The Ferrari California T could now be availed with the brand-new Handling Speciale (HS) option. This new optional package from Ferrari -- the Handling Speciale – provides a series of specific calibrations and a set-up that could make the already athletic California T sportier, especially when it is in Sport mode.
Handling Speciale includes new damper settings and modified springs that make the California T stiffer. While this package may reduce the ride comfort, it allows for a sportier feedback, which is made more promising by a new engine sound that intensifies as revs rise.
This new HS package features 16-percent stiffer front springs and 19-percent stiffer rear springs, resulting to enhanced body control due to lower roll, dive and pitch. This feedback is especially welcomed when drivers are tackling challenging routes laden with twisty roads, adding more juice to the already versatile and high performing California T.
When availed, the HS option modifies the gear-shift logic for the Sport mode -- both in automatic and manual – paving way for a sportier gear engagement during both up- and down-shifts. The remarkable variations in Sport mode are a result of a new strategy for the SCM3 magnetorheological dampers, which now boast of faster response and higher efficiency.
Likewise, the modified F1-Trac logic helps the California T accelerate better, especially when exiting corners and on bumpy road surfaces. Moreover, the HS package comes with a new exhaust system with silencers featuring two primary pipes.
This exhaust system also boasts of a new geometry designed to produce an exhaust note that intensifies progressively as engine speed increases. Ferrari had the exhaust developed along with the engine and gearbox control software in order to make sure that its sounds highlight the improvements in performance – making them fuller and richer.
In fact, drivers could instantly appreciate the new sound of the exhaust as soon as they press the Start button. Of course, the HS package also endows the California T with a sportier look, without affecting the vehicle’s signature elegance and sophistication.
To achieve this, the package comes with a new front grille in matte Grigio Ferro Met and a rear diffuser in the same color with matte black fences and matte black tailpipes. Moreover, the package comes with a special plaque in the cockpit indicating that it was fitted with the HS optional kit. Ferrari will unveil the new HS package at the Geneva International Motor Show.