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Ferrari’s latest offering, the California, uses the template of the latest-generation SL: a folding-hardtop convertible and a transmission that does without a clutch pedal.

Ferrari Sunoco Service
(215) 947-9411
Huntingdon Pk & Philmont Ave
Huntingdon Valley, PA
 
South Park Mitsubishi
(412) 831-0700
5172 Library Rd
Bethel Park, PA
 
Sendell Motors Inc
(724) 837-1600
RR 30
Bolivar, PA
 
Meshoppen Auto Sales
(570) 833-5411
Canal St
Meshoppen, PA
 
Lieberth & Sons Dodge Inc
(412) 828-0520
303 Hulton Rd
Oakmont, PA
 
Algar Ferrari Of Philadelphia
(610) 527-1100
1234 E Lancaster Ave
Bryn Mawr, PA
 
Classy Chassis Auto Sales the
(814) 563-7772
Matthews Run Rd
Youngsville, PA
 
Washington Hyundai
(724) 222-2216
307 Washington Rd
Washington, PA
 
Union Park
(610) 430-3628
West Chester, PA
 
Knopf Dodge
(215) 646-2080
717 N Bethlehem Pike
Ambler, PA
 

2009 Ferrari California vs. 2009 Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG

2009 Ferrari California vs. 2009 Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG By Michael Austin

For 54 years while Jaguars, BMWs, and Cadillacs have come and gone, the Mercedes-Benz SL has been the king of the trophy-car convertibles—the sort of car that not only says its owner has arrived but that he’s been around for a while.


Ferrari’s latest offering, the California, uses the template of the latest-generation SL: a folding-hardtop convertible and a transmission that does without a clutch pedal. Ferrari is positioning the California as a less expensive companion to the 599GTB and 612 Scaglietti grand tourers, leaving the mid-engined F430 to represent the harder-edged realm of Ferrari’s sports-car ambitions. So the overlap in price—the California’s base price of $197,350 is only $22,810 less than the convertible F430 Spider’s—isn’t supposed to be a problem, but some sales cannibalization is to be expected.

Also inevitable are comparisons with other cars in the segment, even if potential owners more likely cross-shop their purchases with helicopters or gold-plated hovercraft. This brings us to the Mercedes-Benz SL63, recently updated for 2009 with revised styling, a new (for the SL) 6.2-liter V-8, and a shift-time-hastening multiplate clutch (in place of a torque converter) between the engine and the seven-speed automatic transmission. The SL65 AMG, which starts at $198,175, might be closer in price to the Ferrari, but the maniacal power of its twin-turbo V-12 and the extra heft over the front wheels in the SL65 make the SL63 a more manageable and enjoyable car to drive. Read the entire article at Car and Driver.com!

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