Defining the term “sports car” isn’t impossible but is controversial in automotive enthusiasts’ conversation and won’t be something undertaken on GoodCarBadCar.net today. Conflicting opinions on the topic have led to the common usage of words like sporty, sportiness, and sporting along with performance car, grand tourer, and luxury coupe.
Of the twelve cars listed below with their year-to-date Sales Stats for 2009, only a handful could make an adequate case before a judge as to their own proper usage of the term “sports car”. This category of vehicle, a category that takes in luxury models equipped exclusively with two-doors, has struggled mightily in 2009 to sell at a pace anywhere near the rate of sale in 2008. For the most part the less expensive cars sell better. And rather unsurprisingly, the Germans dominate their Swedish, American, and Japanese competition. Unlike the Numbers posted for the manufacturers’ sales totals or the small luxury sedans and hatchbacks or the larger luxury cars, a wildcard has been thrown in to the mix just to upset the boat a l’il bit.
AFTER 3/4ths OF 2009
Semi-affordable Luxury Coupe Sales Totals
Audi TT: 1,493 BMW Z4: 2,306 Chevrolet Corvette: 10,795 Mercedes-Benz SLK: 2,203 Porsche Boxster/Cayman: 3,025 Volvo C70: 4,411
Very Expensive Luxury Coupe Sales Totals
Audi A5: 6,237 Audi R8: 546 BMW 6-Series: 3,055 Cadillac XLR: 640 Lexus SC: 595 Mercedes-Benz SL: 3,107 Porsche 911: 5,361