The Ferrari California T is a formidable sports car – a favourite among our Ferrari-loving friends – and the Italian company has done what it does best: improved its performance by way of the new HS, or Handling Speciale, option package.

The HS includes stiffer springs, both front and rear, as well as recalibrated damping to suit the new spring rates. Drive mode selections are also calibrated specifically for the HS. For us convertible lovers, Ferrari says the already brilliant V8 sounds even better, as they’ve developed a exhaust system.

The springs of the Handling Speciale option are 16% stiffer front and 19% stiff rear, making the entire platform more rigid in all dynamic situations, although your mother-in-law might complain about the rough ride. The Sport driving mode has been specifically developed to shift the seven-speed dual clutch transmission faster in manual and automatic modes, on both up- and down-shifts.

The California T’s 3.9-litre, twin-turbo V8 makes 552 horsepower and 557 lb-ft of torque, which are serious numbers even in these days of the modern horsepower wars, giving the convertible serious performance. Zero to 100 km/h in an astonishing 3.6 seconds is possible and, assuming you don’t run out of road, you can hit a top speed of 316 km/h.

The Ferrari California T HS is available for order now and will inevitably become the most desired of the modern California models.

 

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Images courtesy of Ferrari S.p.A.

Published on Jan 22, 2016