Ferrari California Gets Handling Speciale Package

2012 Geneva Auto Show


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    Ferrari California Picture

    Ferrari has reduced the weight and increased the power on the California, and is offering a new Handling Speciale package. | February 15, 2012

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2012 Geneva Auto Show

Just the Facts:
  • Ferrari has reduced the weight and increased the power on the California.
  • A new Handling Speciale package also is being offered.
  • Weight is trimmed by 66 pounds and output increases by 30 horsepower.

MARANELLO, Italy — Ferrari has reduced the weight and increased the power on the Ferrari California, and will introduce a new Handling Speciale package at the 2012 Geneva Auto Show.

Now in its fourth year of production, the California has had 66 pounds trimmed from its overall weight, due mainly to new techniques used to fabricate the car's aluminum chassis.

Ferrari also has massaged the California's 4.3-liter direct-injection V8, remapping the ECU and fitting new exhaust manifolds. The result is a bump in output to 490 horsepower, with peak torque of 372 pound-feet. Zero-to-60 acceleration now takes less than 3.8 seconds.

The new Handling Speciale package bundles ultrafast magnetorheological dampers, stiffer springs and a new quick-ratio steering box. The result, according to Ferrari, is reduced body roll and greater responsiveness to driver inputs.

Ferrari said it has already begun building the new California in Maranello.

Edmunds.com says: Subtle, but significant changes for the old warhorse.

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