2002 Chevrolet Corvette Long Term Road Test


2002 Chevy Corvette Z06: Better Than Coffee

September 10, 2010

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By now it's no secret that I'm a big fan of our squishy-seated, crummy-shifting fast-as-sin 2002 Corvette Z06. What's not exactly a secret, but not exactly shouted to the blogosphere is that I'm not a morning person. Not by a long shot. I've got a friend who runs 4 miles a day before she goes to work. I'm not so sure why we're friends. I can barely get my shoes on most days. (Velcro Vans FTW.) I'm pretty useless until the first cup of coffee sets in.

Well, that is, unless I'm driving in the Z06. There's just something about driving it, even at 20 mph, that's a rush. Probably because the seat does wobble and the shifter is a lot of work to move from 1 to 2 to 1 to 2 to 1 to 2 to 1 to 4(!@#!) and because the engine's loud and the suspension sort of crashes over the crummy surface streets around LA.

All I know is that this morning, nearing the Starbucks I usually stop at for a quick drip, I felt great. My eyes were clear and I was barely yawning at all.

The Z06 really is a great way to start the day and if my Dr ever tells me to lay off the caffeine, well, I know what I'm doing to replace it.

Mike Magrath, Associate Editor, Inside Line

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