The 2016 Ferrari California T


The 2016 Ferrari California T.
Photography by Bonnie M. Morét
 
Earlier this week at the 2016 Geneva Auto Show, Ferrari announced a new performance handling upgrade for the California T called the Handling Speciale package. It combines several key updates that gives the California T better track handling and a throatier sound.

 
I had the pleasure of a joyride in the 2016 Ferrari California T earlier today.  I was excited to see what lurked under this bad boy's hood:  a turbocharged 3.9-liter V-8 featuring a host of power-adding, fuel-sipping technologies like direct injection and Ferrari’s Variable Boost Management. Producing a potent 560 horsepower and 557 pound-feet of torque, the California T hits 62 mph from a standstill in just 3.6 seconds.
 

While all Ferrari California Ts boast the same slick seven-speed dual clutch gearbox; however, the Handling Speciale package offers quicker up- and downshifts, both in automatic and manual modes.  Because the “HS” treatment also includes a new quad-exhaust system, it is tuned to produce a fuller, more pronounced note at high revs. 
 

At a base price of  $205,000, the 2016 California T is quite a deal.

2016 Ferrari California T.

The new multi-function steering wheel looks like it was ripped out of a Formula1 car.
The center infotainment system is angled vertically, as are the bank of HVAC controls.
Below that is a reworked center console with buttons for reverse, automatic mode,
 and launch control. The huge paddle shifters shine brightly behind the
flat-bottomed steering wheel. 

The sleekly-styled dash.

Of course I drove the Ferrari California T in Sport mode ...

Passenger room is good up front, but the plus-two rear seats
 are best reserved for extra gear.

The new quad-exhaust system is tuned to produce a fuller,
 more pronounced note at high revs.
 

I must say, I loved the way the Ferrari California T handled.

The 2016 Ferrari California T looks great from all angles.

The end of my joyride.

 Thank you Davio's for hosting the Ferrari Art of Speed event!

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Bonnie Morét is an award-winning photographer recognized by The Georgia Council of the Arts as "an exceptional representation of contemporary Georgia art work." Her photography is featured on Georgia Public Broadcast's Georgia Traveler. Her exhibitions include Fifth Annual Exposure Awards at Musee du Louvre in Paris, France, Art Takes Miami at Scope Art during Art Basel Miami, Metro Montage XIII at the Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art, World of Water at the Georgia Aquarium, Open Walls at Black Box Gallery in Portland, Oregon, Wholly Georgia: A Look at the Effects of Southern Religious Culture, sponsored by the Art History League and Georgia State University, at Mint Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia, 6x6 at the Rochester Contemporary Arts Center in Rochester, New York, @Phonography: Dialogue in the Wireless Age, at 3 Ring Circus in New Orleans, Louisiana, and About Lands and Lives of the Civil War at the 6th Cavalry Museum in Ft. Oglethorpe, Georgia. Her photography appears in Modern Luxury/The Atlantan, Jezebel Magazine, and hangs in the executive offices at the Georgia State Capitol as part of the Art of Georgia exhibit. Corporate clients include Atlanta Ballet, Atlanta History Center, Chanel Cosmetics, Christian Dior Cosmetics, Sharp Mountain Vineyards, PM Realty Group, Granite Properties, Road Atlanta, Patrón Tequila, StubHub, CBM Records and The Washington Auto Show.