October 05, 2010
Easy to miss this on our 2002 Corvette Z06. At first glance the hood looks quite flat. Look more closely, however, say when there's a fresh layer of early morning dew on it, and you will notice the bulge.
Twin bulges actually, a clear indication of the Corvette's, uh, performance prowess. They remind me of the "power domes" on my '68 "Chevelle. It's a long standing tradition in the muscle car world that originated with clearance requirements and was later continued mostly as a means of indicating some measure of power to the outside world.
So many vehicles use this styling trick these days it's largely become indicative of nothing. Yet, on the Z06, the bulges look quite appropriate. They were changed to a single, elongated bulge on the sixth-generation Z06 to correspond with the central air inlet, but I think our Z06 look better. Take that C6 lovers.
Ed Hellwig, Editor, Inside Line