Chevrolet Corvette sales have been on fire since the brand introduced its completely redesigned C7 Stingray for the 2014 model year. Through June of this year Chevrolet has managed to sell 17,744 new Stingrays compared to 5,673 over the course of the same period in 2013, equating to a 213% increase in sales.
To put the recent success of the Stingray into perspective, consider that through June of this year Porsche has only managed to sell 5,169 911s and SRT has only sold 354 Vipers. Even the far less expensive Nissan 370Z doesn’t come close either with only 4,114 total sales so far this year.
For Chevrolet, June Corvette sales weren’t nearly as good as May’s final figures; however, the brand still managed to deliver 2,723 new coupes and convertibles for the month, which is a 219% improvement over June 2013. Chevrolet is currently on pace to sell roughly 35,000 new Stingrays through the end of this year, and could fare even better depending on the popularity of the high performance 2015 Z06 variant when it drops.
For 2015, the entry level Corvette Stingray gets a slew of new options and colors, which should help the model remain on top. Mechanically, the greatest enhancement to the 2015 Stingray is an optional eight-speed automatic paddle-shift automatic transmission paired to a 2.41 limited-slip differential, which will help with traction.
On the outside, the biggest addition to the 2015 Stingray is the availability of a new ZF1 Appearance Package that features a body-color spoiler and five-spoke silver alloy wheels lifted directly from the Z51 Performance Package. Other new notable options include carbon-fiber badges and a new carbon fiber ground effects package with new front splitter, rocker panels and a more aggressive rear spoiler. New paint colors include Shark Gray Metallica and Daytona Sunrise Orange Metallic.
Inside, the updated 2015 will be available with a suede-quilted headliner and the convertible gets an optional carbon-fiber tonneau cover. For the performance-oriented buyer, Chevrolet is also offering an all-new Performance Data Recorder which, if selected, equips the Stingray with a 720p video camera, a microphone and GPS logging system to record on track progress.
The American-built, 455 horsepower C7 Stingray is truly one of the best bang-for-the-buck sports car bargains in the world, and the proof is in its sales figures. It appears that Chevrolet has finally built the best Corvette in history, which should help it thrive for years to come.