Ferraris North Platte NE

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.

Schmode's Inc
(308) 532-3200
502 E Walker Rd
North Platte, NE
 
Jerry Remus Chevrolet-Olds-Cadillac Llc
(308) 532-7400
3701 S Highway 83
North Platte, NE
 
Bob Mayber Motors
(308) 532-4100
3201 S Highway 83
North Platte, NE
 
Premier Toyota
(308) 532-8400
2600 S Willow St
North Platte, NE
 
Reinecke Motor Co
(402) 352-2427
204 E 11th St
Schuyler, NE
 
Nebraska Truck Center Inc
(308) 532-7730
2502 E 4th St
North Platte, NE
 
Bob Spady Buick Pontiac GMC
(308) 532-1750
2302 E 4th St
North Platte, NE
 
Angus Auto Sales
(308) 534-1272
2200 E 8th St
North Platte, NE
 
Tincher Chevrolet-Oldsmobile
(402) 341-1100
Omaha, NE
 
Forrester's Dodge City
(308) 848-2288
204 S Walnut
Arnold, NE
 

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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