The C8 Corvette has been with us for over a year and a half now, but it doesn’t appear that hype is going to die down anytime soon. Examples of the first mid-engined take on America’s Sports Car can still regularly be seen carrying dealer markups, as prospective buyers grapple with a seemingly never-ending waitlist. This likely has to do with the fact that General Motors only managed to build 20,368 examples of the C8 in 2020, due to a litany of issues including but not limited to the pandemic. Production capacity aside, the C8 Corvette appears to be enjoying some serious sales success, as it was officially the fastest selling new car in the USA through the month of January 2021.
This news comes by way of a study published by iSeeCars.com, who analyzed over 1.9 million new and used car sales that took place in January. The study found that the average new car will sit on a dealer lot for 46.2 days before it is sold, a figure that the C8 Corvette absolutely laughs at. That is because the study found that the average C8 only sits for 10 days before it’s taken home by a buyer. If that figure isn’t impressive enough for you, remember that this study took place in January.
Perhaps even more interesting than the speed at which C8 Corvettes are flying off dealer lots is the amount of money folks are spending on them. According to the report, the average C8 Corvette sold last month carried a sticker price of $84,689. That is quite a ways off from the sub-$60,000 MSRP that General Motors advertises. That said, it isn’t very hard to option one of these cars up to suit your liking, as the C8 is the most customizable Corvette yet from the factory.
The second fastest selling car in the USA also wasn’t an SUV or a pickup as one might expect. Instead, that honor goes to the Lexus IS350, which took an average of just 10.9 days to sell. Sedans and coupes may not be as popular as they once were, but it appears that the folks who want them are quick to bust out their pocketbooks. Only one other American car managed to crack the top 20 list, which was the Ford Bronco Sport. The new off-roader took an average of 21.7 days to move off the lot, with an average sales price of just $31,743 – almost $6,000 clear of its base MSRP.
The C8 Corvette is still as popular today as it was when it made its debut back in July of 2019, which isn’t all that surprising. It offers a tremendous amount of performance for a price that isn’t out of this world, like every Corvette model before it. As production ramps up and as high-performance models like the Z06 roll out, it will be interesting to see if the Corvette sales can stay at this pace.