Car News 29 Jan 2016

Ferrari California T receives new ‘Handling Speciale’ pack

Ferrari will unveil a new, sportier ‘Handling Speciale’ pack for the California T at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

The optional HS pack gives the California T a more performance-focused drive, stiffening the suspension by 16% at the front and 19% at the rear. The new suspension improves the car’s handling and body control, and is best experienced when the manettino dial is set to Sport mode.

Complimenting the stiffer suspension, the HS pack upgrades the transmission, making the changes faster on the seven-speed dual clutch gearbox. The exhaust has also been replaced with a twin-silencer system, which works at a higher rev level, giving the California a fuller, louder noise as the engine speed increases. The pack also includes an updated F1-trac stability control system, which improves corner-exiting and handling on bumpy roads.

Visually, the exterior changes are subtle. The HS gets a new front grille in matte Grigio Ferro Met, with the diffuser also finished in this colour. Matte black tailpipes and fences complete the new look. A ‘Handling Speciale’ plaque is mounted in the cabin.

The engine remains the same – a 552bhp 3.85 twin-turbo V8, delivering 0-62mph in 3.6 seconds and a top speed of 196mph.

The HS upgrade pack is expected to cost around £5,300.