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Ferrari California Refinements & "Handling Sepciale" Package - Web Exclusive

The revised California is lighter, more powerful and has an optional handling package.

Greg Emmerson
Feb 15, 2012
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Perhaps regarded by some as the “ugly duckling” of the current Ferrari range, the 2012 Geneva Auto Show will see the debut of a new version of the California.

Chief among its attractions are a reduction of weight by 30kg (66 lb) and an increase in power of 30hp.

The Ferrari California’s GDI V8 now delivers 490hp with maximum torque of 405 lb-ft thanks to new exhaust manifolds and engine mapping. The torque curve has also been modified and is higher across the engine’s range.

New aluminum techniques and technologies have been used in the manufacture of the California’s chassis, leading to the weight reduction without affecting its structural rigidity or performance, according to Ferrari.

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The enhancements have reduced the 0-62mph acceleration time to 3.8sec. Furthermore, an optional Handling Speciale package has been developed to minimize body roll, making the car more responsive to driver inputs.

The package includes Magnetorheological dampers controlled by a faster ECU that runs Ferrari software claimed to be 50% quicker than before. The package also features stiffer springs as well as a new steering box with a 10% quicker steering ratio to make the car more responsive.

The technical features are accompanied by a more extensive choice of colors, including two-tone finishes and a modern re-interpretation of classic color schemes to increase the personalization possibilities.

The availability of the lighter and more powerful vehicle, along with the optional Handling Speciale package, will vary according to each market but initial deliveries are scheduled for Europe.

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