Ferraris Jerome ID

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.

GMC Trucks Authorized Sales & Service
(208) 324-3900
901 S Lincoln Ave
Jerome, ID
 
Southern Idaho Freightliner
(208) 324-3333
1000 S Centennial Spur
Jerome, ID
 
Ida Pac Inc
(208) 324-2204
Jerome, ID
 
Benewah County of
(208) 245-3910
Saint Maries, ID
 
Rick's Chevrolet-Oldsmobile-GMC Truck
(208) 226-2431
2807 Pocatello Ave
American Falls, ID
 
Trebar Kenworth Sales
(208) 324-8886
62 E Frontage Rd N
Jerome, ID
 
Con Paulos Chevrolet-Pontiac-GMC
(208) 324-3900
901 S Lincoln Ave
Jerome, ID
 
Rudolphs Buick & Pontiac GMC
(208) 743-8072
502 B St
Lewiston, ID
 
Courtesy Ford-Lincoln-Mercury
(208) 238-1500
Pocatello, ID
 
Dazi Auto Sales
(208) 465-2002
3110 N Middleton Rd
Nampa, ID
 

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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