Originally Posted by lucid
Not sure why people suspect this. Why wouldn't BMW spend whatever time is necessarily to design high quality wheels? How are wheels any different than any other component of the car? Then they should also be less than optimal with the engine, suspension, transmission, engine, etc...
BBS has the same concern here. It's not as if all BBS rims are made for the track. Actually, most aren't.
I don't see a major difference between the numbers you are quoting above. We were discussing the stock 19" wheels weighing more than 28/29 lbs, which is over the top I think.
Yes, but the stock 19" wheels are by no means cheap. It's not as if BMW is giving them away. $1200 as an option
. And as Greg is saying, in volume they would be comparable in value to a set of aftermarket wheels which sell for $3k. I'm not taking any offense in any of this. We're just discussing.
I agree with everything, and I don't expect them to be 28-30 lb, but still not 23. The 26 I can accept, just not the 23. Also, one must note that BBS primarily makes wheels, i.e. they spend day and night producing and researching ways to make stronger wheels. BMW, although a VERY large company, doubtfully allocates a large portion of it to wheel design.