Nice Ride, Man. - 2002 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Long-Term Road Test

2002 Chevrolet Corvette Long Term Road Test

2002 Chevrolet Corvette Z06: Nice Ride, Man.

September 23, 2010

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I don't mean this in the "that's a nice car, dude" sense (though it is). But rather literally, that this supercar has a relatively nice ride. That statement should carry some weight coming from me given my sometimes sensitive, ornery back. The bugger went out on me last month not while I was running a 5k, playing tennis or working out, but just when I reached into the fridge at work. Happens every few years, but I digress.

So yep, unlike the Corvettes of yore, this one has a fairly supple, dare I say comfortable, ride quality. And this sentiment is all the more impressive in light of two more factors:

1) This is a Z06, the (at the time) ultra-high-performance version of the Corvette
2) Here in L.A. we can lay claim to not only the nation's worst traffic but also the second crappiest roads. Talk about an acid test.

Were it not for its Dachshund-like ground clearance and resulting occasional air dam/underbody scrapes (see various previous blog entries), I'd be perfectly happy with the Z06 as a daily driver.

John DiPietro, Automotive Editor @ 51,513 miles

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