Ferrari California T review

Category: Convertible

Section: Performance & drive

Ferrari California T
  • Ferrari California T
  • Ferrari California T

Performance & drive

What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is

Let’s be clear; the California T might be the least agile Ferrari, but it’s still hugely fast. The engine is a twin-turbocharged 552bhp V8, which has been used since 2012, and it gives the California a 0-62mph acceleration of just 3.6sec, plus a 196mph top speed, which puts it in the top echelon of performance cars. It's certainly faster than an SL 63, but still someway behind the ballistic 911 Turbo S.

For around £5000 more, Ferrari will add its Handling Speciale (HS) package. Its quicker gearchanges are just about detectable — either in manual paddle-shift or automatic mode — to anyone who’s driven a standard California. They’re still very smooth, though, even with the steering wheel-mounted driving mode switch (which Ferrari calls a manettino) set to the more urgent Sport mode.