In 2021, 4% more exotic cars were delivered to customers in in Europe, beating the overall market which is down 2%. The large sports car segment trails the overall market with a 5% decline, while the compact sports car segment also continues to lose share with a 13% drop in deliveries.Among exotic cars, Ferrari continues where it left off in 2020, with three of the top-4 nameplates. The Italian brand has even reclaimed the top spot with the F8 tripling its sales in its first full year of deliveries for a 30% share of the class. That leaves last year’s leader Bentley Continental in second place with sales down 17%. The Ferrari F12 Superfast is down 16% and holds on to third place, just ahead of the SF90 Stradale. The Lamborghini Huracan is up 15% on 2020 and moves ahead of the Aston Martin DB11, down 39%. A 57% jump in deliveries allows the McLaren 700 Series to leapfrog the Lamborghini Aventador and Aston Martin DBS Superleggera which both lose by double digits. The Ferrari Monza is up 43%, the McLaren GT is up 36% and outsells the McLaren 500/600 Series which is down by almost two thirds.

2021 – Exotic car sales Europe

Exotic car segment 2021 2020 Change 2021 share 2020 share 2021-Q4 2020-Q4 Change
1 Ferrari F8 2.265 747 203% 30,0% 10,3% 284 223 27%
2 Bentley Continental GT / GTC 1.207 1.462 -17% 16,0% 20,2% 312 320 -3%
3 Ferrari 812 Superfast 822 975 -16% 10,9% 13,5% 129 177 -27%
4 Ferrari SF90 Stradale 643 34 1791% 8,5% 0,5% 119 34 250%
5 Lamborghini Huracan 585 507 15% 7,7% 7,0% 110 126 -13%
6 Aston Martin DB11 334 545 -39% 4,4% 7,5% 68 109 -38%
7 McLaren 700 Series 317 202 57% 4,2% 2,8% 51 28 82%
8 Lamborghini Aventador 292 357 -18% 3,9% 4,9% 40 66 -39%
9 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera 286 366 -22% 3,8% 5,1% 62 58 7%
10 Ferrari Monza 206 144 43% 2,7% 2,0% 58 48 21%
11 Ferrari 488 GTB 152 1.207 -87% 2,0% 16,7% 10 233 -96%
12 McLaren GT 137 101 36% 1,8% 1,4% 25 6 317%
13 McLaren 500/600 Series 101 295 -66% 1,3% 4,1% 9 38 -76%
14 Rolls Royce Wraith 59 71 -17% 0,8% 1,0% 6 15 -60%
15 Rolls Royce Dawn 58 86 -33% 0,8% 1,2% 6 9 -33%
16 Ford GT 47 0,6% 3
17 Ferrari GTC4Lusso 42 142 -70% 0,6% 2,0% 6 20 -70%
Segment total 7.553 7.243 4% 1.298 1.510 -14%

Large Sports car segment

The large sports car segment only barely trails the overall market in 2021 with sales down 5%. The Porsche 911 is up 2% and improves its share of the class to 65.3%, up from 60.4% in 2020. It sells over six times as much as its nearest rival Jaguar F-Type, which is down 13% despite a facelift. That puts the F-Type ahead of the Mercedes-AMG GT, down 38% into third place. The roadster version of the GT will be renamed Mercedes-Benz SL as the next generation of the long-standing nameplate will arrive in 2022. The outgoing Mercedes-Benz SL is down 83% into 12th place. In fourth place we find the newcomer Ferrari Roma, ahead of the Audi R8, down 11%. The Aston Martin V8/V12 Vantage is up 80% and closing in on the R8. With a 42% improvement thanks to the addition of the roadster version, the Lexus LC moves into 7th place ahead of the Ferrari Portofino which suffers from internal rivalry from the Roma. The new generation Corvette is up to 9th pace, ahead of the Nissan GT-R, while the all-new Maserati MC-20 lands at #11.

