2013 Ferrari California HS – First Drive
Well, it’s no secret that traveling to Italy to drive a new version of the Ferrari California is an enthusiast’s dream come true. So there I was at the factory in Maranello listening to the presentation of the Handling Speciale package for 2013.
Ferrari says that 70 percent of California-model buyers are first-time owners of a Ferrari, and the car is often used as a daily driver. So the theme of the HS package was to push technical know-how to make an even better performance car and maintain its sophisticated luxury at the same time. With the 4.3-liter V-8 engine moving up from 453 to 490 bhp along with a torque increase from 357 to 372 lb.-ft., there is abundant performance.
And the HS package provides reduced body roll via stiffer springs, quicker steering response and a definite feel of more nimble handling. The electronic control unit is faster- reacting and improves shock absorber response by a significant percentage. And to make sure cornering is lots of fun, the California utilizes the latest F1-Trac traction control for stability.
The theme of the HS package on the 2013 Ferrari California HS was to push technical know-how to make an even better performance car and maintain its sophisticated luxury at the same time. With the 4.3…