking forward to getting behind the wheel of one.  While that’s going to be a bit farther down the road, enough time has passed for us absorb the information Ford has provided us thus far.  So here are the Five Hits we here at SVTP see with the 2019 Ford Ranger.

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9 Things We Want in a US-Spec Ranger Raptor

Respectfully Requested

Custom Tailoring a Mid-Size Off-Roader

By SID297

It’s been about a year since Ford announced that the Ranger would be returning to US roads.  In that time we’ve seen a few prototypes running around, and had a recent introduction at the 2017 North American International Auto Show.  Two days ago we saw the reveal of the Raptor Ranger for foreign markets, but it’s still debatable whether we’ll be seeing that particular Hi-Po Ford on our shores.  However, until we know something more concrete about whether or not we’ll be getting a Ranger Raptor here think it would be a good idea to delve into what we would expect from such a Ford.  This is our TOP 9 (Ain’t nobody got time for 10) List of features we want to see in a US-Spec Ford Ranger Raptor.

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Introducing the Ford Ranger Raptor

Not For You

Asia/Pacific market gets a Raptor

By SID297

BANGKOK, February 7, 2018 – The first-ever Ranger Raptor, Ford’s new off-road, performance pick-up truck, blasted out from behind its camouflage during an reveal event in Thailand today.

The ultimate Ranger is purposefully designed, built and tested to set a benchmark as the only factory-built performance truck across Asia Pacific. Designed by Ford Performance team for the true enthusiast off-roader, Ford Ranger Raptor strengthens Ford’s commitment to deliver “Built Ford Tough” pickup trucks to customers in Asia Pacific.

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