2002 Chevrolet Corvette Z06: In The Wet
December 22, 2010
Sometimes rain and wet pavement (or snow) can be fun as it gives you the opportunity to explore your car's handling limits at much lower speeds than normal. It's sort of like what editor Mike Monticello was saying with the Mazda 2 and driving a slow car fast; lower limits can be fun. But with our Z06, I can't say that I've found lower limits in rain to be fun. Mostly, it just makes the car, which we once described as "pushy-loose" in terms of handling balance, intimidating at lower speeds instead of extra-legal speeds.
I'm not saying I'm purposely trying to be a holigan. And driven normally, the Corvette behaves fine in the rain, epecially now that we have real tires on it. But in comparison to say, a Subaru WRX, which wouldn't dissuade me from heading out in the rain for a spirited drive, the Corvette is like a big 405-hp question mark.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor