Ferraris Chaska MN

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.

Lenzen Chevrolet-Buick Inc
(952) 448-2850
480 Highway 212 E
Chaska, MN
 
Winona Auto Sales
(507) 454-1900
460 E 2nd St
Winona, MN
 
Rochester Ford Toyota
(507) 288-7564
4900 Highway 52 N
Rochester, MN
 
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Hibbing, MN
 
K2 Auto
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8316 Pillsbury Ave S
Minneapolis, MN
 
Kruse Motors Inc
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307 8th Ave
Madison, MN
 
Walser Burnsville Mazda
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14720 Buck Hill Rd
Burnsville, MN
 
Morrie's
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7885 Brooklyn Blvd
Minneapolis, MN
 
Bob Lowth Ford Inc
(218) 751-3140
3010 Bemidji Ave N
Bemidji, MN
 
Kline-Nissan
(651) 379-4300
3090 Maplewood Dr
Saint Paul, MN
 

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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