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