2013 Ferrari California vs. Its Competition

2013 Ferrari California 30
Nelson Ireson Nelson Ireson Senior Editor

The Maserati GranTurismo Convertible, particularly in Sport guise, is in many ways the closest of the competition to the Ferrari, despite coming from their co-owned "junior" brand; power comes from a lusty V-8, there's a convertible top (though it's cloth) and, of course, classic Italian styling.

Porsche's latest-generation 911 Cabrio likewise doesn't offer a folding hard top, but it does offer stellar handling, all-wheel-drive practicality, and similar practicality in a stylishly German package.

BMW's 6-Series might not seem a natural competitor to the California, but with the 2013 model, BMW has moved the 6-Series into the high end of power, comfort, and style.

Mercedes-Benz's SL Class is likewise endowed with a healthy engine and ample style, but its exterior might not be quite to everyone's fancy, and it's a decided step back on handling and performance.

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Quick Specs
The 2013 Ferrari California is a fun and stylish--and surprisingly practical--entry into Ferrari ownership.
With the addition of a new four-door Gran Coupe and M6 Coupe, the 6-Series lineup covers the full range of personal luxury, from soft and elegant to sharp and athletic.
The 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL Class toughens up its image and its handling, but still feels more content as a grand touring grand dame.
Still a tremendous value, the 2013 Porsche 911 range offers a great balance between dedicated sports car handling and daily practicality.
Earthy exhaust tones and serene handling carve out a distinctive niche for the fabulous Maserati GranTurismo.
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Gas Mileage    
13 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy
Gas V8Turbocharged Gas I6Turbocharged Gas V8Gas Flat 6Gas V8
EPA Class    
Minicompact CarsCompact Cars2 SeaterMini-CompactSubcompact Cars
Style Name    
2-Door Convertible2-Door Coupe 640i2-Door Roadster SL 5502-Door Coupe Carrera2-Door Coupe GranTurismo Sport
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
Automatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic w/Manual ShiftManualAutomatic w/Manual Shift
Detailed Spec Comparison
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