2002 Chevrolet Corvette Long Term Road Test


2002 Chevrolet Corvette Z06: Legends of Riverside

March 29, 2011

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In case you haven't heard, Riverside International Raceway closed in 1988. But don't worry, there is a museum (more on that later) that will give you an idea as to what the track was and what it meant to a generation of racers, worldwide.

Anyway, for the 140 mile round trip to and from the museum, I drew the Z06 card. As easy as it is to drive in stop and go traffic, it is just that much easier on an open highway. With the shorter gearing (shorter than your standard C5) sixth gear becomes a very usable overdrive gear; if you need more rapid acceleration, fourth gear is just two blips away.

As capable as these cars are on track, they are amazingly adept at eating up open highway.

Kurt Niebuhr, Photo Editor @ 58,230 miles

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