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2017 Ferrari California T: Overview

What’s New For 2017?

The 2017 Ferrari California T adds a new "Handling Speciale" package for drivers interested in a more agile cornering experience compared to last year’s model. Ferrari announced the new package last year, but didn’t implement it until the 2017 model year.

What We Like

Beautiful styling; well-crafted interior; amazing performance; top-down thrills See the 2017 Ferrari California models for sale near you

What We Don’t

Still has the baby-Ferrari aura; not as eye-catching as the brand’s other models; expensive options

Overview

The 2017 Ferrari California T represents the latest model year of the brand’s California sports car, which was heavily updated in 2015 with revised styling, an upgraded interior and a turbocharged engine — hence the new California "T" moniker. Because it’s so new, there are few changes this year — aside from the newly optional Handling Speciale package, which brings added stiffness and improved handling to the California T’s already exciting package.

Not that the California T needed many updates. The latest model redefines the term "entry level" in a way that almost has us convinced this could scarcely be a "base-model" car — until we lay eyes on the especially impressive 488 GTB or 812 Superfast. No, the California can’t go toe-to-toe with those ultra-exotic Ferraris — but it still packs a mean punch.

That punch comes from the convertible’s turbocharged 3.9-liter V8, which touts an amazing 553 horsepower and 557 lb-ft of torque — good enough to send the California T from zero to 60 in roughly 3.6 seconds. Facilitating that speed is a lightning-quick 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, which shifts with all the speed and fury of an exotic car — and yet with impressive smoothness for when you’re looking to relax.

But the California is about more than just its engine. There’s also a nearly endless color palette for the exterior hue, a highly customizable interior, and a surprisingly wide array of modern technology that includes an adaptive suspension, front and rear parking cameras and an excellent touchscreen navigation system.

The downside? That would be the California T’s price, which starts around $203,000 with shipping. Not bad for a Ferrari, but a lot of money for the entry level.

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