We’re less than one year from the release of the 2018 Ford Mustang. That mid-cycle refresh, which brought a 10-speed automatic transmission, 12-inch digital instrument cluster, and 460 horsepower, was enough to tide over the muscle car faithful for a good while.
For 2019, even the most demanding Mustang fan wouldn’t expect major changes. However, Ford did push the envelope with its signature performance car and brought out two new special editions along with a few tech improvements. Here’s what’s new in the latest Mustang.
Exhaust and stereo upgrades; new colors
In the roaring Mustang 5.0, Ford added an active-valve performance exhaust so you can control the sound when you don’t want to (or do want to) wake the neighbors. For 2019, even EcoBoost models get this feature. It comes with Quiet Time, Sport, and Track settings. You need to opt for an equipment package to take advantage, so it amounts to a steep $2,895 upgrade altogether.
The new model year also brings a more powerful B&O PLAY audio system. This setup comes with 12 speakers and a sub-woofer for the trunk. (A CD player and HD Radio connection also come with the system.)
Finally, Velocity Blue and Need for Green are the new colors for the model year.
Bullitt special edition
Probably the biggest upgrade for 2019 was the release of a new Mustang Bullitt ($46,595). Some of the fastest Mustangs ever made were special editions like this one, and Ford did not disappoint with its latest homage to Steve McQueen and the original model.
It starts by outdoing the standard GT with 475 horsepower (+15) in addition to 420 pound-feet of torque. The top speed of 163 miles per hour is some 8 mph faster than the fastest GT. Only a 6-speed manual transmission (white cue-ball shift) with Rev Matching is available.
The Bullitt edition comes in Dark Highland Green or Shadow Black and gets the active-valve performance exhaust, red-painted Brembo brake calipers, and electronic line-lock for track days. Unlike the original, it features a tech-heavy interior, including the 12-inch instrument cluster.
California Special package
Another familiar limited-edition package, California Special, also returns for 2019. Available in the GT coupe and convertible models, it adds the stripe from the 5.0 badge to the rear fender, special trunk badging, and the blacked-out grill with performance splitter.
Unique five-spoke wheels, suede-trimmed seats, and California Special badging inside round out the option list. This package runs $2,000 on top of the cost of upgrading to the higher-trim Mustang.
Last but not least, the 2019 Mustang got some price hikes about one month into the new model’s run at Ford dealerships, as Cars Direct reported on August 13. The most noticeable change comes in the base price of $27,115 for the EcoBoost Fastback with manual transmission. (Destination charges are $995 for this year.)
The cost of the EcoBoost with 10-speed automatic shifts up to $28,710 (a noticeable bump from the $28,080 of the 2018). EcoBoost Premium ($31,880) and convertible ($32,365) models also went up. GT model pricing ($36,350 and up) stays the same for 2019.