Explosively Fast - 2002 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Long-Term Road Test

2002 Chevrolet Corvette Long Term Road Test

2002 Chevy Corvette Z06: Explosively Fast

March 26, 2010


Word is you readers want more driving impressions of our 2002 Chevy Corvette Z06. Well, I'm here to deliver.

Ready? Here goes.

Our 2002 Chevy Corvette Z06 is freakin' fast. Like snap your head back, blaze the tires, scare old ladies, land in jail, sorry officer, tear the skin from your face, maybe I shouldn't do that again but it was really fun fast. It explodes with speed in any gear at any rpm. Redline more than one gear and chances are you're well over the speed limit. Nail it off the line with any kind of rapid clutch engagement and its rear Goodyears are worthless. In other words, its exactly how cars should be.

Last week I was digging around in the garage for one of my old Bacce Ball trophies and found an old car mag back from August of 2001. In it was a first drive of the 405 hp 2002 Corvette Z06. It says that GM claimed a 0-60 mph time of 3.9 seconds, a quarter mile blast of 12.4 seconds at 116 mph and a top speed of 168 mph.

And our car really does feel that quick. The Z06 is easily the quickest car in our fleet right now, and it'll smoke our long-term Camaro SS, which is rated at 426 hp, but weighs slightly more than the Empire State Building.

We'll track test our Vette soon to see if it can match those performance numbers with 50,000 miles on its odometer. Stay tuned.

Scott Oldham, Inside Line Editor in Chief

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