2001 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 2dr Coupe (5.7L 8cyl 6M)
For the price of a new Lancer Evo or WRX STi, you can purchase a very clean, used Z06 and smoke those 4-cylinder hairdryers all day long. The 2001 Z06 with 385hp & 385ft-lbs of torque launches from a standing start like a Trans-Am race car. Add an intake, LG long tube headers and a good exhaust to a 2001 Z06 and you'll easily match the 405hp found in 2002-2004 models. Don't be afraid to rev the engine. Unlike the older C4 and early C5 motors, the Z06 engine doesn't hit its horsepower peak until just over 6000rpm. Handling is fantastic for practically every twisty road in America. Only dedicated track drivers may find it a little soft.
Looks, handling, fantastic motor that is easily upgraded. Great mileage on the highway when cruising in 6th gear.
Driver's seat needs far more support for spirited driving. Not enough side bolstering and the foam is too soft. Unfortunately most aftermarket reclining sport seats (Recaro etc) are too wide to fit.
Although I have had only one year of driving this car I can honestly say I grin ear to ear every time. With the top off, the glass roof or the matching coupe look, this car looks like its going 100 MPH standing still. It has easy access and egress even for the older folks. Twin power adjustable seats snuggle you into a comfy cockpit. Once you let out the clutch on this amazingly forgiving manual 6 speed the car purrs away just like a Honda or Toyota. The car is that easy to drive!. But step on the gas the car transforms into a jet on wheels. The active handling keeps you safe and straight but lets you fly. This car is AWESOME
Active Handling turns you into an expert driver when your not. HUD lets you keep your eyes on the road. The awesome power is in your right foot. Use it wisely. All that and it gets 32 MPH (when driven at the speed limit).
Two problems. The one problem is a thing called column lock which GM won't/can't fix. This requires expensive repairs and can reoccur. The second is 1st - 4th override where at certain rpms you must go to fourth from first, You can buy aftermarket workarounds for both but Corvette should fix it
Great car. What else can you say about this rocket sled? Awesome vehicle, superfast, the pick-up is simply unbelieveable. You can be at the front of any traffic line, and everybody can smell your rubber (if you so choose). But here's the thing - you know what it can do, and so do all the people around you, so why show off? Youthful exuberation maybe. You'll enjoy it.
Head up display, fast, the looks from others, not to mention the looks of the car itself.
Could have a better sound system. And the interior could be better insulated from all the road noise, but I think the choice of the run-flats make the noise worse.
The Corvette has been my dream car
since my teen days. Now that I finally
own one I know what the phrase "dream
car" really means. It truly has been a
dream to own. Fun and comfortable to
drive. Great gas mileage. The seats are
extremely comfortable I average around
28 MPG highway. A true dream car.
Performance, Head up Display, Wrap
around seats and Driver Information
A little more noise softening in the
rear compartment of the coupe.