Ferrari California T gets Handling Package

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The Ferrari California T convertible will be offered with a handling package to enhance the vehicle’s sporty appeal…

Ferrari will unveil a California T with the HS (Handling Speciale) package at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show and the Maranello-based firm says that “owners looking for an even more sporty driving experience, particularly on challenging, twisty routes, (will) have a new optional package to meet their needs.”

Ferrari California T HS package

The HS Package incorporates a number of specific calibrations that enhance the performance of the Ferrari California T in sport mode and incorporates new damper settings as well as modified springs. As a result, the car is stiffer and its ride comfort is marginally compromised in favour of sportier feedback and enhanced handling dynamics. The front springs are 16% stiffer while the rear springs are 19% stiffer, resulting in increased body control.

The sport mode gear-shift logic has also been modified for both automatic and manual mode which has resulted in faster up and down shifts. Furthermore, a revised F1-Trac logic ensures improved acceleration upon exiting corners and on bumpy road surfaces.

The HS package also includes a new exhaust system with silencers featuring new geometry that delivers an engine note that becomes more pronounced as speed increases. Ferrari says “the exhaust’s new timbre is instantly recognisable as soon as the driver hits the Start button. It is fuller, richer and more involving at all speeds and in all driving situations.”

Over and above all the technical changes that the HS package offers, a number of aesthetic features further differentiate the model from the standard California T. The front grille, for instance, is finished in matte Grigio Ferro Met and the same colour is applied to the rear diffuser with matte black fences and matte tailpipes. On the inside, a special plaque is visible indicating that the car features the HS package.

Engine power

The Ferrari California T is powered by a front mounted 3.8-litre turbocharged V8 engine that offers 412 kW and 755 Nm of torque through a 7-speed dual clutch transmission. Acceleration is swift and the California T achieves 0-100 kph in 3.6 seconds before hitting a top speed of 316kph. Fuel consumption is rated at 10.5L/100km.

The Ferrari California T was introduced in South Africa in February 2015 and is currently priced at R3 668 000. 

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