In the latest installment of Department 180, the inspiring engineers at The General put the Camaro drop-top through a multitude of quality and durability tests to make sure the pony car variant fits their extreme quality control standards.
The experiments commence with the universal water test, which calls for people to be present in the car (cabin and even trunk) while dumping 900 gallons of water per minute on the vehicle in an effort to make sure the the H20 doesn’t make its way to the interior. The roof durability test comes second and involves the continuous cycling (opening and closing) of the soft top in an accelerated fashion for more than 7,500 cycles, which represents the way in which a customer would use the top over the life of the car. Lastly, the road noise data test examines cabin quietness using a human-ear mimicking device called the aachen head.
At the end of the day, the engineers performed the same extreme tests on a Ford Mustang and have come to the conclusion that the Camaro simply handles them better. We’d bet that part of the reason for the conclusion is the fact that the Mustang doesn’t have a three-ply convertible top made of acrylic square weave outer fabric with an acoustical liner made of rubber joined by an inner reinforcing cotton layer. Right?