2002 Chevrolet Corvette Z06: Minimizing the Big Butt Look
May 18, 2010
Though Sir Mix-A-Lot may beg to differ, a lot of car enthusiasts think the C5's butt is simply too big. The upshot is that this sports car's hatch (or trunk if it's a notchback body style like our Z06 or a ragtop)) has a massive capacity -- 25 cubic feet for the hatch and 13 cubes for the trunk. Still, it's the least flattering aspect of the C5's style, and unfortunately the notchback version only emphasizes the height and breadth of that bountiful booty. However, as any artist who has used trompe l'oeil can tell you, the eye can be tricked.
I recently saw that yellow Z06 at a car show and though I'm usually not a fan of body kits, liked how this cleanly executed aftermarket rear fascia visually reduced the big butt's mass. Whereas the stock 'vette's rear end has about an acre of monotone body, this modified Z06 has it broken up and made more attractive via a full-width black taillight panel. Though it's still wide, it looks much sleeker than the factory setup. The only change I'd make would be to black-out the lower portion of the fascia above and next to the exhaust outlets.
What do y'all think? Big improvement or not?
John DiPietro, Automotive Editor @ 46,982 miles