With all the effort by car companies to keep secrets,
it always seems strange to us how loose GM dealers are with details of
future product. The Monday after April Fool’s (a message there,
perhaps?), some dealers made public details of the 2002 Corvette Z06. Of
course, the Registry’s intelligence desk had the information
As guessed in the LS6 article elsewhere on this page,
the 2002 Z06 engine gets bumped 20 horsepower, to 405 with torque going
up to 400 pound/feet. The increased performance comes while maintaining
the LS6’s outstanding drivability, fuel economy and compliance with
the 50-state, low-emissions vehicle standard.
The changes made to gain
20hp are: another new camshaft and valve spring package, a mass airflow
(MAF) sensor capable of higher flow, another new air filter assembly and
appropriate calibration changes. We'll guess an '02 Z06 driven well, in
good air and on a surface that hooks will run low-12s.
Oh-two, Zee-oh-sixes will carry fender badges listing
the engine’s horsepower. External identification of engine size or
output hasn’t been seen on Chevrolets since the ’70s. Inevitably,
this badge will become a coveted, wannabe item with some C5ers. We’d
rather see them as jewelry items on the girls at Hooters.
Directly a result of customer input, the hardcore
Corvette hardtop gets the head-up display (HUD) as standard. Also new is
thinner and (we assume) lighter front glass, perhaps to offset the
weight gain from the HUD hardware. Z06es get new, a slightly lighter, cast aluminum
wheel. The creeping of cush into Z06 continues as the "driver
convenience" package of memory presets and electrochromic mirrors
has been made an option. Finally, gone is white as a Z06 color. That
could be a mistake, we think. White is so pure...so virginal. Perfect
color for Z06es.
The C5 Registry web site and magazine will have the
in-depth story on the ’02 Z06 at sometime in the near future.