2017 Ferrari California T
Two Cars in One
Ferrari’s California T of 2017 was already a brilliant, capable supercar. With its twin-turbocharged V8 engine and the folding metal roof that effectively made it two cars for the price of one, the California T had something for everyone. However, in true Ferrari spirit, that didn’t mean it couldn‘t be made better or more capable.
The T Exclusive
Enter the Handling Speciale package that the company developed for the California T; the very option package that is fitted to this car. While the 412 kW turbocharged driveline remained, the Handling Speciale option was all about making the car sit flatter in corners and elicit a more emotional response from the way it went about everything from gear changes to the noise it made. Meanwhile, the potent California T driveline will continue to astonish you with its 7,500 rpm redline and turbocharged flexibility and muscle, while the folding metal roof continues to provide the best of both worlds in terms of security, safety and fun factor.
Ferrari first increased the spring rates of the car (16 per cent front and 19 per cent rear) and then revalved the adaptive dampers for a flatter ride through turns. Even the traction control was reprogrammed to give the California better grip out of bumpy corners. Shift aggression (particularly in Sport mode) was increased in the seven-speed double-clutch transmission and a revised exhaust liberates more decibels and a more aggressive note.
This car also benefits from other options fitted at the factory, including yellow brake calipers, 20-inch forged, diamond-cut alloy wheels, Pirelli tyres, a tyre-pressure monitoring system, and styling additions such as a carbon-fibre steering wheels and Cavallinos stitched into the headrests as well as the extra black accents that come as part of the Handling Speciale option.
Features include: Handling Speciale pack, yellow brake callipers, Cavallino stitching on headrest (in Grigio Chiaro), carbon-fibre steering wheel with inbuilt LED display, 20-inch forged diamond alloy rims, tyre pressure monitoring kit, Pirelli tyres, Visibility Pack.