2021 – large sports car sales EuropeCompact Sports car segment

Large sports car segment 2021 2020 Change 2021 share 2020 share 2021-Q4 2020-Q4 Change
1 Porsche 911 15.705 15.340 2% 65,3% 60,4% 3.752 3.695 2%
2 Jaguar F-type 2.363 2.713 -13% 9,8% 10,7% 307 739 -58%
3 Mercedes-AMG GT 2.266 3.640 -38% 9,4% 14,3% 448 644 -30%
4 Ferrari Roma 1.057 44 2302% 4,4% 0,2% 241 21 1048%
5 Audi R8 666 747 -11% 2,8% 2,9% 135 264 -49%
6 Aston Martin V8/V12 Vantage 632 352 80% 2,6% 1,4% 125 99 26%
7 Lexus LC 369 260 42% 1,5% 1,0% 32 86 -63%
8 Ferrari Portofino 271 932 -71% 1,1% 3,7% 84 136 -38%
9 Corvette 265 5 5200% 1,1% 0,0% 180 1 17900%
10 Nissan GT-R 196 260 -25% 0,8% 1,0% 13 28 -54%
11 Maserati MC20 115 0 New 0,5% 0,0% 86 0 New
12 Mercedes-Benz SL 84 505 -83% 0,3% 2,0% 25 50 -50%
13 BMW i8 46 592 -92% 0,2% 2,3% 2 73 -97%
14 Honda NSX 3 8 -63% 0,0% 0,0% 2 2 0%
Segment total 24.038 25.398 -5% 5.432 5.838 -7%

In contrast with the relatively healthy large sports car segment and the exotic car segment, the small sports car segment continues to lose share of the market with 13% fewer deliveries than in 2020, not recovering from a 42% drop last year. The loss of the Mercedes-Benz SLC as well as poor performances by the Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger are to blame for this decline. The BMW Z4 holds on to its top spot and outperforms the segment with sales down 9%, while the 2019 leader Mazda MX-5 strongly recovers from a poor performance in 2020 with sales up 42%, as it moves back up into second place. The Porsche 718 loses 0.3 percentage points of share with sales down 15% and closes in on a podium place and even outsold the Audi TT in the first half of the year. Big losers in the class are the Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger, both down 48% while their rival Chevrolet Camaro almost doubles its sales. Still, the Camaro is the slowest seller of the American muscle cars. After a poor 2020 performance, the Alpine A110 recovers strongly with sales up 81%, even though it’s still well below its peak year. The Toyota Supra has its best year so far in Europe with nearly 1,000 deliveries. The Lotus Elise and Exige are up by single digits in their final full year of sales. Just before new generations arrive, the outgoing Subaru BRZ and Toyota GT86 are struggling.

2021 – small sports car sales Europe

Compact sports car segment 2021 2020 Change 2021 share 2020 share 2021-Q4 2020-Q4 Change
1 BMW Z4 7.571 8.314 -9% 21,9% 20,8% 884 1.371 -36%
2 Mazda MX-5 6.861 4.815 42% 19,8% 12,1% 699 1.010 -31%
3 Audi TT 5.812 7.525 -23% 16,8% 18,9% 1.228 1.584 -22%
4 Porsche 718 Boxster/Cayman 5.667 6.663 -15% 16,4% 16,7% 1.172 1.563 -25%
5 Ford Mustang 3.865 7.495 -48% 11,2% 18,8% 1.012 1.877 -46%
6 Alpine A110 2.427 1.343 81% 7,0% 3,4% 905 469 93%
7 Toyota Supra 966 947 2% 2,8% 2,4% 119 219 -46%
8 Dodge Challenger 387 744 -48% 1,6% 2,9% 83 197 -58%
9 Lotus Elise 321 303 6% 0,9% 0,8% 63 99 -36%
10 Lotus Exige 273 250 9% 0,8% 0,6% 75 101 -26%
11 Chevrolet Camaro 241 121 99% 0,7% 0,3% 40 31 29%
12 Subaru BRZ 160 323 -50% 0,5% 0,8% 24 72 -67%
13 Lotus Evora 40 44 -9% 0,1% 0,1% 6 13 -54%
14 Toyota GT86 27 671 -96% 0,1% 1,7% 1 61 -98%
15 Nissan 370Z 18 324 -94% 0,1% 0,8% 0 54 -100%
Segment total 34.636 39.882 -13% 6.311 8.721 -28%

Car sales statistics are from the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland.

Sources: Manufacturers, ANDC, JATO Dynamics.