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Hi guys,
Waiting for my lease to end in Aug on the Infiniti G37 vert and thinking strongly about the Stingray. Had a few questions for you.
How are the leather seat quality on the LT1? Is the Napa leather that much better on the 3? Is the overall cost for the LT2 or 3 worth it? I have only seen the LT 3 in person so far.
Any thoughts if leases will be available around this summer for the 14's or 15's? If so anyone have a guess on the residual..59% or so?
Since the convertibles are just hitting the lots now is it safe to assume the 2015 verts will show up January 2015 as well or is the second production year a quicker release for the verts?
 

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I can answer the question on the 1 versus the 3. The seat quality is the same. With 2 you get more accessories including more leather appointments on the armrests. Upgrading too the 3 you get matching leather on the dash and the Nav system. Cost wise I think the best choice $ wise is the 2 with a Nav upgrade. The 3 is nice but you have to like the matching seat color on the dash and also spend big $ for the option. Others will answer your other questions.


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Thanks Blue. Glen, I have spent time on the site, it shows LT3 has "upgraded" napa leather, whatever that means. Curious if you could see and feel a difference in quality in person. The other features I understood about the wrap around color from the seats, NAV with the 3, ect.
 

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Thanks for the link elegant. 67% would be an amazing residual but I'm not counting on it. Anything 60% or up would be fine with me. Glad to know if I buy instead of lease resale values look promising.
 

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I like the 3LT, and, for me, I have decided it is worth it.
 

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Napa leather is a softer leather. It does pass however, the identical "wear abrasion tests" as does the 2LT leather.

It is worth it the significant extra cost? Many say, "no!" Many say, "yes!" As posted above, you do get increasing "color coverage" in the 3LT package (the color, except black of course), with the interior color moving onto door panels above the arm rests, and onto the dash -- with further differentiation that the dash is mostly covered in Kalahairi and Brownstone. Again, "is that worth the extra cost" is a personal opinion.

One refrain I have seen many, many times, is that if you are getting black, it is hard to visualize the differences between a 2LT and a 3LT interior unless you are that car's owner.

Personally, I can feel the softer/butter leather in the 3 LT Napa interior, and I will spend for it, but am not recommending others do that without going into dealerships that have both, and everyone about to make that choice, do their own "fondling/examining" the difference between 2LT and 3LT interiors for themselves.
 

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I will start by saying I am frugal by nature, part of why I can see buying a Corvette, but can't see buying a Ferrari. I have sat in both, and I do think you can tell a difference with the Napa, but for me... seeing the way 1000 entry/exits wore on the seats at NAIAS leaving colored stains on them (others say this is not a valid arguement because it is "harder" than what we use them), I could not see spending the extra money, especially since I am doing black as elegant said above (in a velocity yellow car). The 2lt just seems like a better choice. I also don't want dealer installed NAV that I have to keep paying them to upgrade. My smart phone has maps and will always get upgraded as the maps upgrade. Then there is the competition or standard seat argument.... I agree with elegant on that one. I don't need a harder seat.
 

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I will start by saying I am frugal by nature, part of why I can see buying a Corvette, but can't see buying a Ferrari. I have sat in both, and I do think you can tell a difference with the Napa, but for me... seeing the way 1000 entry/exits wore on the seats at NAIAS leaving colored stains on them (others say this is not a valid arguement because it is "harder" than what we use them), I could not see spending the extra money, especially since I am doing black as elegant said above (in a velocity yellow car). The 2lt just seems like a better choice. I also don't want dealer installed NAV that I have to keep paying them to upgrade. My smart phone has maps and will always get upgraded as the maps upgrade. Then there is the competition or standard seat argument.... I agree with elegant on that one. I don't need a harder seat.
I don't think NAV is dealer installed. My understanding is its built with NAV and "currently" dealers can't install after the fact.
 

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Poco go, why the LT2 instead of the LT1? What did you like that made it worth the upgrade?
MDBadger - it's 1LT, 2LT and 3LT just FYI.....LT1 is the motor nomenclature! ;-)
 
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I don't think NAV is dealer installed. My understanding is its built with NAV and "currently" dealers can't install after the fact.
I think he meant factory installed because you are correct, there is no dealer installed nav option with GM on any mylink system.


