Ferrari Introduces the Handling Speciale Option for the California T

Ferrari California T with HS package 3 photos
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Ferrari California T with HS packageFerrari California T with HS package
Ferrari has some new goodies in store for the front-engined V8-powered California T owners. The Italian carmaker is introducing the Handling Speciale (HS) option that will make its official debut at the upcoming 2016 Geneva International Motor Show.
The HS offers a series of specific calibrations and a new set-up that gives the car an advantage, especially in the manettino’s Sport mode, and is destined for owners looking for an even more sporty driving experience while they red-line their California T on more challenging, twisty roads.

The new damper settings and modified springs make the car a little stiffer. Although the ride comfort was reduced, the owners won’t care too much, because of the sportier feedback and the new engine sound that increases as revs rise.

The package also includes 16 percent stiffer front springs and 19 percent stiffer ones at the rear, resulting in an increase in body control thanks to lower roll, dive and pitch.

One of the most notable differences is highlighted by a new strategy for the SCM3 magnetorheological dampers that makes them respond much more quickly and improves their efficiency. The revamped F1-Trac logic provides better acceleration, particularly when exiting corners and on more bumpy road surfaces.

The HS package comes with a new exhaust system with silencers featuring two primary pipes and a new geometry designed to send chills down your spine as engine speed increases. The exhaust’s new, fuller and richer growl is instantly recognizable as soon as you hit the Start button.

When talking about aesthetics, the car comes with a new front grille and the rear diffuser finished in Matte Grigio Ferro Met, with matte black fences and tailpipes. On the interior, a special HS plaque lets you know about the optional package your car is fitted with, in case you forgot.

Ferrari didn’t specify the cost of this optional package, but most likely the Prancing Horse will give all the details at the Geneva International Motor Show starting March 3, 2016.
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