CHEVROLET BUILDS THE QUICKEST Z06 CORVETTE EVER, AT 405 HP, AND REFINES COUPE AND CONVERTIBLE
DETROIT - For nearly 50 years, the Corvette has had a special place in America’s garage. Crafted from a precise blend of power, performance, style and comfort, Corvette’s success has been based on a willingness to embrace advancing technology while remaining true to its heritage. Today’s Corvette exemplifies this philosophy like no other.
This upgrade to the LS6 engine’s output is the result of new hollow stem valves, a higher-lift camshaft, a low restriction mass air flow (MAF) sensor and a new low restriction air cleaner design. Eliminating the PUP converter from the exhaust system enables better flow of spent gasses and reduces vehicle weight, without compromising Corvette’s NLEV (National Low Emission Vehicle) status.
Although retaining the same design and color finish, the unique aluminum Z06 wheels are now produced using a cast rather than a forged process. The magnesium wheel option for Coupes and Convertibles is no longer available.
All Corvettes have the second-generation Active Handling system as standard equipment. The system features dynamic rear brake proportioning to prevent rear wheel lockup; rear brake stability control to assist the driver in maintaining control under light braking and high acceleration conditions; integral traction control calibrated to allow drivers to experience the vehicle’s power and handling while maintaining control over excessive wheelspin. It also has an on/off switch and a “Competitive Mode” which allows the driver to disengage the traction control feature without giving up Active Handling’s other benefits.
For 2002, the automatic transmission cooler case is constructed of lightweight cast aluminum, replacing the previous stainless steel design.
Coupes and Convertibles receive an AM/FM/In-dash CD system as the new standard entertainment system. An AM/FM/Cassette system is available when buyers order the remote 12-disc CD changer. The 12-disc CD changer is also available with the CD radio.
Corvette’s exterior color palette adds Electron Blue, replacing Navy Blue Metallic previously offered on Coupes and Convertibles. Electron Blue also takes the place of Speedway White as one of five choices on the Z06.
New for 2002:
LS6 engine (Z06 model) receives 20 horsepower increase, to 405 hp, and receives15 foot pounds more torque for a total of 400 lbs. ft. of torque.
Revised rear shock valving on Z06
Aluminum front stabilizer bar links for Z06 and models equipped with optionalZ51 suspension
Aluminum automatic transmission cooler case
Magnesium wheels no longer available (coupe and convertible)
Z06 wheels are now cast aluminum, not forged aluminum
AM/FM stereo with in-dash CD player now standard on Coupe and Convertible
AM/FM/Cassette only available with 12-disc CD changer on Coupe and Convertible
Head-Up Display (HUD) now standard on Z06
Electron Blue exterior color. (Navy Blue Metallic and Dark Bowling Green Metallic are cancelled.)