Ferraris Bismarck ND

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.

Wilhelm
(701) 223-2944
First & Broadway
Bismarck, ND
 
Peterbilt of Bismarck
(701) 255-7555
3800 Commerce St
Bismarck, ND
 
Bismarck Honda Nissan Hyundai
(701) 258-1944
1025 E Bismarck Expy
Bismarck, ND
 
Stan Puklich Chevrolet Inc
(701) 223-5800
Highway 83 & Calgary
Bismarck, ND
 
Lithia Ford of Grand Forks
(701) 772-1617
2273 32nd Ave S
Grand Forks, ND
 
Cedric Theel Dodge Toyota
(701) 223-2190
1144 Missouri Ave
Bismarck, ND
 
Eide Ford Lincoln Mercury Inc
(701) 222-3500
800 E Bismarck Expy
Bismarck, ND
 
Veracity Motors
(701) 258-2277
1701 E Main Ave
Bismarck, ND
 
D & S Motors
(701) 776-5284
1430 Highway 3 S
Rugby, ND
 
Nelson Implement & Chevrolet Co
(701) 427-5225
Milnor, ND
 

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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