2012 Ferrari California debuts: lighter, more powerful, with Handling Speciale package

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 15, 2012

The new version of the Ferrari California will officially debut at the Geneva Motor Show. This model, which is currently in production, is lighter by 30kg and yet it offers a boost in power of 30 CV. The GDI V8 on the Ferrari California now produces 490 hp with maximum torque of 505 Nm at 5,000 rpm – the result of its new exhaust manifolds and engine mapping.

In addition, the torque curve was modified and is now higher throughout the engine’s generous rev range. The car weighs 30 kg less due to the use of advanced aluminum fabrication techniques and construction technologies by the Scaglietti Centre of Excellence in making the Ferrari California’s chassis.

But it’s emphasized that the weight reduction doesn’t compromise its structural rigidity and performance. These gave the Ferrari’s California’s performance a boost, shortening its acceleration time in going from 0-100 km to 3.8 seconds. This enhances the sporty feel without sacrificing the car’s mission and character. This car has gained universal recognition for its retractable hard top and 2+ seating that offered excellent performance and versatility. Ferrari seeks to meet the requirements of clients that want a driving experience that’s more dynamic but not overly so.

Hence, it offers this optional Handling Speciale package that includes modifications to the suspension set-up that reduces body roll and makes the car highly responsive to what the driver wants. The package also comes with magnetorheological dampers controlled by an even faster ECU (-50% response time) running patented Ferrari software.

The package features stiffer springs for more precise body control combined with a ride that’s comfortable. The California offers faster turn-in with smaller steering wheel angles due to a new steering box with a steering ratio that’s 10% faster. With these features, the California keeps its sporty features but its high-performance grand touring vocation isn’t affected.

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