2002 Chevy Corvette Z06: Monterey ALMS Weekend
May 24, 2010
Yep, that's our Long Term 2002 Chevy Corvette Z06 parked in the Corvette Corral at this weekends Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca ALMS race. I didn't register for the Corral, but managed to sneak into (read: They saw I had a corvette and put me here without the super-special green pass) anyway.
Including a couple of pointless excursions and a getting lost 2,658 times while in Monterey, I put 909.1 miles on the Z06 during 16 hours and 15 minutes of seat time. Average MPH was 55.9. And during that time I averaged a staggering 22.6 mpg with a best of 25.9 and a worst of 20.3. 20.3! With 405 horsepower! And me behind the wheel, lost in a strange little town...awesome.
But beyond the numbers, I really fell for our Corvette during this trip. Road noise at freeway speeds over California's crummy concrete gets old, but everything else was an absolute blast. The shifter is deliberate and the pedals take some effort, but put them together and you're rewarded with a noise...oh the noise... let's just say that after a few hours hearing Corvette C6Rs and their E85-fueled 5.5L V8s thunder around, I was still grinning when our Z06 roared.
Would I want more supportive seats? Sure. But consider this: I sat on a shoehorn for 4 hours-- 4 hours! -- and had no idea. Now that, friends, is comfort.
Give it an iPod hookup and this is, hands down, the best car in our fleet. Period.
Mike Magrath, Vehicle Testing Assistant @ 47,931 miles