Ferraris Pacific MO

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.

Larry Hogland Chevrolet
(636) 271-5700
2027 W Osage St
Pacific, MO
 
Johnny Londoff Chevrolet West
(636) 271-5700
2027 W Osage St
Pacific, MO
 
Route 66 Chevrolet
(636) 271-5700
2027 W Osage St
Pacific, MO
 
Jim Falk Motors
(660) 885-2277
1201 N 2nd St
Clinton, MO
 
Mhc Kenworth
(417) 962-9111
915 Shelton Dr
Cabool, MO
 
Don Filer Motors
(636) 257-4055
2326 W Osage St
Pacific, MO
 
Scp Auto Leasing
(636) 271-4055
2326 W Osage St
Pacific, MO
 
Don Flier Motors
(636) 271-4055
2326 W Osage St
Pacific, MO
 
St Louis Auto Car Sales
(314) 588-9810
1422 Delmar Blvd
Saint Louis, MO
 
Taylor Chevrolet
(816) 364-2163
Maysville, MO
 

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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