The Ferrari California T takes on cars such as the Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet, Aston Martin Vanquish Volante and Bentley Continental GTC V8, with its combination of a powerful V8 mounted up front, a 2+2 seating layout and a folding metal hard top. It has a more relaxed character than the mid-engined 458 Italia, but it’s by no means slow. It was launched as simply the Ferrari California (without the T) in 2008, and a mid-life refresh raised power from its 4.3-litre V8 by 30bhp to 483bhp, when 0-62mph improved to just 3.8 seconds.
The model became the California T when it was restyled in 2014, and twin turbocharging was added along with a new downsized 3.9-litre V8 engine. Capacity might have gone down, but power leapt to 552bhp with around 30 percent more torque, and 0-62mph dropped again to 3.6 seconds.
The Ferrari California T hire car also features ceramic brakes for superb stopping power, and the original version was the first Ferrari to use a twin-clutch gearbox when it was launched in 2008. The latest upgrade, which arrived in 2016, is the Handling Speciale package. It comes with a few minor styling tweaks, but more importantly boasts stiffer springs and upgraded dampers – and a sportier engine note.
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