Ferraris Mitchell SD

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.

Mitchell Ford Lincoln Mercury
(605) 996-5614
2300 N Main St
Mitchell, SD
 
Iverson Chrysler Center
(605) 996-5683
600 S Burr St
Mitchell, SD
 
Cdl Equipment Co
(605) 368-9682
47858 Lake Alvin Pl
Harrisburg, SD
 
Eide Vern Motorcars Inc
(605) 362-9500
5200 S Louise Ave
Sioux Falls, SD
 
18 Wheeler Truck & Trailer Sales
(605) 737-7861
3201 Beale St
Rapid City, SD
 
Palace Motors Inc
(605) 996-5120
219 E 1st Ave
Mitchell, SD
 
Mount Truck Sales
(605) 624-5315
31313 456th Ave
Meckling, SD
 
Henderson Motors
(605) 624-4265
807 Princeton St
Vermillion, SD
 
Rapid Chevrolet
(605) 343-1284
Rapid City, SD
 
Jacobsen Ford Mercury Inc
(605) 347-3662
2416 Junction Ave
Sturgis, SD
 

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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