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2001 Corvette C5:
Return of the Z06 Part 2

A Classic - Reinvented

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As with any serious performance car, light weight was the goal for the Z06. Towards that end, thinner glass and less insulation along with other sacrifices resulted in a weight loss of 100 lbs compared to the coupe. Still on the menu however was air conditioning and the premium sound system.

All hardtop Corvettes were equipped with the Z06 option and the only transmission available was the manual six speed, which said something about the new 'vettes intentions.

2001 Corvette Z06 autocross

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The handling of the Z06 was enhanced by special Goodyear F1 Supercar tires, P265/40ZR17 (front) and P295/35ZR18 (rear) developed specifically for the Z06. They were not run flat tires, a factor which improved the handling. This brought up an interesting scenario, as the C5 Corvette has no provisions for a spare tire. Standard equipment did include a tire inflation kit but the Z06 did not include the tire pressure monitoring system.
Corvette Z06 rear brake cooling intake Corvette Z06 wheel Corvette Z06 red brake caliper
Z06 visual cues: Above left: Wire mesh screen signified the external intake for the rear brake cooling. The same wire mesh protected the front air intake. Middle: Distinctive star shaped aluminum wheels, exclusive to the Z06, were 1.0 inches wider than on the coupe or convertible. Right: brake calipers were painted red.
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Above: Z06 interior choices were all black or black with red.
Below: Instruments featured the Z06 logo and a checkered background; headrest embroidery.
Corvette Z06 instruments Corvette Z06 headrest embroidery

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2001 Corvette C5 Z06 Wheel 2001 Corvette C5 Convertible in Black 2001 Corvette C5 Interior Waterfall
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The Corvette Storysays...
JIM HOTTON(Sun City, Arizona, US)says...

What is the offset front and rear on an 01 base convertible?


In the 2001 Notes, the horsepower should be 350.


In the notes, it should say 350 horsepower.

Corvette Story Webmaster(California, US)says...


Like my Dad used to say, "when you're right, you're right". The notes have been updated, thank you for taking the time to write.


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