SPORTS CARS FIGHT BACK

Top end of town bounces back in a slow market

- LC

APRIL’S VFACTS figures reveal expensive sports car sales are creeping back to 2018 levels, despite being heavily shaken by economic uncertainty at the start of the year.

After three slow months, sports cars are bouncing back, with cars over $80K down on last year’s monthly result by a much smaller amount.

Year-to-date sports car sales between $80K-$200K were down 3.8% compared to last year, while sales over $200K were down 9.9%, significantly smaller numbers than January’s respective declines of 25.3% and 38.2%.

For sports cars over $200K, a much healthier April helped drive the adjustment, with 155 sales trumping the 137 in April last year. Fresh 911s are contributing, along with BMW’s new 8 Series, but it’s promising for a segment you’d expect to be hit hardest by economic uncertainty.

To get an idea of the growth, in January Lamborghini was down 80%, McLaren -40%, and Aston Martin -69% for YTD figures.

Those brands have recovered with Lamborghini now ‘up to’ -46%, Aston Martin -16%, and McLaren breaking even on its April YTD sales. Ferrari, too, only trails last year’s sales by 4.9 per cent. And the latter three brands don’t have an SUV in sight… yet.

Sports car sales between $80K-$200K for April beat last year’s month, with 432 playing 427, and you can thank the arrival of the Alpine A110, new BMW Z4, Lotus Exige 410 Sport and Mercedes-AMG’s updated C43 and C63.

But it wasn’t great news for sports car sales under $80K, the segment fell by 31 per cent compared to last year’s YTD sales. Overall, the total market is down 8.1 per cent with 344,088 sales made so far this year.

- LC

Q3 2019

Alpina XD3

Audi SQ2

Audi TT facelift

BMW X3/X4 M

BMW M340i

Honda NSX facelift

Two seconds quicker at Suzuka.

Genesis G70

Lamborghini Aventador SVJ

Lexus RC F Track Edition

Mercedes-AMG A35

Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door

Porsche Panamera GTS

Range Rover Evoque

Q4 2019

Audi A1

Audi E-Tron

Audi Q6

Audi RS Q8

Audi R8 facelift

Audi S6

BMW M2 CS

Bentley Conti GT Convertible

Ford Fiesta ST

Maserati Levante GTS

Mazda MX-5 30th Anniversary

Mercedes-AMG A45

Hot hatch nabs a Drift Mode.

McLaren Senna GTR

Mercedes-AMG CLA35

Mercedes-AMG GT facelift

Nissan GT-R 50th Anniversary

Nissan GT-R Nismo

Even more GT3-spec bits.

Porsche 718 Boxster Spyder

Porsche 718 Cayman GT4

Porsche 911 Carrera (992)

Porsche 911 Speedster (991.2)

Rolls-Royce Cullinan

Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR

Tesla Model 3

Toyota Supra

2020

Alpina B7

Aston Martin Valkyrie

Audi RS Q3

BMW M8

BMW 2 Series

Ferrari Purosangue

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Ford Focus ST

Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

McLaren BP23

Mini Cooper JCW GP

Porsche Taycan

Porsche 718 Boxster/Cayman T

Porsche 911 Turbo (992)

Subaru BRZ/Toyota 86

Subaru WRX