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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.

Capital Chrysler Jeep Dodge
(919) 582-0202
Highway 70 & Greenfi
Garner, NC
 
Mebane Oaks Auto Sales
(919) 304-1101
Mebane, NC
 
Kinston Nissan Lincoln Mercury
(252) 522-1021
4051 W Vernon Ave
Kinston, NC
 
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4633 Equipment Dr
Charlotte, NC
 
Crown Automotive Group
(336) 851-3200
3604 W Wendover Ave
Greensboro, NC
 
Stanton Auto Sales
(252) 492-8300
3590 N Lynnbank Rd
Henderson, NC
 
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(919) 460-8200
900 Auto Park Blvd
Cary, NC
 
United Auto Sales
(828) 686-7123
624 US 70 Hwy
Asheville, NC
 
Deacon Jones Chevrolet-Geo Inc
(919) 284-2131
703 N Church St
Kenly, NC
 
Transport Sales Inc
(704) 921-9545
8311 Statesville Rd
North Wilkesboro, NC
 

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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