Yes I would expect a discount Especially if it is a 6AT with the 2015 automatic transmission having 8 speeds. One of our sponsoring dealers has discounted cars on its web site, with the offered discounts displayed.
I personally will not pay more than what near supplier pricing would be simply because I know I can get one ordered (and do) for that from out of the state. Of course a local find on the lot has the convenience factor of it being right there and not having to wait, not dealing with delivery from out of state, etc... For me... On a '14 still on a lot... I would not pay more than $400 over invoice. And that would be if it had exactly what I wanted on it.
I personally would not even pay supplier or invoice for a 2014 at this point. Consider the depreciation aspect. Also, consider it might not be configured the way you want. For me, a dealer would have to either sell it to someone else, or dig into his holdback and make essentially nothing on that particular car to sell it to me.
I wouldn't touch it either. They will never discount it enough to be worth the difference in the value. Also if it were a 15 vs 16 its probably not as big of a deal but the 14 was the first model year and they always fix a few things that we don't know about. Lastly I would definitely not do it if you wanted an automatic.
Its funny rdowty, the split rear window on the 1963 Sting Ray coupe disappeared the following year and never came back. The reason? Once the cars were on the road, the owners complained that their rear view mirrors were useless as the solid piece between the split windows blocked the rear view. So this problem was corrected with a single continuous rear window. And which C2 is considered the most collectible today? Why, its that design defect split window 63 Coupe.
But I don't see anything on the 2014 that is disappearing that will make the 14 a sought after collectors item.
RJ; Here is something to consider, but this advice is really dependent on your desires / needs. You need to think about the fact that winter is coming on. Will you use your new corvette year round? Will it be a daily driver? If your answer is yes to either question then you can just as you say, "continue to pursue a 2015". If on the other hand you will not be using your car much this winter, maybe waiting out on that dealer for a better deal will work out for you. If that does not work out to your satisfaction then order a 2015. If your not going to drive the 2015 during the winter that gives you more time to strike a bargain on the 2014 and wait out winter by ordering the 2015 so that is delivered next spring. Again, I don't know your circumstances, so maybe what I have suggested will not work for you. Just food for thought.
the '15's are a fairly recent addition to the C7 market.
you won't start seeing anything approaching deep discounts on a large scale until that MY 2014 inventory that remains in Nov/Dec gets close to becoming two model years old.
the savvy dealers who sell at or below MSRP will be the ones to watch for discounts - they'll be the trendsetters.
For fun, I looked at a 2014 Arctic White 3LT Z51 coupe with chrome wheels, magnetic ride, automatic 6-speed, and black interior at Midway in north Phoenix...they were firm at $71K (which is below MSRP) but will deal more on the convertibles they have on hand. They over ordered and are having trouble moving what they have.