Ferraris Central Falls RI

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 Maserati Of NE
(617) 559-0123
101 Washington St
Foxboro, MA
 
B & L Auto Sales
(401) 722-1980
824 Lonsdale Ave
Central Falls, RI
 
Masse Paul Chevrolet
(401) 434-2090
1111 Taunton Ave
East Providence, RI
 
Mann Motors Inc
(401) 461-7500
1100 Warwick Ave
Warwick, RI
 
Majestic Honda
(401) 762-1800
RR 146
Lincoln, RI
 
Independent Ferrari Service
(508) 238-4224
14 Bristol Dr
South Easton, MA
 
Scala Andre F Jr
(401) 658-1550
2970 Mendon Rd
Cumberland, RI
 
Herb Chambers Cadillac Inc
(401) 467-6600
101 Cadillac Dr
Providence, RI
 
Elmwood Auto Sales
(401) 461-0013
358 Elmwood Ave
Providence, RI
 
Ford Sterling Medium & Heavy Trucks-Colonty Truck Center
(401) 467-3800
7 Jefferson Blvd
Warwick, RI
 

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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