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CF Spoiler... Function of Fashion

Anybody heard if the CF spoiler makes much of a difference in economy?

One of those "depends who you listen to" questions. FWIW, TM told me that the spolier is cosmetic only. Heard it from multiple TM employees at the GetAmped event.

I heard the same as nickjhowe.

Fashion!

Fashion

Spoils the pure lines of the MS. Increases dirt deposition around the license plate. Makes the car look like a car that's trying to look like it's faster than it is. Spoiler indeed! >;p :D

It's cosmetic.

You can remove it … if you change your mind…not sure if you can reapply if you change your mind again. It’s a fashion thing…like changing socks!

My understanding is that it is glued on with auto adhesive. Can be removed (with difficulty) and reapplied (with new glue) if you so wish.

@nickjhowe | FEBRUARY 7, 2013: My understanding is that it is glued on with auto adhesive. Can be removed (with difficulty) and reapplied (with new glue) if you so wish.

It's actually applied with what looks like standard double sided black 3M foam automotive tape. I watched as it was being applied to my car. Two strips are already mounted to the back of the spoiler. The red backing is pealed off and the spoiler attached to the rear. The tape is slightly recessed into the spoiler. Assuming you can remove the spoiler easily, you can then clean up the tape from the spoiler and re-apply new tape to remount the spoiler.

Thanks for the clarification.

After reading this, I drove down to Santana Row showroom to look at the black MS with the CF spoiler. Don't like it anymore. My car's already in production (expected Feb/Mar). I've requested that it be removed and delivered separately. Not sure if it is too late. Waiting for response ..

@tesla-ss - historically TM said that you could either have the spoiler on the car, or not at all. They would not supply it separately, and no refund if you decide not to take it. Hope you have better luck.

The support person I spoke to (couldn't reach my DS) told me that they can take it out at the service center before delivery. If they don't install it - I am fine with that - don't want it.

@tesla-ss | FEBRUARY 7, 2013: After reading this, I drove down to Santana Row showroom to look at the black MS with the CF spoiler. Don't like it anymore.

I had the spoiler installed after my delivery because it was not available at the time. Still not sure if I like it, but it differentiates the performance cars from the rest. I figured, since I paid extra for performance, I might as well flaunt it.

As a side note, the coating on the carbon fiber is a bit rubbery. I guess that prevents chipping. I don't know how the front lip could have chipped with that rubbery coating like Tesla said.

Thanks Alex. Perhaps like you and most everyone else with a P85, I assumed the CF spoiler was part of the "flaunt value" addition to the car. And I didn't bother to look at one at a show room - only saw the images online and in the design studio. My config is a P85 black/black, pano, piano. The same car (except the 21" grey wheels) was in the SR showroom today. The CF spoiler looked like an odd addition to the car - all fibrous with a mix of pale yellow and black - when the rest of the car simply has smooth, clean lines and looks great. If they end up installing it, I'll probably keep it for sometime to get comfortable with it. But right now, I want to try and see if they can take it out of the config before the car reaches that step (hopefully it hasn't)..

@nickjhowe: you were right. I now have confirmation from the configuration team. It's too late to take it out of the config (even if I simply don't want it). The best they can do is have the service center take out prior to delivery. I don't have a choice. I just hope it doesn't leave any scratches or marks on the car when they remove it..

After my wife took the Model S out for a test drive she parked it in the Bellevue Mall parking garage. She then went and opened the rear hatch which crashed into the concrete structure of the parking garage overhead. We all cringed but upon inspection the carbon fiber spoiler protected the car. No chips in the spoiler. So my conclusion is that the spoiler is functional as a bumper. :-) The salesman took the opportunity to then show us how the height that the hatch opens can be set to a lower height.

I have an MSP and opted to not have it installed; no cost savings at all. Not sure why I pulled that trigger! Now I want it back, but it will cost $1500! If anyone getting an MSP that comes standard with the CF spoiler but is opting to NOT have it installed... please have it installed and I'll pay to have it uninstalled, and shipped to me and we'll figure out how much I can pay you for your efforts. Please e-mail me: DrTaras@aol.com
Thanx, Ian O:-)
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