The California T, Ferrari’s front-engined V8 model with retractable hard top and 2+ seating configuration is now available with the brand-new Handling Speciale option.
Clients the world over have been so impressed with the California T’s ideal combination of performance and versatility that it has become the benchmark for all high-performance Grand Tourers. Now owners looking for an even more sporty driving experience, particularly on challenging, twisty routes, have a new optional package to meet their needs. The Handling Speciale option offers a series of specific calibrations and a set-up that lends an extra edge, especially in the manettino’s Sport-mode. This bespoke solution incorporates new damper settings and modified springs that make the car stiffer which, although marginally reducing the ride comfort, results in even sportier feedback, aided and abetted by the new engine sound that increases as revs rise.
The gear-shift logic for the Sport-mode has been modified – in both manual and automatic – resulting in faster, seamless, and sportier gear engagement during up and down shifts. 16 percent stiffer front springs and 19 percent stiffer rear springs result in an increase in body control thanks to lower roll, dive and pitch. The Handling Speciale package also includes a new exhaust system with silencers featuring two primary pipes and a new geometry designed to yield an exhaust note that increases progressively as engine speed increases, with a sound in keeping with the car’s more sporty character. The exhaust was developed in tandem with the engine and gearbox control software to underline the performance gains, with a more rapid response, improved sound and volume when the car is put through its paces.
On an aesthetic level, certain elements have been highlighted to underscore the HS package’s sporty vocation while still retaining the California T’s signature elegance and sophistication. These include the new front grille in matte Grigio Ferro Met and the rear diffuser in the same color with matte black fences and matte black tailpipes. A special plaque in the cockpit also indicate that the car sports the Handling Speciale optional package.
The new option makes its official debut at the upcoming Geneva International Motor Show.