By on July 17, 2014

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The current Corvette is doing well for itself as of late, not only moving off the lot at a greater clip between January and June of this year than last, but also besting the SRT Viper and Porsche 911.

GM Authority reports 17,744 Corvette Stingrays made it to the highway during the aforementioned sales period, over three times what was sold during the first six months of 2013. Meanwhile, only 354 Vipers managed to do the same — thanks to its high price and the velvet rope surrounding the one or two models available in most showrooms — as well as 5,169 of Stuttgart’s finest during those months. Nissan’s 370Z, priced much lower than the Stingray, also fared poorly against the Kentucky-built thoroughbred, 4,114 sold this year thus far.

Within the Chevy dealership, 2,723 convertibles and coupes left the lot in June, down from 3,328 in May. National Automobile Dealers Association forecasts the Corvette Stingray is on pace to hit 35,000 sold by the end of 2014, aided by the improved 2015 model and the introduction of the Z06.

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37 Comments on “Corvette Stingray Bests Viper, 911 In Sales Through First-Half Of 2014...”


  • avatar

    Considering the Corvette is CHEAPER than the others…

    • 0 avatar
      TMA1

      Cheaper and better is a hard combo to beat.

    • 0 avatar
      miketm

      Exactly. Base on a 911 is $84,300; and base on a Corvette is $53,995. (And, trust me, optioning up the 911 is more costly than the Corvette. )

      So $30K is a lot of money – more that 50% more than the entire cost of the Corvette. Assuming both cars are appealing to their respective demographics, you’re just going to sell more Corvette’s because they’re cheaper. Add to that the fact that the Corvette is a brand new model…

      I mean, good for the Corvette. It’s a beautiful car. But I don’t think the fact that it outsold the 911 means much of anything.

  • avatar
    Aquineas

    Well, except for the 370Z. In any case, cheaper or not, the Corvette would be the one I’d buy in almost all scenarios, unless the 911 happened to be a Turbo S, in GT Silver Metallic please along with the Burmester Package and the Premium Package plus (not that I’d given any thought to this at all ;-).

    • 0 avatar
      SlowMyke

      Why are they even talking about the z? I mean why not mention how it did against the brz and frs? Or that the mustang and camaro smoked it? Sort of irrelevant given what the corvette actually competes against. Not that any part of this post is surprising news though…

      • 0 avatar
        Aquineas

        Good point; the Z isn’t really in the same league as the others; in price or performance. Though I don’t think the FRS or BRZ are in the same league as the Z, either. In my opinion, Nissan already designed and built the BRZ more than 15 years ago, only they called it the 240sx. I wasn’t excited about it then, and I’m not excited about the concept in its present incarnation.

        • 0 avatar
          319583076

          The current Z debuted almost 6 years ago and the next version is expected next year. In addition to the difference in price and target market, it isn’t really a fair comparison for either car. I’m sure the all-new Z will sell better in it’s first year.

          Excellent point about the 240sx. Legends abound, but empirical evidence seems to show that those cars were almost all driven into the ground. I think it’s more likely that the FRS/BRZ will find the same fate rather than living on as garage queens and collector cars.

        • 0 avatar
          SlowMyke

          Yeah that was my point. The Porsche and viper make some sense, though it really should be just the Z06 they are comparing since performance wise and price wise the base vette doesn’t line up. The other cars I mentioned were just additional sarcasm with regards to even mentioning the z.

        • 0 avatar
          bd2

          The GT-R is more the Vette’s competition (at least the higher models) as the 911 is also the most-oft mentioned competitor for the GT-R.

  • avatar
    Zackman

    I love the new Corvette, a beautiful car any way I look at it. I don’t care if it came with a V6, I’d still like to own one.

  • avatar
    Noble713

    Should have included stats on Cayman/Boxster sales (roughly the same price point).

    That said, I’d take the C7 over everything else listed in the thread so far. My coupe wishlist is a simple and short one:

    1. Twin-Turbo Lamborghini Gallardo or Huracan
    2. C7 Corvette
    3. Supercharged BRZ <–most realistic choice for Japan

    By the way, C7's here seem to retail for ~$100,000. :( Makes them a tough choice when compared to used Gallardos, even without the cost of aftermarket forced induction.

    • 0 avatar
      Aquineas

      Aftermarket forced-induction? You’re either: 1. Rich 2. Have another car as a daily driver 3. Both. 4. Under the age of 30, in which case you may not yet have realized that you need #3.

      • 0 avatar
        Noble713

        I’m over 30 (31) and not rich yet, but trust me I’m under no illusions about the potential impracticality/unreliability of dropping $150k worth of turbo plumbing into an Italian exotic.

        Hell, I keep a DD because my late 90’s *Toyota* is frequently down for maintenance.

  • avatar
    Stumpaster

    and why not – it’s better than them. never been a corvette fan but this one looks hot up close and has that sweet smell of post-curing epoxy.

  • avatar
    Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

    Been seeing a bunch of these, they definitely look prettier in person than on paper or screen.

    I’d still want one in black though, maybe with crimson vents/louvers/calipers.

