2002 Chevrolet Corvette Long Term Road Test


2002 Chevrolet Corvette Z06: How I Roll

April 04, 2011

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So that's the way the IP of our 2002 Z06 looks when I'm behind the wheel. Because of the configurable digital display, I'm able to have the most comprehensive gauge gage cluster in the business.

Some of you may have already peed yourself having noticed that I do indeed drive with the active handling system switched off. That's right, off. Even in stop and go traffic. Why? Well, this is not the most sophisticated stability control system ever invented. It's certainly no match to the trick Performance Traction Management software that comes as part of the new ZR1.

While our Z06's system does give you a little leeway, when it does intervene, it abruptly chops the throttle and then leaves you without any throttle input for a few seconds, even after the ship has been righted - not the best when you'd rather just go home and change your shorts. Simply put, it's crude and I can do a better job of controlling the car in situations that I get myself into then it can.

As primal as this car is, it is not an F-22. It is not inherently unstable and you can drive it without any computer assistance. If you feel you can't, or don't see the point in ever turning it off, then perhaps you shouldn't buy a car like this.

Kurt Niebuhr, Photo Editor @ 58,302 miles

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