Drop-dead gorgeous looks and exquisitely tailored interiors notwithstanding, Ferraris have always been about their engines. More specifically, the sound of the engine. So despite 553 horsepower and 3.6-second 0-60 capability,...
Ferrari California T’s 3.9-liter twin-turbo has a slightly more muted sound than the fever-pitched euphonious wail of the previous model’s naturally aspirated 4.3-liter V8. Ferrari newbies (the California’s entry-level status in the House of Enzo attracts many of them) might not even notice the slight reduction in aural intensity, considering how much more quickly the scenery blurs past the 2015 model. The car’s 7-speed dual-clutch automatic makes quick work of gear changes with the steering-wheel paddles or will seamlessly handle shift duties automatically. Stiffer springs, quicker-acting shocks and a lower center of gravity tighten handling this year, but a new “bumpy road” feature also allows drivers to select a more relaxed ride when desired.