  • avatar
    mjz

    The SRT Viper (soon to be the Dodge Viper again, I think) has been a real sales dud.

  • avatar

    Hard to cross shop a C7 and a 911 once you factor in price. However, I am cross shopping a C7, a Hellcat, and a 997 GT3 (used).

    • 0 avatar
      Aquineas

      Man, I envy you. Honestly each of those choices would be a winner. The Hellcat may end up being a collector’s item one day.

      • 0 avatar
        Giltibo

        The Hellcat may be a collector’s item: its 700+ hp makes it a straight-line dive (à la Shelby GT500) but with its heavy weight and a large-car suspension system (Don’t forget it’s built on the same platform as the Charger/300), things may go a bit sour once things get curvy.

        This being said, the ‘Vette is a reasonably priced real performance car, made to eat asphalt,straight or curved.

        The 997 is also a real sports car, but much. much more expensive to own and especially maintain.

    • 0 avatar
      cbrworm

      I think you have to buy the Hellcat, and then buy a C7 or GT3 to go with it. It’s hard to imagine cross shopping those cars (but I would be thrilled to have any of them).

  • avatar
    cbrworm

    This has to be the most improved car over the last 30 years. Each generation is so much better than the previous.

    • 0 avatar
      PrincipalDan

      +1 Someone who bought a Corvette in 1979 would recognize the evolution of the shape but yes the experience of driving would be night and day. Heck even the owner of a 1989 model would be very impressed with the improvement.

      • 0 avatar
        SC5door

        Wouldn’t the owner of an 89 get smoked by a Camry V-6? I’d hope they would be impressed with the improvement.

        • 0 avatar
          celebrity208

          It dependes on what Corvette you’re driving.
          0-60 times:
          1989 Corvette ZR-1 (Lingenfelter) 4.2 (1/4mi 12.5)
          1990 Corvette ZR-1 4.3 (1/4mi 12.6)
          1986 Lamborghini Countach 5.1 (1/4mi 13.5)
          1986 Ferrari 328 GTS 5.5 (1/4mi 14.2)
          1982 Lamborghini Countach 5.6 (1/4mi 13.9)
          1985 Corvette 5.6 (1/4mi 13.9)
          1990 Corvette 5.6 (1/4mi 14.1)
          2012 TOYOTA CAMRY SE (V6) 5.7 (1/4mi 14.1)
          1986 Corvette 5.7 (1/4mi 14.2)
          1986 Corvette Convertible 5.9 (1/4mi 14.3)
          1988 Corvette Z51 5.9 (1/4mi 14.4)

          But your point is taken. Just the fact that a family sedan can hang with quasi- and full on super cars from the 80s is impressive.

          (times from zeroto60times.com)

  • avatar
    PrincipalDan

    If I had Porsche money in this segment I’d buy a GT-R BUT if I wanted either lots of money left in my pocket and/or a smaller monthly payment the Corvette would be an easy choice.

  • avatar
    S2k Chris

    I think the C7 is gorgeous, and want one desperately. Never been a Corvette guy; C5 was “meh”, C6 was “hmm, interesting” and now C7 is “DO WANT!”

    If I had the cash laying around I’d totally trade my aging S2000 in on one (red Z51 with 3LT, active exhaust, and magnaride, please).

  • avatar
    ccd1

    Would like to see the sales figures for the Jag F Type which plays in this arena as well. Be interested in seeing if Porsche starts to feel the heat from competitors or just moves further up market to avoid the competition

  • avatar
    carguy

    Expect Viper sales to dive even further once the new Z06 and Hellcat Challenger become available.

  • avatar
    kvndoom

    Nissan has priced the Z out of relevance. It costs about the same as you can get a V8 Mustang for, and hasn’t kept up with the Joneses at all.

    There’s no way the new model will be cheaper (unless they go the GT86 route and make it underpowered), so I can’t understand its place in the market anymore.

    It’s a beautiful car, but the value proposition isn’t there.

    • 0 avatar
      CJinSD

      Hasn’t the Z cost more than a Mustang V8 since the dollar went off the gold standard? It would never even dawn on me to compare the two, since one is a GT and the other is a powerful economy car.

  • avatar
    CJinSD

    The sales comparisons needed to judge the health of Corvette and desirability of the C7 are the numbers from the first model years of the C6, C5, and C4. That’s what will tell us if the Corvette still has a future.

  • avatar
    05lgt

    After considering the price, visual appeal, and likelihood that the corvette would duct tape the 911 in a compromised position to the cell bars with an honor system drop box for compensation on the track, it’s a wonder ANY 911’s reach the highway.

  • avatar
    bts

    As much as we hate the automatic, the 2015 Corvette will be getting the 8 speed and should be the better choice for acceleration and fuel economy.

  • avatar
    DrGastro997

    Why the comparison? 911 is a completely different sports car than the Corvette and in a completely different class. I’m glad Corvettes are selling like hell considering its budget friendly muscle car. Gives me more chances to put more Corvettes to shame when I fast approach and pass in a Turbo S.


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