I'm planning a purchase in late 2014 and have been online the last few days configuring the car in various ways. I plan for the car to be my daily driver and it will never be tracked or anything like that. I'm not rich by any means, and this is my first Corvette purchase. I want to order what I want and have the wife's permission to do so, but I don't want to spend money unnecessarily either. When I first configured I was using the 1LTZ51 and had pretty much decided that was the way to go, but once I started looking at the 2LT options, decided I really wanted the HUD, heated seats and better color interior options. I guess my question would be, am I screwing the pooch and short changing myself if I don't get the Z51 package? Is the ride in the C7 more comfortable without the Z51 package? If I was to get the Z51 package would I need to get the Magnetic Ride System to make the ride comparable to a C7 without Z51 (assuming it is better without it)? Also I would really like a performance exhaust, but how loud is it at idle, accelerating, cruising at highway speeds, etc.? Does it drone at highway speeds? I like a fairly loud exhaust and love the rumble, but my wife is hearing impaired and wears hearing aids. They amplify sound quite a bit and she will not be happy if she can't ride in the car because it is too loud. Does the performance exhaust sound fairly normal when just driving normally vs. "getting on it"? Thanks for the info, I want to get this right the first time, because I plan on this being the last car I buy for myself. (getting ready for retirement) I'm assuming that the Z51 package is more for the guy who wants to autocross the car. I'm not losing anything performance wise for a daily driver?