Ferrari California

gets handling


Ferrari California T Handling Speciale, front
Ferrari California T Handling Speciale, rear

IT already has a top speed pushing 200mph but now the Ferrari California is being fitted with a new handling pack to make it even more performance oriented.

The California T Handling Speciale has uprated damper settings and modified springs designed to deliver a sportier drive.

The HS 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.

Overall performance figures for the front-engined V8 California are unchanged with the car retaining a 0 to 60 acceleration of 3.6 seconds, a maximum of 197mph and fuel consumption figures of 26.9mpg with emissions of 250g/km.

The HS option includes changes to the transmission software which Ferrari says result in faster up and down shifts allowing for greater acceleration exiting corners or on poor surfaces.

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. A special plaque in the cockpit also indicates that the car sports the HS optional package.

Prices for the new model are still to be announced with the California T currently costing £155,460.

The car will have its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March.


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