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This is Why I Think Convertibles Suck | WheelHouse

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  • - They're cool, you say, they're fun and sexy.
  • You try to talk yourself into it,
  • but deep down inside you know the truth.
  • You know, in your heart of hearts,
  • they're a pain in the ass.
  • It's all right, though.
  • Breathe in through your nose and repeat after me.
  • Convertibles suck.
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  • Why do people get convertibles?
  • Is it to look cool and rich?
  • Is it the status?
  • Is it because you're James and you're always sweating
  • and need something more powerful than air conditioning?
  • I'll admit there are a lot of cars
  • that look sick in convertible form,
  • the Miata, the S2000, and even my
  • favorite car of all time, the Dodge Viper,
  • although that kinda falls into the Targa top category.
  • But there are a lot of reasons that convertibles
  • are worse than hardtops.
  • We're gonna go through a few of them in this video,
  • and before you bemoan and complain
  • that it's just our opinion, which is true,
  • some of these have a lot to do with personal taste,
  • but some of the reasons are based
  • on actual science, and you can't argue with science.
  • Let's start with something benign, noise.
  • Hardtops have a lot of sound deadening material in the roof
  • that you probably don't even notice.
  • I mean, why would you, that's the whole point.
  • When the top is down in the convertible, though,
  • wind, engine, and road noise is a lot louder,
  • which can make things like a simple conversation
  • with your bro impossible.
  • Want to listen to music?
  • You're going to have to crank it up much louder,
  • and you'll lose that sweet, sweet audio quality.
  • Plus you'll be that guy blasting Hollywood Undead
  • while driving down the PCH.
  • If you're cool with that, more power to you,
  • just don't ask me to ride with you.
  • Even if you have the top up on your convertible,
  • ragtops create much more noise than a traditional roof.
  • At high speed, the flutter of the canvas
  • basically asks like a speaker.
  • Plus, they're prone to rips and tears,
  • which can create even more noise.
  • You could get a folding hardtop,
  • like the AMG SL65, but say goodbye to trunk space.
  • I guess you don't really buy a convertible
  • for trunk space, though, but that's beyond the point.
  • Having the top down can have its upsides,
  • like being out in the sun with the wind in your hair,
  • footloose and fancy free.
  • Convertibles definitely have their own hashtag mood,
  • but admitting to that hashtag mood can be exhausting.
  • It's not always gonna be sunny and 72 degrees.
  • Sunburn sucks, windburn sucks,
  • and if you're thinking about buying a convertible,
  • be prepared to dry out like a teriyaki Slim Jim.
  • (yelling)
  • Being exposed to the elements
  • doesn't just mean sun and wind.
  • Fabric and leather seats will degrade much faster,
  • moisture can mean mold in your carpet,
  • and undiscerning birds will
  • (bleeped) in your mouth as you drive.
  • They (bleeped) right in your mouth.
  • These things can be inconvenient to say the least
  • in the long run.
  • Reupholstering interiors is really expensive
  • and moisture can cause rust and degrade your chassis.
  • But the ins and outs of everyday driving
  • in the convertible can be tedious as hell as well.
  • Putting the top up and down every time you get in your car
  • gets old after awhile.
  • Some people just leave the top up all the time
  • in their convertibles, which is kind of
  • defeating the purpose.
  • All of that can be annoying, but how do convertibles
  • compare to hardtops, when it comes to performance?
  • Well, pretty bad, actually.
  • Here's why.
  • (upbeat music)
  • One of the reasons is rigidity.
  • Stiffer cars handle better.
  • Hardtops derive a lot of their rigidity
  • from the roof, floor pan and the rocker panels.
  • Without a roof to stiffen up the body,
  • convertibles are prone to twisting and flexing,
  • and that can seriously cut down on performance.
  • Modern convertibles make up for their lack of stiffness
  • with extra support with the help of box beams
  • and other structural pieces that add weight,
  • sometimes more than 350 pounds to the frame.
  • Even with that extra support,
  • a convertible will never be as stiff
  • or be able to handle as well as a hardtop brother.
  • Not to mention all that weight
  • can make them sluggish as well.
