Ferraris Prineville OR

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.

Robberson Ford-Lincoln-Mercury
(541) 447-6820
2289 NE 3rd St
Prineville, OR
 
Robberson Ford-Lincoln-Mercury-Mazda
(541) 447-6820
2289 NE 3rd St
Prineville, OR
 
Monte Shelton Motor Company
(503) 224-3232
1638 W Burnside St
Portland, OR
 
Tec Equipment Inc-Medford
(541) 770-6861
1110 E Vilas Rd
Medford, OR
 
Electric Wheel Inc
(503) 485-0588
1555 12th St SE
Salem, OR
 
Robberson
(541) 447-6820
2289 NE 3rd St
Prineville, OR
 
Salem Nissan
(503) 581-3849
Salem, OR
 
Round-Up City Dodge Chrysler Jeep
(541) 278-0102
2240 SE Court Ave
Pendleton, OR
 
Brattain International Trucks
(503) 285-9300
61 NE Columbia Blvd
Portland, OR
 
Portland Freightliner Inc
(503) 283-0345
9622 NE Vancouver Way
Portland, OR
 

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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