Ferraris Loudon TN

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.

Carroll County Ford-Mercury
(731) 986-0794
21380 E Main St
Huntingdon, TN
 
Bmw of Chattanooga
(423) 894-5660
5949 Brainerd Rd
Chattanooga, TN
 
W & L Auto Sales
(423) 887-5757
405 S Amhurst Pl
Englewood, TN
 
Trotter Elite
(423) 648-5222
6008 Shallowford Rd
Chattanooga, TN
 
Premier Nissan
(731) 642-0601
300 Highway 77
Paris, TN
 
Ayers Leasing Inc
(423) 267-1104
900 Riverfront Pkwy
Chattanooga, TN
 
M & G Auto Sales
(423) 337-2400
643 Glenlock Rd
Sweetwater, TN
 
Roberts Nissan Inc
(615) 244-8976
Manchester, TN
 
Music City Truck & Equipment Inc
(615) 287-3100
151 Charter Pl
La Vergne, TN
 
Goats Auto Sales
(615) 699-2023
451 Public Well Rd
Red Boiling Springs, TN
 

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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