What is it?
What it’s not, Ferrari is keen to point out, is a mere entry model to the Italian supercar maker’s range. That distinction belongs to the California T without HS in its initials, which is the somewhat quieter and smoother-riding version of the retractable roof roadster-cum-GT. It's also £5568 cheaper than this £160,812, somewhat sportier new arrival.
The Handling Speciale has been selling in Europe since the beginning of the year and about 20% of their buyers have already shown a preference for its extra equipment.
Those are: springs that are 16% stiffer up front and 19% behind, improved magnetorheological dampers (whose internal oil supply can be made less viscous if you pass an electric current through it), tweaks to the F1-Trac stability control that allow you to drive with more verve, a louder exhaust, plus minor changes to the grille, rear diffuser and exhaust tips to advertise its sportier character.