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Is the Model X spoiler fixed or retractable?

Twiddler

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Apr 19, 2012
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DFW
In every instance that I can recall from the event tonight, the spoilers on the Model X were in the "up" position, which begs the question, are they actually fixed permanently (and the mules shown without them simply did not have spoilers installed) or manually retractable? You would think that if the latter was the case, one of them would have had the spoiler down, which if that was the case, I didn't notice it.

MODs: There probably is already a thread on this, but I could not find it - please consolidate if one already does exist. Thanks.
 

Skotty

2014 S P85 | 2020 3 P19"
Jun 27, 2013
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Kansas City, MO
A press release had this to say:


Model X comes standard with an active spoiler that automatically adjusts to three positions for maximum visibility and efficiency. Under 45 mph, the spoiler is positioned so the driver can see above and below it. At higher speeds the spoiler partially retracts for improved highway efficiency (+1.6%), and optimizes the vehicle's lift distribution. Model X is the only car with an active spoiler equipped with a center-high-mounted stop lamp (CHMSL).
 

hockeythug

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Jun 3, 2013
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A press release had this to say:


Model X comes standard with an active spoiler that automatically adjusts to three positions for maximum visibility and efficiency. Under 45 mph, the spoiler is positioned so the driver can see above and below it. At higher speeds the spoiler partially retracts for improved highway efficiency (+1.6%), and optimizes the vehicle's lift distribution. Model X is the only car with an active spoiler equipped with a center-high-mounted stop lamp (CHMSL).

No idea why this wasn't mentioned during the event.
 

gavine

Petrol Head turned EV Enthusiast
Apr 1, 2014
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Philadelphia, PA
From the Model X website:

"Model X is able to achieve 250 miles of range in part because it is the most aerodynamic SUV in production. At 0.24, Model X's drag coefficient is 20% lower than the next best SUV. In addition, an active spoiler deploys to one of three preset positions when Model X, optimizing visibility, highway efficiency and stability."

By the way, there's a typo or something there...."when Model X" doesn't make sense in the context. Am I reading it incorrectly or is that a mistake?
 

Johan

Ex got M3 in the divorce, waiting for EU Model Y!
Feb 9, 2012
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Drammen, Norway
From the Model X website:

"Model X is able to achieve 250 miles of range in part because it is the most aerodynamic SUV in production. At 0.24, Model X's drag coefficient is 20% lower than the next best SUV. In addition, an active spoiler deploys to one of three preset positions when Model X, optimizing visibility, highway efficiency and stability."

By the way, there's a typo or something there...."when Model X" doesn't make sense in the context. Am I reading it incorrectly or is that a mistake?

Typo. Poor proof reading. It's still there.
 

James Anders

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Mar 13, 2014
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2016-tesla-model-x-spoiler.jpg
 

gavine

Petrol Head turned EV Enthusiast
Apr 1, 2014
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2,127
Philadelphia, PA
From the Model X website:

"Model X is able to achieve 250 miles of range in part because it is the most aerodynamic SUV in production. At 0.24, Model X's drag coefficient is 20% lower than the next best SUV. In addition, an active spoiler deploys to one of three preset positions when Model X, optimizing visibility, highway efficiency and stability."

By the way, there's a typo or something there...."when Model X" doesn't make sense in the context. Am I reading it incorrectly or is that a mistake?

I emailed "[email protected]" to notify them of the mistake. They fixed it:

"Model X is able to achieve 250 miles of range in part because it is the most aerodynamic SUV in production. At 0.24, Model X's drag coefficient is 20% lower than the next best SUV. In addition, an active spoiler deploys from the rear liftgate to optimize highway efficiency and stability."

Notice they also removed the "three preset positions".
 

ecarfan

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Sep 21, 2013
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West Vancouver, British Columbia
Wow, that's responsive. I too was puzzled by the "three positions" language. And I'm still puzzled about how the spoiler works. So far I haven't seen it fully retracted. I would have thought that it would be flush at low speeds.
I emailed "[email protected]" to notify them of the mistake. They fixed it:

"Model X is able to achieve 250 miles of range in part because it is the most aerodynamic SUV in production. At 0.24, Model X's drag coefficient is 20% lower than the next best SUV. In addition, an active spoiler deploys from the rear liftgate to optimize highway efficiency and stability."

Notice they also removed the "three preset positions".
 

Twiddler

Member
Apr 19, 2012
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DFW
And here we are again. A pretty big design element to the vehicle (it cannot go without being noticed from almost any angle) yet no definitive data on when and how it works, how effective it is, etc? Particularly since it was noted to have a taillight several times during the presentation and on the website. BFD. I think many of us have built up pretty high expectations, at least myself included, over the multiple delays, presumably for R&D purposes, to have so few answers. I feel like I knew the prototype much, much better after its release than I know this car.

And I guess that is what is so paradoxical about this. Most of us who are owners have only excellent things to say about Tesla service - they are some of the most professional, responsive, hard-working people out there. But the general PR arm of Tesla is a nightmare!
 

ecarfan

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Sep 21, 2013
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West Vancouver, British Columbia
New X info on the Tesla website. See Model X Press Kit | Tesla Motors
Quote: "Model X comes standard with an active spoiler that automatically adjusts to three positions for maximum visibility and efficiency. Under 45 mph, the spoiler is positioned so the driver can see above and below it. At higher speeds the spoiler partially retracts for improved highway efficiency (+1.6%), and optimizes the vehicle’s lift distribution"
So the X spoiler is standard. Below 45 it is at max height. At higher speeds it is at one of two lower heights, based on speed. That is how I interpret that statement.
 

goneskiian

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Nov 16, 2012
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New X info on the Tesla website. See Model X Press Kit | Tesla Motors
Quote: "Model X comes standard with an active spoiler that automatically adjusts to three positions for maximum visibility and efficiency. Under 45 mph, the spoiler is positioned so the driver can see above and below it. At higher speeds the spoiler partially retracts for improved highway efficiency (+1.6%), and optimizes the vehicle’s lift distribution"
So the X spoiler is standard. Below 45 it is at max height. At higher speeds it is at one of two lower heights, based on speed. That is how I interpret that statement.
Which is odd because the design studio still says the P90D is the only model that comes with the active spoiler and the other two show pictures of it up like it's fixed that way. I'm guessing this is a ploy to sell more P's. ;-)
 

Twiddler

Member
Apr 19, 2012
552
58
DFW
Yeah, we have a regular 90D ordered, and despite the configuration there is still a spoiler depicted in our order image. Odd...

spoiler issue.png
 

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