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Old 02-17-2017, 12:20 PM   #1
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I have found a new 2016 Z51/3LT and a base 3LT that are both fully optioned (Npp,Mag Suspension, PDR, suede seat inserts package). I do not plan to track it so I probably don't need the Z51 track upgrades over the base. The Z51 is about $1200 higher and both are now discounted ~20% from the MSRP.

Any reason to take one model over the other? Any thoughts or comments welcome. The C7 will replace a 2013 C6 GS
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Get the Z51 or you might wish you had. The better handling by itself makes it worthwhile.


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If price is not an issue, get the Z51.

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Get the Z51 or you might wish you had. The better handling by itself makes it worthwhile.



Yep.I don't track my cars,but the '51 handles the way I prefer.

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Old 02-17-2017, 01:06 PM   #5
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I was faced with the same decision recently, and I went with the Base 3LT, fully optioned. Like you, I don't plan on tracking the car, so I didn't need (and did not want) the Z51 suspension system. Also did not want the dry sump oil system. Glad I made the decision I did -- I don't regret not having something I don't need.
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Looks like I am in the minority but I think if you are not going to track it, the base is a better bet. The smaller wheels allow larger sidewall tires, and will ride better because of it. I also think the base looks better than the z51, especially the rear spoiler. It continues the lines from the back hoop.

All this from a z51 owner
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Looks like I am in the minority but I think if you are not going to track it, the base is a better bet. The smaller wheels allow larger sidewall tires, and will ride better because of it. I also think the base looks better than the z51, especially the rear spoiler. It continues the lines from the back hoop.

All this from a z51 owner
I agree with everything you said and would add there is basically no brake dust from the base model unlike the Z51.
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Get base. Easier oil changes and lighter.
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Looks like I am in the minority but I think if you are not going to track it, the base is a better bet. The smaller wheels allow larger sidewall tires, and will ride better because of it. I also think the base looks better than the z51, especially the rear spoiler. It continues the lines from the back hoop.

All this from a z51 owner
100% Agreed from the proud, happy, and un-regretful owner of a '15 3LT. I also echo the other comment about no brake dust. While I see many, many complaints here with regard to brake dust, I've had zero issues with brake dust on my Chrome wheels... much less than a few of my other vehicles that are not really performance cars... Oh and you have an extra $1,200 to "feed your beast" with fuel for more fun!
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You should be able to get a 22% to 25% discount off of MSRP on a leftover 2016.....but get the Z51....it is supposed to be a performance car......
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You should be able to get a 22% to 25% discount off of MSRP on a leftover 2016.....but get the Z51....it is supposed to be a performance car......
Isn't it "supposed to be" the car that the person purchasing it wants it to be... whether it's for performance, styling, or a little bit of both?
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Very happy with my base model 2lt. I daily drive my car and really wouldn't want the stiffer suspension of the z51... I would have liked the larger wheels however as they really do look much nicer and fill the wheel well more.
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I vote Z51, and I'm not a Z51 owner.

It's better to have than want, rather than want and not have... That's deep.
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Looks like I am in the minority but I think if you are not going to track it, the base is a better bet. The smaller wheels allow larger sidewall tires, and will ride better because of it. I also think the base looks better than the z51, especially the rear spoiler. It continues the lines from the back hoop.

All this from a z51 owner

I forgot to mention both the 3lt and z51 have the same redline black 19/20" wheels which comes with the upgrade suede inserts/steering wheel/carbon fiber package

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You should be able to get a 22% to 25% discount off of MSRP on a leftover 2016.....but get the Z51....it is supposed to be a performance car......
I am not finding any discounts that high right now, there were some at years end but on what i want ~20 is all I'm finding right now

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My last vette was a base 2LT no NPP, Mag suspension, etc. I now have the Z-51 with mag suspension and wouldn't have it any other way in the future. But to me the mag suspension is what I enjoy the most. I don't track my vert but I like the add-ons in the Z-51 package. I think (maybe erroneously) that the dry sump with it's nearly 10 qts of oil might result in better engine life. I don't like the 3LT package because I think the color strap over the dash and some of the other accents are gaudy but maybe that is because i have a Kalahari interior
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I'd do the Z51. For the small price differential you get nicer wheels, NPP etc.
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I am not finding any discounts that high right now, there were some at years end but on what i want ~20 is all I'm finding right now
It's not what they are asking for 2016s...its what they might be are willing to accept......I see some dealers asking more for a 2016 Z51 than you can buy a 2017 Grand Sport for from Kerbeck.....

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Old 02-17-2017, 06:23 PM   #18
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Does the base 3LT hav NPP installed as an option? If not you gotta get the Z51.

Edit nevermind see it does.

If you have the money I say get the Z51, with the magnetic ride it is not too stiff.

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If it is a A8 the Z51 will be faster do to the performance gear ratios but then again I own a 2014 3Lt Z51! Get the Z51 you will get the $1200 back when you sell it.You also get the rear spoiler and all the performance stuff included in the Z51 and I don't track mine either! Don't forget you also get the cool looking slotted rotors with the Z51!






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Get the Z51 or you might wish you had. The better handling by itself makes it worthwhile.

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