Half of you probably already know what I’m talking about just from the headline. For the other half: Buckle up, friends. Because if you don’t look closely at the exhaust tips Ford Explorer STYou are about to enter the boundary distance between truth and deception, an area occupied entirely and exclusively by the four chrome-plated deception rings mounted on the back of every Ford-built ST Explorer since then. The high-performance variant has been launched in the year 2020.
I was inspired to write this after a visit to my local Lowe yesterday afternoon, when I saw the 2020-ish Explorer ST in the parking lot. In a way, this must have been the first time in my life that I got close enough to an ST to understand what’s going on with these exhaust tips—and again, I know I’m late to this thread, and all the discerning Explorer fans had their laughs and carried on. But this blew my mind, and now I’m sharing it with you.
Take a closer look at what’s going on here. The tips are polished trim pieces attached to an inverted exhaust. Here’s another angle to give you a better understanding of what’s going on.
And another angle:
scam! tricked! False insult to everything exhaust! However, somehow…. Not.
We can not call these “fake exhaust tips”, like what we see Some Lamborghini Miras and most modern VW Group products. Unlike those examples, the exhaust actually flows through the tips mounted on the Ford Explorer ST! Only in the most confused and unpredictable way.
I’m struggling to come up with an analogy here. It’s like having a trash can where the lid is permanently closed and everything goes in and out through a trap door at the bottom. Or a house where the front door switch opened a secret gate into an empty wall a few meters away.
I do not know. My brain was completely broken by the Explorer ST’s exhaust tips.
So they’re not “fake”, but they definitely don’t work the way their image makes you think they would. It’s not “functional” either – the car will function exactly the same if you remove it. But again, this applies to any brushed metal decorative ring that an automaker could attach to the end of an actual exhaust pipe. Certainly, then, this is a real and efficient exhaust tip. One who happens to be involved in a delightful and totally unexpected stunt.
I thought I would hate it, but I love it. God bless you, sneaky exhaust tips.