April 2013 Sports Car Sales: Challenger Rises Again

They battle at the track and in showrooms too: Sports car sales are just as important to automakers as their performance is to enthusiasts. With that in mind, we decided to take a look at April sports car sales of vehicles that start at around $100,000 or less. Not surprisingly, the Chevrolet Camaro, Ford Mustang, and Dodge Challenger lead the pack.

As expected the top three is filled with Detroit muscle: the Camaro was in first place with 7949 sold, a 17.4-percent year-over-year drop which could possibly be attributed to a new model being just around the corner. The Ford Mustang, with an all-new model scheduled to drop in the middle of next year, also saw its sales dip 0.6 percent, with 7751 units sold. The only muscle car to see an increase in sales was the Dodge Challenger, which was up 17.1 percent with 4804 sold.

Fourth place for April goes to the Audi A5 with 1809 units sold, which beat out last month’s fourth place finisher, the Scion FR-S, by a decent margin. The FR-S moved down one slot to fifth place with 1629 units sold. Sixth place went to the outgoing C6 Chevrolet Corvette. Though it went out of production in February, the 974 Corvettes sold allowed it to beat the Porsche 911.

Speaking of the Porsche 911, the rear-engine wonder finished ahead of the Porsche Boxster and Cayman twins by a single unit, putting the mid-engine Porsche sports cars in eighth. The top 10 was rounded out by the Subaru BRZ with 812 sold, and the BMW 1 Series, with 626 sold.

You can check out the full list of April’s sports car sales below.

April 2013 Year-to-Date
Chevrolet Camaro 7949 27,147
Ford Mustang 7751 25,071
Dodge Challenger 4804 19,344
Audi A5 1809 5810
Scion FR-S 1629 6269
Chevrolet Corvette 974 3915
Porsche 911 891 3613
Porsche Boxster/Cayman 890 2253
Subaru BRZ 812 2600
BMW 1 Series 626 1917
Mazda MX-5 Miata 612 1847
Nissan 370Z 568 1946
Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class 451 1585
BMW Z4 230 854
Audi TT 170 633
Nissan GT-R 103 371
SRT Viper 60 64

Source: The Automakers

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By Christian Seabaugh