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To Spoiler, or not to Spoiler...Photos

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by TheAustin, Sep 10, 2012.

  1. smorgasbord

    smorgasbord Active Member

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    If you're not sure, get the spoiler, but ask that it not be installed, since you want to see what it'll look like first. Then try it with some blue removable tape.

    If you still don't like it, sell it here on TMC.
     
  2. TheAustin

    TheAustin Model X 90D (Former Model S P85)

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    To Carbon Fiber or not to Carbon Fiber...

    jkirkebo, I'm also getting the blue performance, sans spoiler, and I'm also glad that they got rid of the carbon fiber accents...I opted for the grey interior and the matte obeche wood trim...Again, the carbon fiber inside the Model S seemed like it was trying too hard (for a four-door sedan).


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    Onlinespending, there are TONS of photos (out there and on here) of the Model S without the spoiler...And not a lot with the spoiler, especially a nice detail photo of it. I was just trying to share with those in the group who were currently trying to decide if they should get it or not, and might not have seen a good detail shot of it.
     
  3. 4sevens.com

    4sevens.com Member

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    my thoughts exactly... dunno if they'll do it though
     
  4. nrcooled

    nrcooled P#8946 VIN 03225

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    If anyone opts for the spoiler and decides they don't want it I will buy it off of you. I'll pay shipping, handling, plus any labor associated with removing the spoiler. Just PM me if anyone is interested in selling their's.
     
  5. Larry Chanin

    Larry Chanin President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

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    I sent the following message to my Product Specialist:

    Here's the answer I received:

    Larry
     
  6. ToddRLockwood

    ToddRLockwood Active Member

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    Beyond the cool factor, is there any evidence that the spoiler actually does anything?
     
  7. gg_got_a_tesla

    gg_got_a_tesla Model S: VIN 65513, Model 3: VIN 1913

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    There's some suspicion that it may actually reduce the range just a trifle.
     
  8. ToddRLockwood

    ToddRLockwood Active Member

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    Ahhh. You may have just made up my mind for me. Thanks.
     
  9. NEWDL

    NEWDL R#350 R#1323 Sig23(traded) 8136, RWD LR 3, P3D

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    Like hold the 4700lb car to the road? LOL

    It is astectic and may increase downforce SLIGHTLY.

    If downforce is increased that could possibly decrease range but it would me minimal if at all noticeable.
     
  10. Larry Chanin

    Larry Chanin President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

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    Hi Todd,

    I'm guessing it does something...

    but you have to be going over 100 mph. :wink:

    Seriously, I'm guessing that at typical driving speeds the spoiler just adds a slight drag that may not be helpful, and at very high speeds it may add a measurable downforce which may have some utility. However, I am dubious that this feature was added for any real-word performance reason. I suspect the primary reason for adding this feature was merely to differentiate the Performance model from the the Standard model.

    Larry
     
  11. dsm363

    dsm363 Roadster + Sig Model S

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    I like the spoiler so would recommend getting it. It can always be removed without damage if you don't like it.
     
  12. PhatCat

    PhatCat Kisco Kid

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    Update for anyone on the fence about the spoiler. I am ordering the Performance in New Red but am unsure about the spoiler as there are no pix. I asked my configuration specialist if I could order with the spoiler but specify that it not be installed. He replied that the Production folks said this is not possible. I then asked if he could verify that it is removable by the owner. He said that they could not guarantee that the paint would not be damaged.

    I understand the legal CYA but still ....
     
  13. artsci

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    I really don't like it, especially in carbon fiber. IMHO it looks like an afterthought. If it really made a major difference in the drag coefficient, it would be built in, so my guess is that it actually has an adverse effect on drag.
     
  14. Vger

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    I agree. I deleted it from our Signature Red Performance. Aesthetically, I think the rear of the car contains some of its loveliest and most subtle lines. They do not need adornment. But that is a matter of individual taste.

    What is more objective, is that it DOES increase the drag and hence reduces the range of the car, at highway speeds. The aerodynamic purpose of a spoiler is to increase downforce at the expense of increased drag. Downforce enhances traction, but only at very high speeds (>100 mph, generally). A 4,600 lb. car driven generally slower than 100 mph does not need a spoiler, functionally.

    It would be nice if Tesla would publish actual aero numbers on this.
     
  15. dsm363

    dsm363 Roadster + Sig Model S

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    That's strange. I was told the opposite but that was earlier in the process. I was told I could delete it and that if I didn't like it that it was easily removable by a Ranger without damage to the car.
     
  16. Al Sherman

    Al Sherman It's about THIS car.

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    Did your mom and dad get it Dave?
     
  17. dsm363

    dsm363 Roadster + Sig Model S

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    The got a non-performance version Sig so no spoiler. Looks nice as well.
     
  18. htsai14752

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    Car looks cleaner without a spoiler. I might consider if the spoiler was color matched with the body color of the car.
     
  19. yobigd20

    yobigd20 Well-Known Member

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    As it only comes in carbon fiber, I think it looks weird on anything but black. Especially on the signature red. That red color with a carbon fiber spoiler is just UGLY. I have trouble understanding Tesla's thought process here. Why didn't they offer it in body-matching colors? Anywho, doesn't matter for me. I am getting a black performance, so I am keeping it on mine. If I was getting any other color, I would have removed it.
     
  20. byt

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    I'm getting it on my Pearl White as I love the contrast and have the dark rims to match it.
     

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