What can be said about the 911 that hasn’t already been said? The flagship Porsche model has been the envy of performance enthusiasts the world over since its debut in 1963, with an unmistakeable silhouette that has stayed relatively the same for just as long.
Adding to the magnitude of the 911’s profit margins has been the wide variety of submodels, which now number sixteen as of this writing. It appears, however, that Porsche may soon have to fix their marketing, as the C7 has now surpassed the Teutonic knight of performance driving.
Sales figures for 2014 so far demonstrate that the Stingray has more than tripled that of the 911. Exact numbers are as follows: 17,744 for America’s sports car, and 5,169 for the German’s variety. That’s including all of the variants that both cars can be ordered in.
We could be here all day arguing about the merits of each car in terms of market demographics, reliability, race track performance, and cost of ownership, but the simple fact of the matter is this–Corvettes are simply cheaper than 911s, always will be, and therefore perform better when comparing simple sales numbers.
However, is it possible we’re just looking at this the wrong way? After all, it is a little bit apples-to-oranges to be comparing these two vehicles that operate in different spheres of influence. Sure, they’re both the respective halo models to their brand–the C7, in all of its fiberglass grandeur, has its roots in American performance, the patron saint of V8 majesty and happiness; the 911, the car with the “perfect” shape, flouting water-cooled nonsense for the better part of the 20th century and managing to aggravate competing European exotic carmakers in the process.
Arguably, there are some areas where one of these cars cannot feasibly compete in the other’s territory. Now, if we could only get the C7 to outsell the Porsche in Germany…