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Ferraris Magna UT

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.

Jerry Seiner Buick GMC Truck Hummer
(801) 956-3333
730 W 2100 S
Salt Lake City, UT
 
Butters Auto Sales
(801) 825-1940
6011 S 1900 W
Roy, UT
 
Ken Garff Automotive Group
(801) 225-3535
Orem, UT
 
Larry H Miller Group
(801) 553-5960
10905 Auto Mall Dr
Sandy, UT
 
Ken Garff Automotive Group
(801) 763-6800
597 E 1000 S
American Fork, UT
 
Gus Paulos Chevrolet
(801) 969-8221
4050 W 3500 S
Salt Lake City, UT
 
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(801) 374-1751
195 E University Pkwy
Orem, UT
 
Quality Chevrolet Company
(435) 882-2233
1041 N Main St
Tooele, UT
 
Community Motors Inc
(435) 637-1972
354 S Highway
Price, UT
 
Ken Garff Automotive Group
(801) 322-5663
777 S West Temple
Salt Lake City, UT
 

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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