Open the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) history book and you’ll find that the current-generation Chevrolet Camaro has its own special place. That’s because the Camaro Coupe was the first vehicle to be awarded the best possible five-star score across the board after the NHTSA increased the difficulty level of its crash tests in 2011.
The Convertible hasn’t been assessed by any official organization, having only received a five-star rollover rating. Nevertheless, General Motors brags that the open-air model offers a stiff structure. The Camaro was conceived in a way that would allow it to also accommodate an open-top model. Of course, this doesn’t mean that chopping off the roof didn’t bring a loss of rigidity and to compensate for this, the engineers used four key strengthening measures.
The A-pillars have been reinforced, the windshield header was gifted with an inner reinforcement bracket, while the front hinge pillar, as well as the rockers have also been strengthened.
When it comes to airbags, the two models are different. Both the Coupe and the Convertible feature dual-stage front airbags for the driver and passenger, as well as seat-mounted airbags that protect the pelvis and thorax. However, the canvas roof model doesn’t have the Coupe’s roof-rail head airbags.
Moving on to the active safety features, we’ll mention the StabiliTrak electronic stability control, which keeps you on track but can also allow you to powerslide the car if that’s what you want. There are also optional features like the Head-Up Display and the rear-view camera, both of which are must-have items.Continue reading