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2002 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

Engine 5.7-liter pushrod V8

Horsepower 405

Torque 400 lb feet

0-60 mph 4.2 seconds

1/4 mile 12.5 seconds @ 118 mph

60-0 mph 107 feet

EPA Mileage 19 mpg city
28 mpg highway



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2002 Chevrolet Corvette Z06
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Evaluating a family car for MotorWeek is usually pretty easy. You take it to work, take the kids to school, and do the weekly grocery shopping, all pretty straightforward stuff. But testing a high performance sports car like the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is another matter entirely. Where can you go to test its limits...without getting arrested? Well, fortunately for us, that turned out to be easy too!

And, a whole lot of fun in the process! We'd already put the 2001 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 through its paces on the street, and on our normal test course, and found it to be a serious sports car that was as drivable as many family sedans. But along comes the even more impressive 2002 Z06, and we knew we just had to rachet up the action and tackle the serious twists and turns of West Virginia's Summit Point Raceway. We see it as our duty to find how much total performance Chevy engineers can pack into their performance leader.

As any 'Vette fan will tell you, Chevy's all-aluminum 5.7-liter pushrod V8, dubbed the LS6, is serious performance hardware. But for 2002 it gets even more so with a power boost of 20 horsepower and 15 pound-feet of torque. This raises peak output to a stunning 405 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque! This super-LS6 is coupled with the M12 6-speed manual transmission. It's still the only transmission available and a unique gearbox to the Z06.

'02 suspension changes are more modest, and consist of aluminum front stabilizer bar links, and revised rear shock valving. While the 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels are now cast, instead of forged.

Inside, the cockpit maintains its fighter-plane layout, made even more so by the addition of the previously optional head-up display to the standard equipment list.

And with even more power, the Z06 takes off like a jet, too. 0 to 60 is a blistering 4.2- seconds. That's 3-10ths faster than last year. While the 1/4 mile flashes by in 12.5-seconds, at 118 miles-per-hour. Yes, that's fast! Throttle response is instantaneous. So much so that you have to feather the throttle to keep the rear wheels from spinning through the first three gears. And with maximum torque at only 4,800 rpm, it's still pulling like the proverbial freight train at its 6,500 rpm redline.

But according to our test drivers, it handles more like an extra-large go-kart! With its quick, speed-sensitive rack-and-pinion steering, a tight, short-long-arm double-wishbone suspension with composite leaf springs, and a second-generation Active Handling system, with a Competitive mode that allows you to selectively disengage traction control. The new Z06 is tight, precise, and defines the term agile!

And feedback through the steering wheel, the pedals, and even the seat of your pants, is first rate. Our drivers felt connected to every inch of the track surface. Which allowed them to push the Z06 to the absolute limits of its sticky Goodyear Eagle F1 tires. And that feel is also absolute under hard braking. With big four wheel discs, and 4- channel ABS, the Z06 slams down for cornering, and for our 60-to-0 test in an average distance of only 107 feet.

Even over bumpy patches, there's no loss in stability when braking from triple digit speeds. To quote our test drivers, "This is another Chevy that's like a rock. No skating, shaking or darting. You point it where you want to stop, and it stops." Need we say more?

Well, we will. The Corvette Z06 is one of the few street legal sports cars that can truly be considered "race ready." Just add roll cage, fire extinguisher, helmet, and go. Yet with its exhilarating power and handling, this Z06 is still very day-to-day drivable. It won't beat you up on any road, and that's quite an achievement , and one that you can own for $50,350. A lot of money for the working man or woman, but a screaming bargain compared to cars of similar capabilities from Germany and Italy.

The 2002 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is a car that looks great on paper, is still affordable on the installment plan, and won't fail to impress you on any street. But, it takes time on a proper race track to prove just how great this American performance flagship really is. It made us believers for life.
 
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For fun..heres the amazing 2001 zo6..Chevy just makes it look so easy!

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2001 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

Engine 5.7-liter V8

Horsepower 385

Torque 385 lb feet

0-60 mph 4.5 seconds

1/4 mile 13 seconds @ 113 mph

60-0 mph 104 feet

EPA Mileage 19 mpg city
28 mpg highway

Top Speed 168 mph



Recent Road Tests.2001 BMW M32001 Ferrari 360 Modena Spider2001 Ford Mustang Cobra & Bullitt2001 Volkswagen TDI's2002 Acura 3.2TL2002 Acura 3.5RL2002 Acura RSX2002 Audi A42002 Buick Rendezvous2002 Buick Rendezvous vs. Lexus RX3002002 Cadillac Escalade2002 Cadillac Escalade EXT2002 Chevrolet Avalanche2002 Chevrolet Corvette Z062002 Chevrolet Trailblazer2002 Dodge Durango R/T2002 Dodge Ram 15002002 Ford Explorer/Mercury Mountaineer2002 Ford Thunderbird2002 Ford Thunderbird [2]2002 GMC Sierra Denali2002 GM Mid-Size SUV's2002 Honda CR-V2002 Hyundai Elantra GT2002 Infiniti Q452002 Isuzu Axiom2002 Jaguar X-Type2002 Jeep Liberty2002 Kenny Brown P2 Panther2002 Kia Sedona2002 Land Rover Freelander2002 Lexus ES3002002 Lexus IS 300 Sedan & SportCross2002 Lexus SC4302002 Lincoln Blackwood2002 Mazda Millenia S2002 Mercedes-Benz C-Coupe & Wagon2002 Mitsubishi Lancer2002 Nissan Altima2002 Subaru Impreza WRX2002 Toyota Camry2002 Volkswagen Jetta Wagon2003 Cadillac CTS2003 Saturn Vue
2001 Chevrolet Corvette Z06
Program #2002


