The year 2011 was quite an impressive year for Chevrolet: one out of every three sports cars in the United States was either a Camaro or a Corvette. The company sold 88,249 Camaro units - or about 18,000 units more than its nearest competitor, the Ford Mustang - and a total of 13,164 Corvette units - more than double compared to the Porsche 911.

To prove that these numbers are relative to the fantastic cars they create, Chevrolet took the Camaro and the Corvette to the "Grand Course" at Virginia International Raceway. The 2012 Corvette ZR1 lapped the Grand Course in 2:45.6 – faster than the published lap time for any production car. The Camaro ZL1 scored a time of 2:52.4 – more than six seconds faster than the published lap time of a 2011 Ford Shelby GT500.

"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. "Unlike many competitors’ performance cars, the Corvette ZR1 and Camaro ZL1 are appropriate for both daily drivers and track use from the factory – with standard coolers for brakes and drivetrain."

"And we challenge any company to bring two cars to compete with the Corvette ZR1 and Camaro ZL1, dollar for dollar," Reuss said.

Hit the jump for more stats, as well as videos of the sports cars’ laps in Virginia.

Top 5 Sports Cars by 2011 Total Sales and Market Share

Chevrolet Camaro 88,249 37%
Ford Mustang 70,438 29%
Dodge Challenger 39,534 16%
Honda CR-Z 11,330 5%
Hyundai Veloster 9,284 4%

Top 5 Luxury Sports Cars by 2011 Total Sales and Market Share

Chevrolet Corvette 13,164 28%
Porsche 911 6,016 13%
BMW 6-Series 3,903 8%
BMW Z4 3,479 7%
Mercedes SLK 3,220 7%

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 at Virginia International Raceway

Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 at Virginia International Raceway

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  (517) posted on 03.5.2012

That’s a lot of sales and that’s a lot of difference among its competitors. Good job, Chevrolet, and keep on creating more wonderful innovations.

  (378) posted on 03.1.2012

The market share for 2011 is in favor of Chevrolet. Being top notched on 2011 sales in the United States alone.

  (473) posted on 02.29.2012

Victory is now on Chevrolet, especially at the moment that they have topped the sales on the luxurious sport car and the sports car divisions. 

  (383) posted on 02.29.2012

Wow, that is an impressive number of sales. I am not surprised though, Chevrolet has always been famous and brilliant. It’s truly worthy.

NMGOM  (14) posted on 02.28.2012

Yes, Camaro is coming along nicely, if it weren’t for the 650 HP Ford GT 500 capable of 200 mph, now a huge competitor and track monster.

Corvette has been lagging at substantial upgrades in engine placement (such as mid rear); suspension design (such as getting rid of rear torsion bar); weight balance (such as less than 50% front); and interior cabin quality (such as improving those terrible seats).

If you want to look at the real "face" of a modern American sports car, take a gander at the new upcoming SRT Viper, with a Nurburging (Nordschleife) track time of 7:12 min, blowing BOTH Corvette ZR1 and Porsche 911 GT2 RS out of the water:

And I am not even including the top end American stuff like Jarod Shelby’s SSC "Tuatara", capable of 275 MPH, enough to dethrone even the mighty Bugatti Veyron Super Sport.

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NMGOM  (594) posted on 02.28.2012

Do we have to know what are the basis of this graph and statistical data since from the start, we all knew that Chevrolet is the face of the modern-day American cars? NMGOM, it was also considered as the sports car due to its performance on the road and the numbers it can give while on the move.

NMGOM  (14) posted on 02.27.2012

Not so fast on Corvette allegedly outselling Porsche in the good ol’ USA. In fact, Porsche outsold Corvette in BOTH 2010 AND 2011, if ALL Porsche sports cars are considered, not just the 911. Porsche sports cars are the Boxster, Boxster S, the Cayman and Cayman S, and the 911 Carrara and Carrara S, the the GT3 RS, not even including the GT2 track versions.
The Camaro doesn’t count as a sports car: it is classified as a muscle car.

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