2002 Corvette Specifications for the Coupe, Convertible, and ZO6 Hardtop

2002 Corvette Specifications: Engines, transmissions, chassis/suspension, brakes wheel/tires dimensions interior capacities.

Kathi Richardson's 2002 at the Corvette Chevy Expo in Galveston Texas.
Kathi Richardson’s 2002 at the Corvette Chevy Expo in Galveston Texas.

We take a look back at the 2002 Corvette Specifications for the Coupe, Convertible, and ZO6 hardtop. The engines, transmissions, chassis/suspension, brakes, wheel/tires, dimensions, interior capacity, and fuel economy specs were listed here in this article which appeared in the August 2001 issue of Vette Vues Magazine. So let us take a quick glance back at the 2002 Corvette Specifications.

New for 2002 C5 Corvette

The C5 Corvette was released with the 1997 model year and ran through the 1996 models.

  • LS6 engine (Z06 model) receives a 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 optional Z51 suspension
  • Aluminum automatic transmission cooler case
  • Magnesium wheels are 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 canceled.)

2002 C5 Model Lineup

  • Coupe: 5.7-liter V8 w/ 4-speed 350 hp (LS1) with automatic (S) 6-speed manual (O)
  • Convertible 5.7-liter V8 w/ 4-speed 350 hp (LS1) with the automatic (S) or 6-speed manual (O)
  • Z06 5.7-liter V8 w/ 6-speed manual 405 hp (LS6)

QUICKEST Z06 CORVETTE EVER, AT 405 HP, AND REFINES TO COUPE AND CONVERTIBLE

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 airflow (MAF) sensor, and a new low restriction air cleaner design. Eliminating the PUP converter from the exhaust system enables a 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 a 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.

2002 Corvette Exterior Colors

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.

2Here are the 2002 Corvette Specifications

2002 Corvette Specifications
2002 Corvette Specifications

Below is a reprint from the August 2001 issue of Vette Vues Magazine.

2002 Corvette Specifications
2002 Corvette Specifications
2002 Corvette Specifications
2002 Corvette Specifications
2002 Corvette Specifications
2002 Corvette Specifications

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