THE front-engine hard-top California T V8 is now available with the brand-new Handling Speciale (HS) option, making it the new benchmark for all high-performance Grand Tourers.
The HS offers a series of specific calibrations and a setup that lends an extra edge, especially in the Sport mode. This solution incorporates new damper settings and modified springs that make the car stiffer, resulting in sportier feedback, aided by the new engine sound that increases as revs rise.
The gear-shift logic for the Sport mode has been modified (both in automatic and manual), resulting in faster, sportier gear engagement during both up- and down-shifts.
The HS package also includes a claimed 16 percent stiffer front springs and 19 percent stiffer ones at the rear with a consequent increase in body control thanks to lower roll, dive and pitch.
The differences in Sport mode are underscored by a new strategy for the SCM3 magnetorheological dampers that increases their speed of response and improves their efficiency. The revised F1-Trac logic helps ensure even better acceleration, particularly when exiting corners and on more bumpy road surfaces.
The HS package also includes a new exhaust system with silencers featuring two primary pipes and a new geometry designed to yield an exhaust note that intensifies progressively as engine speed increases.
On an aesthetic level, certain elements have been highlighted to underscore the HS package’s sporty vocation while still retaining the California T’s signature elegance and intricacy.
These include the new front grille in matte Grigio Ferro Met and the rear diffuser in the same colour with matte black fences and matte black tailpipes. A special plaque in the cockpit also indicates that the car sports the HS optional package.
The new option will make its official appearance at the upcoming Geneva International Motor Show in March.