Ferrari California T Adds Handling Speciale Package
With the introduction of the turbocharged California T, Ferrari’s least expensive ride really came into its own.
Ferrari’s first release for the Geneva Motor Show 2016 is the 2016 Ferrari California T Handling Speciale.
The Maranello-based auto manufacturer tweaked the settings in the dampers and also stiffened the springs in order to enhance the sportive driving capabilities of the vehicle. But that doesn’t mean it has to be soft-especially now that Ferrari is adding an optional Handling Speciale package. On top of sharper gearchanges there’s a new threshold for the F1 Trac stability control allowing “even better acceleration, particularly when exiting corners and on more bumpy road surfaces”.
The Sport mode now brings modified gear-shift logic, both for the automatic and manual versions, resulting in “faster and sportier gear engagement” during both up- and down-shifts.
“Clients the world over have been so impressed with the California T’s ideal combination of performanceand versatility that it has become the benchmark for all high-performance Grand Tourers”. The unit produces 552bhp at 7500rpm and 557lb ft of torque at 4750rpm; the 0-62mph sprint takes a claimed 3.6sec and top speed is quoted as 196mph.
Aside from the mechanical overhauls, the HS delivers a few aesthetical changes in Ferrari’s upcoming model.
Cosmetic changes for the HS include a new front grille in matte finish and a rear diffuser in the same colour with matte black fences and matte black tailpipes.
If it is too much or too little for the overhaul of the already-beastly vehicle, only passionate sports auto drivers can say.
Looking to buy? The standard Ferrari California T starts just south of $200,000.