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Do you like the spoiler? And what is its aerodynamic impact?


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#41 OFFLINE   Texasota

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Posted 10 March 2015 - 12:20 PM

Very interesting posts in this thread but the majority of the information and data cited indicates that the spoiler, by itself, affects the aerodynamic characteristics of our FFHs in a very small way at best. The MPG benefit is so small that none of us would ever be able to measure it at the gas pump where it really matters. It would seem that for all practical purposes the spoiler is a styling component and a matter of personal taste.

 

I'm glad Ford makes it an option for those that like it and for those that don't you can purchase a FFH without it.  Makes us all happy, right?


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Posted 10 March 2015 - 12:27 PM

Very interesting posts in this thread but the majority of the information and data cited indicates that the spoiler, by itself, affects the aerodynamic characteristics of our FFHs in a very small way at best. The MPG benefit is so small that none of us would ever be able to measure it at the gas pump where it really matters. It would seem that for all practical purposes the spoiler is a styling component and a matter of personal taste.

 

I'm glad Ford makes it an option for those that like it and for those that don't you can purchase a FFH without it.  Makes us all happy, right?

Excellent summary of the discussion thus far. SE models can get the spoiler as part of the 501A (Appearance) Package and Titanium models can remove it when ordering.


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#43 OFFLINE   Hybrider

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Posted 10 March 2015 - 03:52 PM

Go, SE Appearance Package!!! cheerleader-108.gif

Oh sorry, got a little carried away there.

 

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#44 OFFLINE   Iwejun

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Posted 09 June 2015 - 03:26 PM

Not all spoilers are made to produce downforce, some are incorporated into a design to "push" the low pressure area that is produced by the rearend further away from the car so there is less drag.  I have the spoiler and compared to other cars that are producing spray at highway speeds I produce very little and what is visible is very low and back quite a ways before I see it.  Throw the BS flag if you want but they were into aero with this car not only for looks but as an excercise.


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Posted 10 June 2015 - 02:31 PM

IMO, next time Ford should make the spoiler such that it can be mounted with adhesive by a dealer after delivery without needing to drill into the trunk. That would truly satisfy both camps - people who want the spoiler can ask for it at the time of purchase, and people who don't want it won't have to resort to factory ordering. And people who buy used can manually remove the spoiler without creating holes.

 

I sat in a Titanium at the auto show and after feeling those awesome leather seats, I now know that my next Fusion would have to be Titanium. Just would like a simpler way to avoid the spoiler than factory ordering :)


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Posted 11 June 2015 - 05:45 PM

IMO, next time Ford should make the spoiler such that it can be mounted with adhesive by a dealer after delivery without needing to drill into the trunk. That would truly satisfy both camps - people who want the spoiler can ask for it at the time of purchase, and people who don't want it won't have to resort to factory ordering. And people who buy used can manually remove the spoiler without creating holes.

 

I sat in a Titanium at the auto show and after feeling those awesome leather seats, I now know that my next Fusion would have to be Titanium. Just would like a simpler way to avoid the spoiler than factory ordering :)

 

Or get the SE Hybrid with Luxury package (Equipment Group 502A) includes foglights, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, leather upholstery, heated front seats and driver-seat memory settings.


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Posted 11 June 2015 - 10:30 PM

 

Or get the SE Hybrid with Luxury package (Equipment Group 502A) includes foglights, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, leather upholstery, heated front seats and driver-seat memory settings.

 

That's exactly what I have. However, the leather quality in the SE vs the Titanium is quite different, sadly. If the two trims had the same kinds of leather seats I would be very happy.


Edited by machoman1337, 11 June 2015 - 10:30 PM.

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