2002 Chevrolet Corvette Z06: Tire Thoughts
January 07, 2011
So after I wrote my Corvette Z06 in the rain post a couple weeks ago, editor-in-chief Oldham asked me: "How are the tires in the wet?" I wish I had a useful answer for the boss, but other than noticing that they were better than the worn Goodyears on it before and certainly fine for normal wet-weather driving, it was just too risky to ascertain wet-handling characteristics on public streets.
It's sort of a similar situation for the Bridgestone Potenza RE760s on dry pavement. Are they better or worse than the Goodyear F1 or Michelin Pilot PS2? It'd be nice to say. I'm hoping that we'll do a final track test before we sell the car so we can get slalom and skidpad numbers and maybe further commentary.
But for what it's worth, in my time with the Z06 the past few weeks the Bridgestones seem to grip pretty well. (Mark Takahashi had a similar opinion late last year.) I did that handling comparison drive last week as well as some low-brow (though entertaining) showing off with my sister-in-law in the passenger seat over the Christmas break. In each case the tires reacted the way I expected in terms of grip and breakaway.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor