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FERRARI CALIFORNIA HANDLING SPECIALE
You don't need translation for this one: the result is pretty special
THIS NEW PACK REPRESENTS SOMETHING
CLOSE TO STORMING VALUE
ew Ferrari options could be described as a bargain. �is
is the company that will happily charge tens of thousands
of pounds to add full carbon-fibre trim to one of its cars,
and choosing a special-order paint or trim colour costs the
equivalent of what even a Ferrari buyer would consider a really nice
holiday. Yet the new Handling Speciale option
pack for the Ferrari California T - £5,568
on top of the £155,000 for the basic car -
represents something close to storming value.
Although it is Ferrari's most popular
model, the standard California T is more
likely to be bought for gently cruising
boulevards than hard driving, perhaps
the sort of car for an aspiring actress to be
photographed leaving an LA nightclub in.
�e new pack is intended - as the name
suggests - to make it a bit more speciale.
It doesn't bring any more power - 560bhp from the 3.9-litre
turbocharged V8 is plenty - but it does deliver some significant
chassis tweaks with firmer spings and the Sport mode, which
pretty much pops a can of spinach, making it instantly firmer
and more aggressive. �e HS pack also brings a new exhaust
system, one that the company happily boasts is
louder than the standard California across the
board. �is sounds great, burbling like an oldfashioned
race car at low speeds and wailing
like an electrocuted soprano when worked
harder. If you're going to buy a California, this
is definitely the one to get.
BEST BIT: Sound, performance, much more
exciting than the standard car.
WORST BIT: Interior quality can't match some
rivals; still the entry-level Ferrari.
Engine: 3.9-litre V8,
0-62mph: 3.6 seconds
Top speed: 196mph
The very top of the car market is an odd place, one where buyers
can pretty much indulge their every whim - and are as likely to
invest in a new yacht or a private jet as they are in a car.
Standing out matters, which is why Bugatti - which pioneered
the seven-�gure supercar with the 1,000bhp Veyron - has opted
to replace it with the even more ludicrous 1,500bhp Chiron.
This is a car we're told will have a 261mph top speed, and which
should therefore restore Bugatti the bragging rights of producing
the world's fastest car, yet is more likely to spend its life gathering
parking tickets in Knightsbridge.
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