2002 Chevrolet Corvette Long Term Road Test


2002 Chevrolet Corvette Z06: Small Slice of Hell

September 17, 2010

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I think we can all agree that the 'Vette is not a meant to be a caged bird. It likes to run. Traffic jams in this thing are painful. I purposefully left early this morning to take advantage of open roads. I use that term loosely when talking about West LA and the 405.

I actually made great time, up to the ramp onto the 10. As I came down the ramp I found myself boxed in by a van in front of me, two Prius and a Brodozer driving right up my tail. In this slow moving box I was trapped up until close to my exit. It was so frustrating to look outside of this bubble and see fast moving traffic.

The Brodozer was so close to me (and my Corvette so low) that all I could see in my rear view mirror were suspension components and fog lights. I was fearful of braking to back around the Pri-i. What is the plural of Prius anyways? It doesn't matter, those eco-jerks stayed in tight formation all the way up to my exit.

You can't win every commute. But driving a car like this in daily traffic is just plain frustrating. The solace for the daily grind is the opportunity the Z06 affords you to blast every now and again, blip shift with panache or just listen to that engine roar. Those victories might be small, but it's better than being brain dead bumper to bumper.

Scott Jacobs, Senior Photographer

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