For nearly 50 years, it's been this country's favorite, and sometimes only, homegrown sports car, and a car that showed the world what America was all about. And now as we enter the 21st century, the Chevrolet Corvette still stands tall as the apex of America's big, bold, and brash high performance design. And the king of the Corvette hill for 2001 is the return of the Z06. But after all these years, and a slew of smaller, high-tech imported competitors, some critics question whether the Corvette formula is still valid. Well, if you want our opinion, you'd better hang on!

And, we mean hang on tight! The 2001 Chevrolet Corvette ZO6 is the most all-out, in- your-face Corvette since the legendary ZR1, starting with a 385-horsepower pushrod V-8, and neck-snapping 0 to 60 acceleration of a mere 4.5 seconds.

Now that we have your attention, the Z06 is distinguished from other 2001 Corvette hatchback coupes and convertibles by its hardtop-with-a-trunk body style, new lower fascia with functional air intakes, and working air scoops on the rear rocker panels for improved brake cooling, plus the obligatory Z06 badges on the front fenders proclaiming this as the Corvette line's new performance leader.

Performance, taking its lead from the new LS6, 5.7-liter V8. Add to that stump-pulling 385 horsepower, 385 pound-feet of torque. That's an easy 10% gain over last year. Chevy engineers built the LS6 on a heavily modified LS1 block. They then added freer flowing heads and manifolds, a high-profile cam, new pistons, high-flow fuel injectors, and much more. Including the auto industry's first mass-produced titanium muffler assembly.

All those ponies then gallop through a standard 6-speed manual transmission, with a new high strength clutch. The clutch delivers noticeably smoother feel than before, with less pedal effort. And no automatic is available.

Beyond the gearbox, a thicker aluminum alloy driveshaft spins the Z06-exclusive wheels and tires. Up front, 17 by 9.5-inch alloys wearing special 265/40 Goodyear Eagle F1 SC tires. While the huge rear footprint is courtesy of 18 by 10.5-inch rims with 295/35 SCs. And all are ZR speed rated. And once spinning, rocket the Z06 through the 1/4-mile in 13-seconds flat, with a trap speed of 113 miles-per-hour. Top speed is a blistering 168.

The Z06 thunders off the line like a jet, but really kicks in the afterburner at around 5,000 rpm. And all with just the right combination of smooth delivery and rowdy exhaust rumble. What an engine!

The original '63 Z06 denoted a race-ready suspension package. The '01's new FE4 suspension is at home on all pavement. It sports a larger front stabilizer bar, stiffer rear leaf spring, and increased negative camber to keep the tire tread flatter during cornering. Which, when coupled with the Corvette's Active Handling system, makes the Z06 stick like super glue, even on the challenging curves of West Virginia's Summit Point Raceway! That traction increase is especially evident in the rear, where oversteer has been drastically reduced. That tremendous traction, and the lightning-quick Magnetic Variable Effort steering, led one tester to call the Z06 "the biggest go-kart that I've ever driven."

And when you need to stop, a quartet of 12.6-inch brake discs and standard ABS haul it down from 60 in an average of only 104 feet! Our testers loved the rock-solid feel, and plentiful feedback, but thought the pedal feel to be a bit on the soft side.

Put through its paces on public roads, the Z06 delivers a firm, yet compliant ride. And while not as silent a ride as a Lexus, the Z06 at speed is surprisingly quiet for an ultra-high performance sled. And with nary a squeak or rattle to be heard. In addition to improved noise and vibration control, the Z06 adds new seats with increased lateral support. And a new, snap to read, analog gauge cluster. Plus that quite generous, 13.3 cubic foot trunk.

The Z06 is a knock-out package. One that's exciting and usable. And one that will set you back $47,500 to start. Add the only Z06 option, a 12-disc CD changer, and pay $48,100. Not cheap, but way less than the Porsche 911.

Or as our friends at Automobile Magazine said after driving the Z06:
"...it's deeply pleasing to see American automakers doing a job as well as their rivals, but doing it more affordably."

So after 50 years as America's favorite homegrown sports car, the 2001 Chevrolet Corvette remains the apex of American high performance design. And with the rebirth of the Z06, a machine capable of challenging, and beating, the best the
 
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