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2002 Corvette

  New for 2002 | Specs | Z06 | LS6 Specs | Testing
  Power Boost | Sam Winegarden Interview | Model Pricing


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.

More Power
Last year’s introduction of the Z06 Corvette, based on the former hardtop model and the legendary 1960s Z06 option package, is aimed at true performance enthusiasts at the upper end of the high-performance market. And now, an extra boost of 20 hp, to 405, makes Z06 the quickest production Corvette ever.

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.

Suspension Upgrades
The Z06-specific FE4 High-Performance suspension system features a larger front stabilizer bar, a stiffer rear leaf spring and specific camber settings - all calibrated for maximum control during high-speed operation. The 2002 model year Z06 also has new rear shock valving for a more controlled ride.

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.

Maximum Agility
The foundation of Corvette’s agile handling is hydroformed frame rails. Its four-wheel independent front suspension features cast aluminum upper and lower A-arms. The Z06 and models equipped with the available Z51 package now have aluminum front stabilizer bar links for lighter weight. A transverse leaf spring system is used for the independent rear suspension.

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.

Additional Refinements
Now standard on Z06, the Corvette’s Head-Up Display (HUD) projects vehicle speed and many other gauges digitally on the windshield ahead of the steering wheel, enabling drivers to keep their eyes on the road. HUD remains an option on Coupes and Convertibles.

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.

2002 Corvette

Model Specifications:




5.7 Liter
350 hp (LS1)

V8 w/4-speed automatic (S)
6-speed manual (O)


5.7 Liter
350 hp (LS1)

V8 w/4-speed automatic (S)
6-speed manual (O)


5.7 Liter
405 hp (LS6)

V8 w/ 6-speed manual

2002 Corvette

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.)

2002 Corvette