A Real Lightweight - 2002 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Long-Term Road Test

2002 Chevrolet Corvette Long Term Road Test

2002 Chevrolet Corvette Z06: A Real Lightweight

February 24, 2010


Seeing this dew pattern on the Corvette's trunk lid last night reminded me of this car's lightweight construction. And I'm not just talking about the fiberglass body, but the overall emphasis on keeping the weight down to a minimum.

This goes for all Corvettes of this vintage, but the Z06 took just a bit further by ditching the standard model's run flat tires, going to slightly lighter wheels, thinner front and rear glass and finally a trick titanium exhaust system.

All in all, it only amounted to a savings of about 50 pounds compared to a standard coupe, but the Corvette is already a fairly light car to begin with. That feathery feel is what makes the Corvette feel so distinctive on the road. After driving big heavy sedans all week, it's quite the noticeable difference.

We haven't had our particular car on a set of scales yet, but it should be around 3,118 pounds according to Chevrolet. The official weigh in should occur fairly soon, just have to get rid of that pesky pinging and it'll ready for testing.

Ed Hellwig, Senior Corvette Z06 Buyer, Inside Line

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