What is it?
Ferrari's attempt to prove the California T can be a proper sports car, as well as a Mercedes SL-style, GT-into-roadster, folding hardtop, high-speed cruiser. We've been here before, Ferrari offering a Handling Speciale package for the original normally-aspirated California back in a 2012 facelift that upped power 29bhp to 483bhp and stripped 30kg out of the aluminium structure.
To make good on this improved power to weight ratio the Handling Speciale option offered the choice of stiffened up springs, quicker reactions for the adaptive magnetorheological dampers and a 10% faster steering ratio for those looking to explore the full remit of the California's 194mph top speed and sub-four seconds to 62mph performance.
Since then the California has gained a new twin-turbo engine with 552bhp and a massive jump to 557lb ft of torque from the normally-aspirated car's 372lb ft; mid-range punch has been transformed and the changes broadly welcomed.
Now the California T is established in the range Ferrari is again offering a Handling Speciale option, upping spring rates by 16% front and 19% rear, adjusting damping to match, tweaking the F1-Trac stability control software and modifying the exhaust to unleash more sporting character. A new matt silver grille - Grigio Ferro Met if you prefer - and rear diffuser with black 'fences' and exhaust tips mark the HS out from standard Californias and there's a little plaque on the centre tunnel too.