Ferraris Hurricane WV

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.

Midway Ford Inc
(304) 562-3315
Exit 34 I-64
Hurricane, WV
 
Hurricane Chevrolet
(304) 562-3005
200 Saturn Way
Hurricane, WV
 
Saturn of Charleston
(304) 562-3886
Big Hurricane Crk
Hurricane, WV
 
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(304) 327-7151
Bluefield, WV
 
Hager's Auto Sales
(304) 595-3136
RR 60
Cedar Grove, WV
 
Courts Chrysler Plymouth Dodge Jeep Eagle
(304) 562-9011
102 Orchard Park Rd
Hurricane, WV
 
Hurricane Truck Sales
(304) 562-6490
US Route 60
Hurricane, WV
 
Wable Chrysler-Plymouth-Dodge
(304) 652-3771
820 Chelsea St
Sistersville, WV
 
D & G Auto Sales
(304) 422-4130
1802 Blizzard Dr
Parkersburg, WV
 
Cjs Auto Sales
(304) 296-5555
836 Don Knotts Blvd
Morgantown, WV
 

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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