Ferraris Mandan ND

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.

Ressler Chevrolet Inc
(701) 663-9851
1500 2nd St NE
Mandan, ND
 
Cartiva Nissan Honda of Grand Forks
(701) 746-2020
3220 S Washington St
Grand Forks, ND
 
Ripplinger Motors Inc
(701) 324-2244
Business Loop 52 S
Harvey, ND
 
Fargo Auto Sales Inc
(701) 277-1967
20 2nd St E
West Fargo, ND
 
Regent Garage Company
(701) 563-4397
Main St
Regent, ND
 
Ressler Subaru
(701) 663-8223
805 E Main St
Mandan, ND
 
Jamestown Auto Center
(701) 252-2360
1513 Business Loop E
Jamestown, ND
 
Motor Vehicle Branch Office
(701) 444-3457
201 5th St NW
Watford City, ND
 
Miller Motors
(701) 845-2780
2505 W Main St
Valley City, ND
 
Concept Inc
(701) 797-2727
806 Lenham Ave SW
Cooperstown, ND
 

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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