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I mis-spoke about dealer installed nav, I meant factory installed. Oops. Lt1 vs lt2 is a major difference in features, a big one being heads up display. No heads up on the LT1. You should check out all the differences on an order guide. Here is a link to one:

http://www.kerbeck1.com/2014_Corvette_Order_Guide.pdf


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To summarize:

2LT Adds $4210 (over 1LT)
  • Bose 10 speaker (sub)
  • XM + HD Radio
  • Cargo Net / Shades
  • HUD
  • Memory Package
  • Auto dimming mirror
  • Heated and Ventilated seats
  • Power bolster and lumbar
  • Upgraded Alarm system
  • Universal home remote
  • Heated/auto dimming side mirrors


3LT Adds $8005 (over 1LT)
  • Navigation
  • Napa leather upgrade (GT Seats only)
  • Additional color matched leather on dash and doors

Personally, I think the 2LT is worth every penny, 3LT, not so much........
 

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To summarize:

2LT Adds $4210 (over 1LT)
  • Bose 10 speaker (sub)
  • XM + HD Radio
  • Cargo Net / Shades
  • HUD
  • Memory Package
  • Auto dimming mirror
  • Heated and Ventilated seats
  • Power bolster and lumbar
  • Upgraded Alarm system
  • Universal home remote
  • Heated/auto dimming side mirrors


3LT Adds $8005 (over 1LT)
  • Navigation
  • Napa leather upgrade (GT Seats only)
  • Additional color matched leather on dash and doors

Personally, I think the 2LT is worth every penny, 3LT, not so much........
Wow, when you put it like that, it makes you wonder - are we missing something?

I stepped mine (on order) up to 2LT w/o hesitation because half the options were must-haves for me. I didn't even look at the 3LT because I couldn't dig any deeper in my pocket w/o risking putting my very understanding and supportive wife over the edge.

I'd be very curious as to the perspective of some 3LT buyers as to the thought process/rationale... Are we missing something?


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Directly from the Chevy website, we aren't missing anything. 3LT is Nav and more / better leather, nothing else.

2014 Corvette Stingray Coupe 1LT

The 1LT is the Stingray for Corvette purists who want the lightest car available and includes these unexpected features:

  • Three seat color options
  • Two 8-inch HD color displays
  • 8-way power seats with leather surfaces
  • Power tilt and telescoping steering column
  • Keyless Access with Push-Button Start
  • 7-speed manual transmission with Active Rev Matching and launch control
  • Rear vision camera
  • Body-color carbon-fiber removable roof panel
  • Carbon-fiber hood
  • Aluminum frame structure
  • Driver Mode Selector
  • 9-speaker Bose® audio system with 3-month trial subscription to SiriusXM Satellite Radio†

MSRP from $51,000*

2014 Corvette Stingray Coupe 2LT

The 2LT trim level is popularly equipped with comfort and convenience features and includes color-keyed console and door armrests. The Stingray 2LT includes everything above plus:

  • Console and door panels in interior color
  • Lumbar/wing adjust
  • Heated/vented seats
  • Seat emblems
  • Bose® premium audio
  • Universal Home Remote
  • Auto-dimming mirrors
  • Memory Package
  • Color Head-Up Display
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio† with one-year subscription
  • Enhanced Theft-Deterrent Package
  • Luggage shade/cargo net

MSRP from $55,210*

2014 Corvette Stingray Coupe 3LT

The 3LT trim level provides the ultimate sport experience and luxury, featuring a leather-wrapped color-keyed interior. The Stingray 3LT includes everything above plus:

  • Custom Leather-wrapped interior
  • Nappa leather seating surfaces
  • Navigation (optional on 1LT/2LT)
  • Instrument panel in interior color

MSRP from $59,005*
 

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The way Mark has broken this out is crystal clear and very helpful. I do realize that many people choose the 2LT, and most will agree it is the sweet spot. On the other hand, I have decided to elect the 3LT. The way I look at it, going from the 2LT to the 3LT adds $3,795 to the 2LT price of $55,210. That is an increase of 6.87%, which is less than sales tax (9% in the town in CA where I live).

So, will the additional goodies in the 3LT make more than a 6-7% increase in my happiness with the car? I don't know, but I think so. So, I am going to go for it. Hopefully it will be a good decision for me.
 
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