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Join Date: Jul 2008
Re: Awful 156
I am sorry the spoilers are lost on me.
I see the 156 as a tasteful, distinctive sporty saloon.
The high wing would seem more befitting of a Subaru or Evo to me.
The low one looks like it would fit a Mk1 Capri quite well.
As someone contemplating an Alfa, it just turns me off when I see one with a rear wing. A local trader has a black 156 with the bloodbath red leather, which I am finding oddly appealing but it has a rear wing. That many 156s are being broken it would seem relatively easy to get a black boot lid without the spoiler and swap it round.
Look at the GTAs, especially the Estate ones, they look full of intent without such rear wings.
I don't get the rear spoliers on the GTVs either.
Are these wings at all functional? Has someone tested them and said how much downforce they provide at 100mph?
I think one of the few spoliers that I find acceptable are the rear wedge spoiler on the original SAAB 900 Turbo, and I think the 2 door T16S with the rear wing looks OK too, but the Alfas (156 and GTV) are so aesthetically 'right' as standard that to me the rear spoilers look out of kilter.
I quite like the facelifted Mk11 Primeras (wishbones, camchain 2 litre engine) but looking at one (a GT hatchback) but seeing one at an auction a few years ago, it was bubbling around the mounting points of the spolier. Having had 2 Fiats I get a little wary of things that trap dirt and moisture and unnecessary holes in bodywork like sunroofs.