2002 Chevrolet Corvette Long Term Road Test


2002 Chevrolet Corvette Z06: Exhaust Video For Your Ears

December 27, 2010

vette_ehaust2.jpg My favorite thing about our 2002 Chevrolet Corvette -- besides how silly fast it is -- is how great it sounds. It's just mean and bad and brings a big dollop MMA beat-down to your ears. Sure, you could put an aftermarket exhaust on it and make it even louder (if that's your thing), but for a stock C5 Corvette it doesn't get any better.

To give a taste of how our Z06 sounds, I McGyver'd a mount for my point-and-shoot camera to make an in-car video. I also drove my 2008 Corvette afterwards so you can listen to the difference between the two cars.

Some setup: It's not the greatest quality and it frequently looks like I'm driving through Bespin's Cloud City, but the point is the sound; wear good headphones and turn it up. For both cars, there are two cuts of freeway entrance ramps: one straight ramp and one curved ramp. Also, for a primer, my car is a base C6 with the Z51 sport package and optional dual-mode exhaust. If you listen carefully, you can pick out the points where the exhaust switches to "louder." As for "Dead or Alive" at the beginning, well, it just happened to be playing on the radio. Seemed fitting.

On the video, the two Corvettes sound more similar than I would have thought. In the real world, the Z06 is more raucous, the C6 more mellow-sounding. Both, of course, still sound great.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 55,297 miles

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