2002 Chevrolet Corvette Review

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2017
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For a moment pretend that the ability to go 170 mph is irrelevant to a car’s worth. That pulling nearly a full G on the skidpad doesn’t mean as much as being able to guide a car accurately into a parking space. That the growl of the exhaust from a big-inch V-8 is as relevant to the long-term enjoyment of a vehicle as decent fuel economy. In this weird upside-down universe, the Corvette Convertible would still be awesome.

So much of the praise surrounding the C5 Corvette concentrates on how quick and fast it is, that its virtues as an everyday car are lost in the fog. The truth is that, regardless of price, the Corvette is probably the easiest sports car there is with which to live day in and day out. And every year, while Chevy seems to introduce some new ever-higher performance version of the C5 that gains even more press, the regular Corvette gets better and better while getting almost no attention.

So familiar, so good

Since the introduction of the C5 in ’97, the essential elements of the car have remained intact. There’s a perimeter frame with hydroformed side rails, a thick central spine and a floor made from a sandwich of balsa wood between composite panels. To that frame are bolted cast aluminum crossmembers, which in turn mount double A-arm and composite transverse leaf spring suspension front and rear. The most radical innovation of the C5 was moving the transmission (either Borg-Warner’s T56 six-speed manual or Hydramatic’s 4L60-E four-speed automatic) to the rear for better weight distribution, and the most satisfying development has to be the sweet-natured all-aluminum, 5.7-liter, OHV, LS1 V-8 which was rated at 345 horsepower in the ’97 version of the car and, in 2002, is rated at 350 horsepower. The tires are familiar too, P245/45ZR-17 front and P275/40ZR-18 rear Goodyear Eagle F1 GS run-flats that obviate the need to carry a spare.

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June 13, 2016
2002 Chevrolet Corvette 2-Door Coupe

Yes, you can love a car.

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The 2002 is 5 years into the C5 design. It has a completely new body design and engine. It has a completely new body and engine. The rear mounted transmission improves weight distribution vs. all of its... + More »
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November 15, 2015
For 2002 Chevrolet Corvette

Great looks, race car technology, and best bang for the buck

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The C5 Corvette offered an unbeatable amount of style and performance for the dollar and it puts a smile on my face every time I get in and turn the key. The convertible makes it all the better to hear the... + More »
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May 14, 2017
2017 Chevrolet Corvette 2-Door Grand Sport Coupe w/2LT

Grand Ride

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Beautiful car, stylish, very powerful, fit and finish are virtually perfect. It's more practical than you'd think in terms of storage and utility. The dealer loves to see it come in for service and treats me... + More »
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November 12, 2016
2017 Chevrolet Corvette 2-Door Stingray Z51 Convertible w/2LT

The Best bang for the buck in the world!!!

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The car can hang with cars 4x the price and be competitive. I have driven Ferrari's, Aston Martin, Porsches (including the 918), Lambo, Jaguar XK-R and it has nothing to apologize for. Of course I wish there... + More »
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June 7, 2016
2016 Chevrolet Corvette 2-Door Stingray Convertible w/2LT

2LT with many added options MRC, HUD, upgraded wheels, NaVet

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Just an awesome car: what an upgrade from previous models - a real alternative to other more expensive cars in this class. Only complaint: centre console should have more room for storage.
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November 19, 2015
2016 Chevrolet Corvette 2-Door Stingray Coupe w/2LT

2016 Corvette better than ever

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The performance, the styling, the quality inside and out, the handling, and the economy is great. I have had a C5, C6, and now C7 and they just keep getting better.
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November 10, 2015
2016 Chevrolet Corvette 2-Door Stingray Z51 Convertible w/3LT

Awesome car

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I smile every time I get into this car - it's awesome to drive - exciting, responsive, fast & gets great gas mileage! So I have a blast driving it and I can go almost 500 miles on a tank of gas.
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October 21, 2015
2016 Chevrolet Corvette 2-Door Stingray Coupe w/3LT

The best Corvette that I have ever owned, & I have owned 7 atarting with the ZR1. Perk

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This is the best corvette that I have ever owned. P Burnett
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October 6, 2015
2016 Chevrolet Corvette 2-Door Stingray Z51 Coupe w/3LT

amazing value for a sports car

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Recently sold my '10 Porsche GT3RS and purchased the '16 Z51; decided to get the 7 speed manual shift with rev matching.....only have 750 miles on the car, so until break in period is over, I can't drive over... + More »
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August 23, 2015
2016 Chevrolet Corvette 2-Door Z06 Coupe w/2LZ

My 2016 ZO6

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The best sport car for your money! No sport car out there that is close to ZO6! I love it
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