After being rumored for quite some time, the Ferrari California Handling Speciale has officially been introduced almost a full month before its world debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. The first details offered by Ferrari are that the Handling Speciale will be 66 lbs lighter and will deliver 30 HP more than the standard model.

The new Ferrari California Handling Speciale is equipped with new exhaust manifolds and, after some engine mapping, the V8 engine now delivers a total of 490 HP and a peak torque of 372 lb-ft at 5,000 rpm. Ferrari also used plenty of aluminum, as well as construction technologies used by the Scaglietti Center of Excellence to offer the decrease in weight and maximize the increase in power. This translates to a more dynamic and faster vehicle with a 0-60 mph sprint time of just 3.8 seconds.

Handling is also improved modifications to the suspension set-up that minimize body roll and make the car even more responsive to driver inputs. Magnetorheological dampers controlled by even faster ECU (-50% response time) running patented Ferrari software are also added to the mix for better response, with stiffer springs for more precise body control and a more comfortable ride. Finally, the California benefits from faster turn-in with smaller steering wheel angles thanks to a new steering box with a 10% quicker steering ratio.

Updated 05/11/2012: Ferrari has unveiled a new video presenting the technical details behind their new California. Enjoy!

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  (745) posted on 09.12.2012

Brilliant color combination. The contours are very sexy and great in this car but I don’t like the tires, it doesn’t match the car.

  (517) posted on 03.5.2012

0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds, wow! The modifications it went through was superb, see it perform for the better and contain people in comfort.

  (378) posted on 03.1.2012

The aerodynamic body kit is superb with this California Handling. The air inlet in the hood gives more cooling system with the engine underneath. The rest is fine, but I really want to know why it named so? Is it connected with the California? 

  (334) posted on 02.22.2012

Brilliant design and color combination. The contours are looking great in this car, but I don’t like the tires, it doesn’t look sporty.

  (321) posted on 02.20.2012

It was stunning from the distance. The front view was superb, and it has the captivating look. Do they provide other paint finishes? 

  (570) posted on 02.20.2012

Yeah! The looks are very stunning and somehow impressive on its design. It’s nice to know that the engine output of this uses V8 for a more dynamic and faster vehicle.

  (449) posted on 02.14.2012

This one looks stunning with its contours, the black and red color compliments its all over look, but the rims should be more stylish to match the car itself.

  (401) posted on 01.11.2012

Impressive car! I want to see this car in live performance. The color combination of this car is simple but the performance is crazy.

  (378) posted on 01.4.2012

February 2012 is about to come!! And I am now more excited on this Ferrari California Handling Speciale. I love the design of this, but not the wheels though it seem perfectly fit on this car.

  (570) posted on 12.14.2011

Well, It maybe looks aggressive but unlike with you guys; I didn’t find stunning on its exterior design unlike with the other Ferrari vehicle, but it’s really a good thing that it has a powerful engine.

  (384) posted on 12.14.2011

I love the aggressiveness of this California that caused by its front design! smiley However, I think it will look better if it is on a sleek body paint. Anyway, it’s a good thing that they increased its output.

  (466) posted on 12.12.2011

The platform of this vehicle is really so different from the other Ferrari which is kind of refreshing. However, I truly wonder if what kind of engine that they use on this sports car? Well, I hope that it was good enough on it.

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