2002 Chevrolet Corvette Z06: Beastly in Traffic?
April 08, 2011
The other day I left the office at a near-peak traffic hour, and as I trundled my way onto the congested highway I was kicking myself for making two grave mistakes: The first was my poorly-planned time to head home. The second was my car choice for the night, our 2002 Corvette Z06.
Probably not the best vehicle with which to be putt-putting between 0-20 mph, right?
You'd think a car with 405 horsepower and gobs of torque would require a pretty manly clutch. While the Z06's does require more force than your average third pedal these days, it's really not a big deal, and by the time I got home my left foot was only slightly tired after lots and lots (and lots) of clutch pedal pushing. Yes, I have a long commute.
Also helping the slow-driving situation is that the clutch has an intuitive engagement point, and the throttle delivery is spot-on. It's so simple that you hardly need any revs at all to get moving. The balky six-speed shifter is the one real sore point, making you not want to shift to second if it's possible to carry first for a ways; especially if you're just going to slow right back down again.
Not once did the Skip-Shift feature try to send me from first to fourth.
Long story short: Even though the Z06 seems like it would be a beast during rush hour, it's actually perfectly at ease. Plus, it's great fun to stand on the right pedal and let the big V8 rip when there's any kind of opening in traffic.
Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 58,458 miles.