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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.

Cunningham Motors
(615) 244-7461
Nashville, TN
 
David Clifton Chevrolet
(865) 354-0152
Highway 27
Rockwood, TN
 
Under 200 Cars and Trucks
(901) 385-7772
4958 Elmore Rd
Memphis, TN
 
Rual's Auto Sales
(931) 829-4090
Ethridge
Ethridge, TN
 
Nissan
(931) 728-2212
2747 Hillsboro Hwy
Manchester, TN
 
Landmark International Trucks Inc
(865) 637-4881
Knoxville, TN
 
Pat Patterson Volvo Suzuki
(901) 381-4680
2085 Covington Pike
Memphis, TN
 
Morristown Ford
(423) 586-5520
1112 W Morris Blvd
Morristown, TN
 
Stan McNabb Chevrolet-Olds-Cadillac Inc
(931) 455-3451
2000 N Jackson St
Tullahoma, TN
 
Herb Newton Nissan
(865) 482-9260
1549 Oak Ridge Tpke
Oak Ridge, 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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