2002 Chevrolet Corvette Long Term Road Test


2002 Chevrolet Corvette Z06: So Great Minds Think Alike...

August 10, 2010

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I really had a change of heart for the 2002 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 over the weekend. Wow, is it more relaxing to drive than the Viper, and honestly between the gearing and the torque characteristics of the 5.7-liter V8, it feels just as quick off the line (if not quicker) and sounds so, so much better -- like a sports car instead of a garbage truck. I enjoy working through the gears more in the Z06. I enjoy sitting in it more. Planting the throttle on the freeway still results in scary-fast acceleration. Plus, I just drove another $20,000 car, and in comparison, a *healthy* Z06 is a far more enticing proposition.

Our long-termer got the ultimate compliment at a Brea, California, shopping mall when another silver C5 Corvette Z06 sidled up to it. Upon closer inspection, the other Z06 was not an exact twin, as the absence of the "405 horsepower" badging indicates it's a 2001 model.

And then I noticed something slightly disturbing...

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Yeah. However, it looks like the 2001 Z06 just got some new Firestone tires. And our Z06 needs some new tires.

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I'd never argue with the owner's taste in rides, though. Pirates of the Caribbean makes up in atmosphere what it lacks in adrenaline.

Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 50,271 miles

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