2002 Chevrolet Corvette Z06: Steady As She Goes
January 18, 2011
The Z06 doesn't need a stereo. It makes its own perfectly punchy soundtrack. When jumping into one of our long-termers, I instinctively reach for the radio dial after making my seat, steering wheel and mirror adjustments. But I've been training myself lately to spend the first 10 minutes or so of any drive just listening to the car.
In the Z06, those 10 minutes turn into 20, then 30, then 40, and finally the full duration of the commute, as it did on the drive home a few nights ago. The next morning, the drive into the office called for some accompaniment. But what? The Z06 has a single-disc CD player. What single disc in the collection would complement 405 horsepower?
Stones? Zeppelin? Solid, classic Brit-rock, but predictable. AC/DC? Proper sonic weight, but also an import (although props to the Australians, who share the American affinity for bullish V8s). No, this 50-mile run called for something thick, something American with a good Midwestern thump. Something like the Raconteurs, a Nashville band with Detroit roots. Nashville's only about 65 miles from Bowling Green, incidentally. Perfect.
Steady as she goes, indeed. That should be the mantra when driving the Z06. It'll lull ya into a serene self-confidence, all progressive throttle and power delivery, only to yank the fabric out from under ya and leave you in a heap of fiberglass and tears.
For a little Tuesday morning time-wastin', what about you? What's your idea of a good soundtrack for pushing around 400 horses? Just a couple of ground rules, though:
1: Should be an American band/artist...
2: ..except Bob Seger
Dan Frio, Automotive Editor