Chevrolet remains the number one performance brand in the United States in 2011, proven by the sales of it Camaro and Corvette models. The models accounted for one out of every three sports cars sold in the country last year in 2011. Chevrolet accounted for 37% of the sales in the sports-car segment in 2011by disposing 88,249 Camaros, outselling its rival, the Ford Mustang, by more than 18,000 units.
The difference is expected to grow further when the company rolls out to the public its new Camaro ZL1 this month. Chevrolet, meanwhile, accounted for 28% of the total sales in the luxury-sports-car segment in 2011, by selling 13,164 Corvettes. Corvette outsold its nearest rival, the Porsche 911, by more than 100%.
"With the addition of the Camaro ZL1, there are only a handful of brands in the world with two cars that can match the performance, technology, and excitement of Corvette and Camaro," said General Motors North America President Mark Reuss. Reuss boasted that unlike it rival’s performance cars, the Corvette ZR1 and Camaro ZL1 are appropriate for both daily drivers and track use from the factory, as the vehicles were fitted with standard coolers for brakes and drivetrain.
Reuss also raised a challenge to its rivals: bring two cars to compete with the Corvette ZR1 and Camaro ZL1, dollar for dollar. Reuss also predicted the results, saying that its rivals discover that Chevrolet Camaro and Corvette are the “world's best performance cars for the money."
To demonstrate what the Corvette and Camaro can do, Chevrolet conducted a test of the full-production models with no performance modifications at the "Grand Course" at Virginia International Raceway.
The Grand Course setup configuration poses a challenge for production cars as it requires unusual power, precise handling and tenacious grip to record a fast lap. The test results? The 2012 Corvette ZR1, driven by Corvette engineer Jim Mero and equipped with new Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires, finish the Grand Course in 2 minutes and 45.6 seconds, setting a record for the best published lap time for any production car.