Is This Spoiler Really Necessary? - 2010 Volkswagen GTI Long-Term Road Test
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2010 Volkswagen GTI: Is This Spoiler Really Necessary?

July 07, 2010

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More often than not, okay almost always, the answer to this question is an obvious "no." The ratio of spoilers that generate worthwhile downforce to spoilers that generate profits for Chinese plastics companies is probably 1 to 10.

Does this spoiler do much? I don't really know. I'm sure there's some engineer working in a basement in Wolfsburg that does. What I do know is that it gives the GTI a much sharper silhouette than the standard Golf, an upgrade that's instantly noticeable from a distance. Yes, a shallow reason for liking such an add-on but it's still a good one if I do say so myself.

Anyone have a better reason?

Ed Hellwig, Senior Editor @ 8,262 miles

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