With the automotive landscape being a constantly changing environment, new models are ever more intricate. New emissions regulations has started a domino effect of downsizing and turbocharging, a real challenge for performance car manufactures. Ferrari rose to the occasion with the California T and a 3.85 litre turbo V8 engine. This entry level GT car is important for the prancing horse as it introduces potentially new customers to the brand. That said, the Italians don’t want their enthusiasts feeling that the car doesn’t meet their needs. Introducing the Ferrari California Handling Speciale.
Ferrari has previously produced HS packages for its GT cars such as the 599, but now is the true of the new California. This car features new stiffer springs for both the front and rear, as well as a stiffer setup for the dampers. Whilst this might give a firmer ride on those continental blasts, the improved formula should yield less body roll through fast corners. The Ferrari California Handling Speciale receives faster shift times for its 7 speed dual clutch gearbox. Another mechanical alteration is a new exhaust system designed to further enhance the sound from the V8. Said engine is untouched meaning it still produces 552 BHP and will get from 0-62 MPH in just 3.2 seconds.
Visually there is a new grill along with matte black detailing that finds a home on the Italian bodywork.