2002 Chevrolet Corvette Long Term Road Test


2002 Chevrolet Corvette Z06: To Be, Or Not To Be

June 17, 2010

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Again, I had a long day of work and I knew I'd be stepping out of the office doors well after 9:30pm. I purposefully chose the Z06 for my ride home with the "L.A." version of an empty freeway. The Z06 wasn't meant to idle in traffic.

I hit the lights and with a squeak they tumbled open. Instantly it reminds me of a debate I had with a friend some time ago about about the redesign of the Miata. I preferred the new integral style whereas he preferred the old pop-ups. He felt the pop-up gave it character that the new generation lacked. I felt the new style returned to the sexy British race car lines and improved the looks.

What about our Corvette? Same deal as the Miata, it switched from pop-up to integral. Which do you prefer the look of? I don't think anyone can deny that starting up the car at night and having the lights swing open is a little cool and sinister. But is it that cool?

Failing electronics/mechanical issues aside, do you prefer the classic pop ups or the sleek integrals?

Scott Jacobs, Senior Photographer

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