2002 Chevrolet Corvette Z06: Not Just Another Car
September 21, 2010
Michael has written about how easy our long-term 2002 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is to drive in the midst of your ordinary life. He's right, of course. Apart from having to do the supercar-stoop to get into the Z06 (and yes, minding its lowness over everything, and, ok, the dealing with its semi-cooperative trunk release), the actual driving really isn't taxing in town. The shifting is easy. Torque is available at any rpm. The steering isn't particularly heavy. And for such a low car with such dark tint on its back window, the visibility really isn't bad. I've never had trouble parking it.
And because life with our Corvette Z06 is so easy, I forget that it's something special. But not today. Today I was in West Los Angeles heading west, and I spotted a beautifully restored, power-blue-painted Corvette -- a '58, I believe, with the license plate "I WAS 11" -- heading east. The light turns green. I know what he has. He knows what I have. He gets a thumbs-up from me. I get a wave from him. We had a moment.
Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 51,480 miles