I found my new 2002 Millennium
Yellow Z06 Corvette in November of 2006 it was located in
Townsend, Vermont, It had 24,560 original miles. I live in Cleveland,
Tennessee, My wife and I drove 1200 miles there to pick it up and then
drove it the 1200 miles back to our home. This 02 Z06 already had a few
very nice mods done to it. It had Long tube headers, a performance
x-pipe, dual Borla Stinger exhaust, Vara-Ram cold air intake, a short
throw B&M Ripper shifter, and a brand new set of tires that replaced the
factory original tires at 21k miles. Since I have had it I got a set of
Lloyds front floor mats and rear trunk area mat, both with the
embroidered "Z06 405 HP" logos. A carpeted partition to separate the
Vette interior and rear trunk area. I got a rear exhaust plate pictured
above, Millennium yellow door sill decals for both sills. I got a
straight red silicone duct to replace the accordion hose that was
factory. I got a red anodized aluminum oil catch can, also pictured
above. I also got a set of factory replacement chrome screws and washers
(42 in all) to replace the ones under the hood, trunk, both door areas
and under the fuel cap. also pictured here. I installed a set of rear
tail light gaskets, so no more dreaded water build up or dripping. Also
red gel letter inserts for the rear bumper cover for the C O R V E T T E
letters, and a Z06 license plate frame for the rear plate, and a
"Objects in mirror are losing" decal for the drivers side mirror...lol.
Source - GM Corporation
CHEVROLET BUILDS THE QUICKEST Z06 CORVETTE EVER
AT 405 HP
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.
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. Some
speed engineering going on here.
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 Z06 also has new rear shock valving for a more
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
The foundation of Corvette's agile handling is hydro-formed 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.
The rear suspension has a transverse leaf spring system.
All Corvettes have the second-generation Active Handling system as
standard equipment. The system features dynamic rear brake proportioning
to prevent rear wheel lockup, and rear brake stability control to assist
the driver in maintaining control under light braking and high
acceleration conditions. It also has integral traction control
calibrated to allow drivers to experience the Corvette's power and
handling while controlling excessive wheelspin. The system's on/off
switch and 'Competitive Mode' enables drivers to disengage the traction
control feature without giving up Active Handling's other benefits. For
more information on Active Handling, see the 'Applied Technology'
section of the Corporate press kit.
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.
New high performance front brake pads on Z06 provide improved lining
durability and fade resistance in high performance situations.
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
WARREN, Mich. - To say that the 2001 Chevrolet Z06 Corvette was launched
to wide-ranging acclaim is an understatement, the Z06 has won the hearts
of Corvette aficionados everywhere. For many, the 2001 Z06 represented
as close to perfection as has ever been achieved in a sports car. It has
been received with unprecedented praise for its ability to deliver
performance, agility, and control - all wrapped in a visually stunning
package. For 2002, Chevrolet engineers have provided a new definition of
Corvette has been synonymous with performance for nearly 50 years.
Proving that you can never have too much of a good thing, GM engineers
extracted an additional 20 horsepower from the LS6 engine that debuted
in 2001. For 2002, the LS6 delivers an awe-inspiring 405 horsepower at
"We could have chosen to remain satisfied with our achievements for
2001, instead, we set our sights on breaking the 400-horsepower
barrier," said Dave Hill, Performance Cars vehicle line executive and
Corvette chief engineer. "At 405 horsepower, the LS6 will match the
highest peak power level of the legendary 5.7-liter DOHC LT5, which
powered the ZR1 Corvette."
More Torque = Better Performance
"When you hear customers talking about wanting more power, what they
really mean is that they want more torque. It's torque that gets you
going, whether launching from a standstill, or accelerating out of a
corner. At 385, last year's Z06 was already in an elite class. For 2002,
we've upped the ante with another 15 pounds-feet of torque, for a total
of 400 pounds-feet at 4,800 rpm. The result is one that must be
experienced to be appreciated," said Hill.
The Z06 will continue to be outfitted with the unique six-speed manual
transmission for 2002. It will enable skilled drivers to achieve 0-60
mph times of 3.9 seconds and to cover a quarter mile in 12.4 seconds at
116 mph. By comparison, the 2001 powertrain combination achieved 0-60
mph in 4.0 seconds and the quarter mile in 12.6 seconds at 114 mph.
LS6 Clutch Improvements
To withstand the greater torque output of the new engine, the LS6 clutch
was redesigned. Clamp load has been increased seven percent and
durability has been augmented by the following enhancements:
The clutch-driven disc was redesigned, with the flange plate thickness
increased by 20 percent - from 5 mm to 6 mm
The damper springs were redesigned to increase wind-up rate, from 33
Newton-meter degrees to 35 Newton-meter degrees
Premium alloy steel wire is now used for the damper springs
These changes ensure long life and good performance for the LS6 clutch.
World-Class Agility and Handling
"While the 2002 Z06 is the quickest Vette to date, the Corvette team
never lost sight of the fact that the Z06 is a total performance
package. With this goal in mind, the suspension has been improved to
keep the Z06 the well balanced sports car that it is, and the standard
against which all other sports cars are measured," said Hill.
The valving of the Z06's rear dampers was also revised, allowing for
smoother, more efficient transfer of the additional horsepower and
torque to the pavement.
"Revising the damping allowed us to improve the track performance of the
Z06, as well as its everyday ride quality," said Mike Neal, Corvette
ride and handling development engineer.
In addition to generating more power, Corvette engineers also
scrutinized every possible means to reduce vehicle mass, which in turn
results in improved vehicle handling.
Their efforts resulted in:
Cast aluminum front stabilizer links (versus rolled rod steel links),
resulting in a 0.2 kg (0.44 lbs.) weight saving
Cast-spun aluminum wheels (versus forged aluminum), for a total mass
savings of 0.6 kg (1.3 pounds)
These are further enhancements to the world-class FE4 suspension system
that debuted in 2001.
A Solid Foundation
"The 2002 Z06 Corvette is the complete package, a vehicle that can be
driven at the limit with supreme confidence. It's a true driver's car,
designed to provide the driver with the information and feedback
required for enthusiastic driving," said Hill.
This latest Z06 builds upon the solid foundation established by the
previous model-year offering, one that had already raised performance to
a whole new level. The 2001 Z06 introduced a standard Second-Generation
Active Handling system, providing a great deal of assistance to the
Corvette driver and an added level of safety to occupants.
The 2001 Corvette coupe, convertible and Z06 models broke new ground in
the areas of refinement, with better noise isolation, better idle
quality, reduced maintenance costs and improved fuel economy.
Greater emphasis on performance is further enabled with a standard
Head-Up Display (HUD) for 2002 Z06 models. It provides critical vehicle
information - including tachometer, vehicle speed, oil pressure, coolant
temperature and fuel gauges, among others - promoting a "hands on the
wheel, eyes on the road," philosophy.
"We realize that the Z06 is not for everyone. But, for the extreme
performance enthusiasts, the race-bred 2002 Z06 provides them with a
vehicle that challenges the threshold of performance and handling, with
absolutely no compromises," stated Tadge Juechter, Performance Cars
assistant chief engineer. "The 2002 Z06 is a
total performance package!"