Originally Posted by bigjae1976
IMHO I think that needs to be relooked at. Yes, before the E93 I don't think BMW ever had a retractable hardtop convertible. I don't understand why a hardtop convertible is any different from a coupe or a sedan? Of course, assuming that you have the top up. If you rollover I'm sure it would be pretty hard to after the fact put the top up.
Posted about this in another thread asking this question, but the reason hardtop convertibles aren't viewed any differently is because even with a hardtop, a vert's roof is not an integral part of its body structure, and as such doesn't have the same impact absorption capabilities if you roll or (worse) get hit by another car in the roof while your car is lying on its side. Scary as it sounds, the latter scenario is exactly why even coupes have roll cages at higher levels, because any well-designed roof can handle the impact of just about any roll on its own.
Original thread: http://www.m3post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=707045