Ferraris Hastings NE

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.

Great Plains Chrysler Plymouth & Dodge Inc
(402) 463-3104
2800 Osborne Dr E
Hastings, NE
 
Buy Right Trucks Sales
(402) 463-8737
9135 Osborne Dr W
Hastings, NE
 
Cheyenne Freightliner Sterling Western Star Inc
(308) 632-2911
322 S Beltline Hwy E
Scottsbluff, NE
 
Martinez Auto Sales
(402) 494-3695
201 W 8th St
South Sioux City, NE
 
H & H Chevrolet
(402) 339-2222
Omaha, NE
 
Frontier Ford Lincoln Mercury Inc
(402) 463-3116
3101 Osborne Dr W
Hastings, NE
 
Kerr Chevrolet Inc
(402) 462-4131
800 S Burlington Ave
Hastings, NE
 
Ken-Boy Motors Inc
(402) 768-6141
2nd & Lincoln
Hebron, NE
 
Michael's Truck Sales Inc
(402) 466-8795
Lincoln, NE
 
Husker Auto Group
(402) 479-7699
6833 Telluride Dr
Lincoln, NE
 

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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