Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.5 16 EVO II – This purposeful and rare homologation special, reflecting the DTM Mercedes 190 competition cars, had a wild double-decker rear spoiler, plus a deep front air dam and unusual air deflector mounted on the rear window, which combined helped to lower the mini-Mercs’ drag coefficient to a respectable cd 0.29.
Porsche 911(930) Turbo – After Porsche’s early 911 ‘duck tail’, the now-famous ‘whale tail’ rear spoiler of the cult mid-1970s Porsche 911 Turbo set a trend, mimicked, but rarely bettered, on a number of rival coupes. To this day, Porsche continues to use rear spoilers on modern-era 911s, such as the 2015 991 GT3 RS, with its complex double-decker air dam, to improve air flow and stability.
BMW 3.0 CSL ‘Batmobile’ – As well as a deep chin spoiler and distinctive rubber strips mounted on the front wing tops to aid air flow management, the desirable ‘Batmobile’ homologation special of BMW’s handsome E9 coupe featured a substantial two-tier rear spoiler, claimed to add 8 mph to the lightweight model’s top speed.-
MG Metro – It may look tame today, but in the early 1980s the integrated rear rubber of the ‘sporty’ Metro model, wrapping around the MG’s tailgate, was quite revolutionary, and later copied by a number of rival small hot hatches, including the Vauxhall Nova Sri and Citroen AX GTi. Austin Rover trumped itself with the excessive tailgate top-mounted arch rear spoiler of the rallying MG Metro 6R4 though!
Plymouth Roadrunner Superbird/Dodge Charger Daytona – Chrysler’s ultimate muscle car offerings for the 1968 Model year were the Plymouth Roadrunner Superbird, and its sister Dodge Charger Daytona, with their famously huge and high tail spoilers, as originally used on the NASCAR competition racers of these road going models. A number of other American muscle cars of the late 1960s were fitted with leery rear diffusers, including the Mercury Cyclone, AMC Javelin, and so on, but none compared to the sheer scale and audacity of the Chrysler Group’s 1968 muscle-bound sisters.
Ferrari F40 – Ferrari’s first anniversary special, the F40 – built to mark the famed Maranello marque’s 40th birthday – established a pattern for exuberant integrated tail spoilers, also featured on the F50 anniversary special a decade later.
Subaru WRX STI – The notably large rear boot spoiler of Subaru’s cult WRX STI saloon typifies the bold rear aerofoils found on a number of other Japanese high performance machines, from the Mitsubishi Lancer EVO to the fourth-generation Toyota Supra. Japan’s love affair with extravagant spoilers kicked off with the mad roof-mounted device on Toyota’s 1969 EX1 concept car.
Alfa Romeo 156 – Arguably the finest looking saloon car of the 1990s, the giant boot spoiler, resembling the arch of Wembley Stadium, found on some derivatives of the handsome Alfa Romeo 156 was in sharp contrast to the saloon’s svelte shape.
Bentley Continental GT3-R – The bold, curved carbon fibre rear spoiler of the recent Continental GT3-R would come as a shock on any car, but on a Bentley it really demands attention.
Countach photo by The Supermat via Creative Commons
BMW 2002 photo by nakhon100 via Creative Commons
AC 3000ME photo by Charles01 via Creative Commons
Mercedes-Benz photo by Silverstone Auctions
BMW 3.0 CSL photo by Tom Shaxson
Plymouth photo by Adam Wilkins