Ferraris Palestine TX

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.

Moore Sports Independent Ferrari & Porche Services
(512) 474-0011
2131 Theo Dr
Austin, TX
 
Ferrari Of Dallas
(972) 470-1774
500 N Central Expy
Richardson, TX
 
Bacon Family of Dealerships
(903) 729-2241
1216 E Palestine Ave
Palestine, TX
 
Champion Chrysler Dodge Jeep
(903) 723-3031
2321 State Highway 155
Palestine, TX
 
Bacon Chevrolet
(903) 729-2241
1216 E Palestine Ave
Palestine, TX
 
Ferrari Maserati Of Houston
(713) 772-3868
6100 Southwest Fwy
Houston, TX
 
Ford Rental System
(903) 729-2171
2929 S Loop 256
Palestine, TX
 
Hardy Rick Auto Sales Inc
(903) 729-6812
412 E Spring St
Palestine, TX
 
All Star Ford Mercury
(903) 729-2171
2929 S Loop 256
Palestine, TX
 
Diego Auto Sales
(512) 247-5222
5613 US Highway 183 S
Austin, TX
 

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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