cj1 I was thinking the same thing. If anyone was going to pay extra for one of these it would be the first buyers right out of the gate.
However, there are two alternatives. One, the first year or two of cars may be considered beta testers to see what breaks and needs revising. Or perhaps they couldn’t quite get the car to where they wanted but didn’t want to wait any longer before release and plan to introduce updates over the next few model years with corresponding price increases.
The other alternative is that they think the z06, zr1, etc will be so great that they can make up the losses on the base cars by charging more for the faster versions.
Not sure which alternative I prefer. Probably the first one because the z06 is what I would be interested in and the cheaper the better.