Mustang Mondays – 2016 Upgrades Channel the ’60s


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Automakers always throw in a touch of old-school flair to their current muscle car models. It keeps the upgrades fresh and causes car fanatics to come crawling back for more every time. Ford’s Mustang is one such example. So what’s new for 2016?

Ford is throwing back to the Mustang’s rich history once again by reintroducing the California Special Package and the Pony Package, two upgrades that are reminiscent of trim packages offered in the 1960s.

The convertible version of the GT will also get some additional packages thrown in.

Enough talk – let’s dive right into the special features.


Options for All Models

In what Ford calls a heritage cue, the hood vent-mounted turn signals that debuted in 1967 make their return in 2016. While these lights are more about fun than function, they were hardly visible on the 2015 model. Here’s hoping that the 2016 model will correct this issue.

Every model also includes new wheels and racing stripes. The stripes, which come direct from the factory, are offered in silver or black. You can also get a painted black roof, which is similar to the roof of the Boss 302 that came out a few years back.

The California Special

This upgrade is for the Mustang GT Premium. A mostly cosmetic upgrade, the California Special has a long list of features.

You get special upholstery and door panels, a performance air dam and California Special badges on the aluminum-trimmed dashboard. The 19-inch machined aluminum wheels are painted ebony. It also comes with racing stripes on the hood and sides. The back spoiler, mirrors and hood vents are painted black, and a strut tower brace stiffens the body.

The Pony

This upgrade is for the Mustang GT Fastback. You get racing stripes along the side, chrome around the window, 19-inch polished aluminum wheels and the classic tri-bar Mustang pony medallion on the grille.

Upgrade even further to the Black Accent Package for the GT, and you’ll receive the following in black: unique 19-inch alloy wheels, darkened tail light trim, a decklid spoiler and 5.0/pony logos. The GT packages are also available for the convertible model, which has its own package below.


The performance package for the convertible includes, among other tweaks: Brembo brakes, revised suspension, retuned chassis, an enlarged radiator and a limited-slip rear axle.

These upgrades are sure to keep the Pony Car a topic of discussion for the 2016 model year. Even though Ford pulled out some redesigns for 2015, they need to stay on top of their game for 2016 to defeat the Mustang’s main competition: the Camaro.

Coming soon in Detroit, General Motors will introduce a completely redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Camaro. Some of the modifications include shedding 300 pounds and completely redesigned powertrains. It’s due out this coming fall.

The Mustang and Camaro have had a lifelong rivalry on the street and in the sales charts. Who will pull ahead in the modern muscle car race this year? Let’s hope our favorite Fords take the lead once again.