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Saab Design: Convertible vs. Coupé

Saab 900 convertible body

Should you choose a convertible or a coupe? It’s an age-old debate…

Convertibles usually offer some kind of fixed or pop-up roll bar to protect passengers in the event of a rollover accident. Contemporary convertible design may include such features as boron steel reinforced A-pillars, front and side airbags, safety cage construction and roll over protection structures or (ROPS) with pyrotechnically charged roll hoops hidden behind the rear seats that deploy under roll-over conditions whether the roof is retracted or not.

Saab 900 Cabrio crash test car

Saab 900 Cabrio crash test car

Here’s the best imaginable presentation of the changes to the cabrio body vs. a coupé: the parts painted in blue are added extras to strengthen the cabrio body. This is Valmet Automotive’s special knowledge since the 1980s, as this Saab 900 strip-down body shows:

Saab 900 Convertible Reinforcement

Saab 900 Convertible Reinforcement

As you can see in the picture, reinforcing structure of Saab 900 Convertible weighs as much as 53kg (117Lb)!

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