Ferrari California “Handling Speciale” Package Revealed Ahead of Geneva Debut

Ferrari California “Handling Speciale” Package Revealed Ahead of Geneva Debut

The Ferrari California will be coming to the 2012 Geneva Auto Show with some new upgrades and a new sports handling package known as “Handling Speciale.”

Ferrari has managed to shave 66lbs off of its newest generation of the California by using advanced aluminum construction techniques, which according to the company, maintains all of the structural rigidity and performance as the old way of doing things.

The refresh will also see the California get new exhaust manifolds and engine mapping, giving the GDI V8 which delivers 490 hp with maximum torque of 505 Nm(372 lb. ft) at 5,000 rpm 30 added horses. This more power, less weight design will propel the California from 0-62 MPH in a cool 3. 8 seconds.

While the added power will come standard in all California’s, Ferrari is also offering a “Handling Speciale” package for the consumer who wants their supercar tailored for the track. The package includes magnetorheological dampers with an even faster ECU which constantly varies the shock absorber settings to fit the needs of the driver. Stiffer springs will accompany the new dampers to deliver a more responsive handling feel, while a new steering box provides a 10 per cent quicker steering ratio.

The new technical features will be accompanied by new paint options on the car, with two-tone finishes, three-layer paint technology and modern revivals of classic color schemes all available to make it easier to customize the California.

The availability of the vehicle will depend on where you are the world, with only sales in Europe confirmed right now.

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