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2016 Ford Mustang California Special: V-8 convertible cruiser

The Ford Mustang GT blends a well-tuned ride and a powerful V-8 engine. In California Special convertible trim, this affordable sports car becomes a comfortable coastline tourer.

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The Ford Mustang is a surprisingly flexible sports car.

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At the entry point, it can be very affordable. As a convertible, it can be remarkably comfortable. And in GT trim, it boasts quite good performance thrills.

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The convertible top raises and lowers at the touch of a button. It takes between 13 and 16 seconds to finish its Z-fold ballet.

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The convertible top leaves a bit of the hardware exposed when stowed. I don't think it's so bad, but Ford seems to dislike it enough that the automaker includes an awkward pair of covers for the ends.

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The GT is powered by a 5.0-liter V-8 engine. Torque is stated at 400 pound-feet and power at 435 horsies.

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2016 Ford Mustang GT California Special convertible

The California Special edition features black trim, black wheels and GT-CS badging throughout.

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This isn't my favorite color combo, but the orange is an imposing and eye-catching hue.

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The California Special package includes these 19-inch black design wheels.

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It's powerful and makes a good sound, but the GT's 5.0-liter V-8 is also a pretty good-looking engine. Pop the hood and enjoy the view.

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At first glance, the GT Premium's cabin looks pretty nice with its leather and suede seats. After you've been staring at the plastic dashboard for a week, it starts to look and feel like an economy car.

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For 2016, the GT Mustang gets these retro-inspired turn signal repeaters on the hood. They're very cool additions that add a bit of style.

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The GT also comes standard with an electronic line-locker -- basically an instant burnout mode -- and launch control for models equipped with the manual transmission.

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