Ferrari California T with Handling Speciale package - Geneva Motor Show Live

03/03/2016 - 11:17 | ,  ,   | Sagar Parikh

Has better handling and a richer exhaust note.

Along with the Ferrari GTC4Lusso (facelifted Ferrari FF), Ferrari is also celebrating the show debut of the Ferrari California T with Handling Speciale package at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. The new Handling Speciale option brings a number of specific calibrations and a setup that take handling up a notch, especially in the Sport mode.

Ferrari California T with Handling Speciale package front at 2016 Geneva Motor Show

Specifying the HS option brings new damper settings and modified springs that make the car stiffer. To be more specific, the optional package includes 16% stiffer front springs and 19% stiffer rear springs. These modifications make the car more sportier to drive, but at the cost of a marginally degraded ride comfort. In response the more dynamic driving, is a new engine sound that increases with rising revs.

The gear-shift logic for the Sport mode has been modified to provide faster up- and down-shifts in both automatic and manual modes. The Sport mode driving differences are emphasized by a new strategy for the SCM3 magnetorheological dampers that increases their response speed and makes them more efficient. Thanks to the revised F1-Trac logic, the acceleration is improved, and this improvement is noticed particularly when exiting corners and on more uneven road surfaces.

Ferrari California T with Handling Speciale package dashboard at 2016 Geneva Motor Show

The new engine sound is the result of a new exhaust system, also included in the package. This exhaust system's silencers feature two primary pipes and a new geometry.

The HS package-equipped Ferrari California T is instantly recognisable with Grigio Ferro Met-coloured new front grille, Grigio Ferro Met-coloured rear diffuser with matte black fences and a special plaque in the cockpit.

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