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
 
Nation Auto of Marlow Heights
(240) 492-1700
4533 Saint Barnabas Rd
Temple Hills, MD
 
Winegardner Pontiac GMC of Prince Frederick Inc
(410) 535-3200
935 Solomons Island Rd N
Prnc Frederck, MD
 
Auto Dealer the
(410) 358-4130
5501 Reisterstown Rd
Baltimore, MD
 
Criswell Acura
(410) 269-8406
1701 West St
Annapolis, MD
 
R Stempler Nissan
(410) 538-8500
2801 Pulaski Hwy
Edgewood, MD
 
College Park Motor Cars-Mazda-Subaru-Volkswagen
(301) 441-2070
9330 Baltimore Ave
College Park, MD
 
Pic Motors
(410) 644-9660
1600 S Caton Ave
Halethorpe, MD
 
Martens Volkswagen
(301) 656-6166
5206 River Rd
Bethesda, MD
 
Fitzgerald Mazda Mitsubishi Suzuki Daewoo
(410) 841-2627
1930 West St
Annapolis, 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!

Click here to read the rest of the article from DriverSide