  • Another factor that makes convertibles slow
  • is aerodynamics.
  • Fast moving air rushing over the hood and windshield
  • hits the slower air inside the cabin
  • and creates low vortices.
  • These air vortices make driving uncomfortable
  • because it's literally a tiny tornado inside your car.
  • These vortices also create aerodynamic drag
  • that slows the car down, making it less efficient.
  • One good example of how much airflow
  • can affect a convertible is the Shelby Cobra.
  • This historic roadster tore up the short courses.
  • It was a beast, but when faced with longer
  • stretches of track, it didn't fare as well.
  • The open top Cobra was aerodynamically limited
  • to 170 miles an hour.
  • (upbeat music)
  • Imagine going 170 in a Cobra in the sixties.
  • That would be terrifying.
  • I'd write my will before I even get in it.
  • Joe, you get my ferns, Zach gets my glasses.
  • Alex, you get all my money.
  • I have a lot of ferns now, for some reason.
  • (beeping)
  • So when the Cobra would enter straights,
  • hardtop Ferraris and Porsches
  • would easily pass by them.
  • It wasn't until Pete Brock and the team over at Shelby
  • started designing the Daytona Coupe,
  • that's when they started beating the Ferraris.
  • The Daytona could blaze past the Cobra's top speed of 170,
  • despite them being identical under the hood.
  • Sometimes it's not the performance
  • or inconvenience of a convertible that makes it dumb.
  • Sometimes they just looks dumb.
  • Have you ever seen the Nissan Murano Cross Cabriolet?
  • I mean, what is that word?
  • Ugh, how about the PT Cruiser convertible?
  • That crossbar is horrendous.
  • How about the Range Rover Evoque convertible?
  • What the (bleeped) were they thinking?
  • I mean, some cars are meant to be convertibles,
  • like the BMW Z3.
  • The body lines flow, even with the lack of a roof.
  • But you put a roof on the Z4,
  • that makes it an M Coupe, and it looks freaking sick.
  • And how could you forget the Miata?
  • It's a classic.
  • Oh, and the Mark 1 Cabrio.
  • It might look weird, but it's surprisingly sick.
  • I would totally rock this thing.
  • A little slow.
  • But sometimes it looks like the car companies
  • design the cars and then make them convertibles
  • as an afterthought.
  • Lexus SC430, anyone?
  • Remember the 350Z Roadster?
  • Ugh, what about the Solara, with the chunky butt?
  • That's what they called me in football.
  • As far as safety is concerned, though,
  • modern convertibles are just about as safe
  • as non-convertibles, which is very impressive.
  • The biggest danger being a rollover, of course.
  • - Whoo. (upbeat music)
  • - But convertibles now have automatic roll bars
  • that pop up in the event of a rollover.
  • They're extremely effective,
  • and when paired with a reinforced A pillar,
  • they prevent serious injury.
  • It's actually really impressive.
  • Like if they didn't invent these safety features,
  • convertibles might be illegal today,
  • like think about that.
  • You may be safe in a convertible, but
  • your stuff might not be.
  • Unless you keep your car completely empty of any valuables,
  • a convertible is basically a free box
  • for anyone daring to commit minor larceny.
  • Even if you have your ragtop up,
  • someone can easily cut it with a small knife
  • and there goes your book of CDs
  • that you've had since middle school.
  • I had Green Day, American Idiot.
  • Didn't have any Slipknot at that time.
  • (upbeat music)
  • Here at Donut, we love all cars.
  • That's kind of our thing,
  • and every convertible that we featured today
  • has been an employee car.
  • I think every car is cool,
  • so I don't want to come off as a giant dick,
  • 'cause I don't really hate convertibles.
  • I actually like them.
  • If you're looking for a second or third car,
  • I think they're a great choice.
  • They're a lot of fun to drive and be in.
  • But if you're looking to own a convertible for daily driving
  • I would definitely give it some thought.
  • It's not gonna perform as well
  • as a normal version of that car,
  • and you're probably gonna have to deal with
  • a bunch of things like mold, rain,
  • and maybe someone stealing your stuff,
  • and of course, birds (bleeped) in your mouth.
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  • (upbeat music)

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