2002 Chevrolet Corvette Z06: The Future's Alright
January 21, 2011
A few days ago Inside Line Editor Ed highlighted the traction control button in our long-term Mustang 5.0, noting that the only way Ford could have made it cooler would have been to actually label it "Burnout." When I noticed the traction control button in our Z06 later that day -- the familiar silhouette and its four taillights fishtailing into the horizon -- I felt warm and glowy. That the driver can still manipulate traction control, in a 2011 performance car, is some reason to be thankful.
In the Z06, it's not so surprising. It's a 2002 model. Pre-bankruptcy and bailout. Back when most Americans still generally liked GM, or at least didn't root against them. But with the country growing more litigious by the hour, and with GM hanging on to its diminished, devoted fanbase at home while growing a new one in China, it's heartening to see an American carmaker offer a control - adjacent to the shifter, no less - that tacitly sanctions random acts of hoonage. It means there are still engineers who lobby for such things, and company lawyers who try to sew up possible angles of retribution. For that, we give thanks.
We're also thankful that the Vette stops micro-managing after 100 mph. And that it counts to 200.
Dan Frio, Automotive Editor