In the latest episode of Ignition, host Jonny Lieberman explores the Italian Riviera in one of Ferrari’s latest grand tourers, the California T Handling Speciale, and justifies why it now can be called worthy of wearing a Prancing Horse emblem.
Unlike the old Ferrari California, which used a 435-hp 4.3-liter V-8, the California T uses a new 3.9-liter twin-turbo V-8 producing 552 hp and 557 lb-ft of torque. A seven-speed twin-clutch automatic transmission is the only gearbox available in the California T. The $8,150 Handling Speciale package adds a reprogrammed magnetic dampers and sport mode, stiffer springs, a different exhaust note, black tailpipes, a special plaque in the cockpit, and a matte Grigio Ferro Metallic-painted front grille and rear diffuser.
Lieberman starts the episode off sitting on the side of the road overlooking the city of Genoa before setting off in the California T Handling Speciale. He then highlights some of its flaws such as the un-Ferrari-like interior materials and awkward exterior proportions courtesy of the car’s retractable hardtop roof. Additionally, Lieberman also points out the original California’s reputation as the “soft” Ferrari, which the new car has been burdened with.
Does the Ferrari California T Handling Speciale perform as one would expect from a car wearing a Prancing Horse emblem? Check out the newest episode of Ignition in the video below to find out.