Ferraris Crawfordsville IN

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.

Dave Stetler Chevrolet & Cadillac Inc
(765) 362-2840
1825 S US Highway 231
Crawfordsville, IN
 
Allen Truck Sales
(765) 364-0828
2989 Industrial Blvd
Crawfordsville, IN
 
Cadillac Sales & Service
(765) 362-2840
1825 S US Highway 231
Crawfordsville, IN
 
Chrysler Automobile Sales & Service
(317) 885-3686
Greenwood, IN
 
Sonny's Truck Sales
(812) 723-5874
RR 1
Paoli, IN
 
Horner Pontiac Buick GMC
(765) 362-4000
1705 Lafayette Rd
Crawfordsville, IN
 
Etter Ford - Mercury
(765) 362-5400
1401 Darlington Ave
Crawfordsville, IN
 
Saturn of Michiana
(574) 258-6322
4028 Grape Rd
Mishawaka, IN
 
Tutt's Auto Sales Inc
(765) 671-1123
703 N Baldwin Ave
Marion, IN
 
Cars Plus Auto Sales Llc
(260) 495-2886
620 E State Road 120
Fremont, IN
 

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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