Ferraris Pierre 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.

Beck Motor Company
(605) 224-8535
Pierre, SD
 
Jerry's Chevrolet of Beresford
(605) 763-6000
306 N 16th St
Beresford, SD
 
Rapp Chevrolet
(605) 648-3604
700 S Broadway Ave
Marion, SD
 
Aberdeen Chrysler Center Inc
(605) 225-1656
901 Auto Plaza Dr
Aberdeen, SD
 
Rapid Chevrolet
(605) 343-1285
Deadwood Ave
Rapid City, SD
 
Lamb Auto Sales
(605) 224-2796
1021 E Wells Ave
Pierre, SD
 
Watertown Ford Chrysler
(605) 886-5855
Watertown, SD
 
Billion Auto Center
(605) 425-2871
Salem, SD
 
Harr Motors Inc
(605) 225-3078
1700 6th Ave SW
Aberdeen, SD
 
J & R GMC Trucks
(605) 332-7112
4500 N Cliff Ave
Sioux Falls, 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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