Is It Cool? - 2002 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Long-Term Road Test

2002 Chevrolet Corvette Long Term Road Test

2002 Chevy Corvette Z06: Is It Cool?

May 13, 2010

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I don't think it's a secret I'm not a Corvette fan. However, that status comes entirely from driving the thing. Prior to my time behind the wheels of umpteen Corvettes, I actually thought they were pretty cool. I was never exposed to (or just never noticed) the owner stereotypes of white-haired men or greasy dudes with gold chains. So when our very own Brent Romans got a Vette, I was a little confused as to why he seemed to be defending the purchase. 'Why?' I thought, that's awesome.

Maybe its because of where I'm from. When I lived my formative car guy years in Indianapolis, C5 Corvettes were all over the place and certainly seemed like the sports car of choice. I thought they were a pretty cool car -- even in 1998, when a certain notorious pace car edition was roaming around (you'd be surprised how many people had them). Earlier when growing up in Toronto, the fastest car I ever got to drive in was a family friend's 1980s C4 vintage. I thought that was really cool.

So I wouldn't buy a Vette; it's just not my cup of tea. Is it cool, though? I'm saying yes.

James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 46,881 miles

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