Ferraris Millersville MD

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.

Rich Morton
(410) 969-5389
8059 Veterans Hwy
Millersville, MD
 
Kingsville Dodge
(410) 803-0800
11717 Belair Rd
Kingsville, MD
 
Saturn of Frederick
(301) 663-1300
5903 Urbana Pike
Frederick, MD
 
Dar Cars Toyota Nissan
(301) 212-4700
15625 Frederick Rd
Derwood, MD
 
Ktoyota of Southern Maryland
(301) 863-7555
21578 Great Mills Rd
Lexington Park, MD
 
Darcars Toyota of Frederick
(301) 831-4144
1040 W Patrick St
Frederick, MD
 
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(410) 363-2000
9801 Reisterstown Rd
Pikesville, MD
 
Euro Motorcars Bentley & Rolls Royce
(301) 718-7900
4919 Bethesda Ave
Bethesda, MD
 
College Park Motor Cars-Mazda-Subaru Volkswagon
(301) 441-2070
9330 Baltimore Ave
College Park, MD
 
Euro Motor Cars
(301) 986-8800
7020 Arlington Rd
Bethesda, MD
 

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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