Thread: 18s vs 19s
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      08-26-2008, 09:21 AM   #27
GregW / Oregon

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The old 18 vs. 19 debate

Originally Posted by footie View Post

Your opinion shouldn't get a back lash from the site members, it's a fact which I happen to agree with, as does BMW themselves. Lets face it, if the BMW had been a better performer overall on the 19" BMW would have fitted them as standard but they didn't, also almost all of the testing conducted on the ring involved the use of 18" alloys.
I think the main reason 18s are standard, is like on most cars, upsized wheels are profit items, plus they would raise the base price if standard as they cost more to produce. Why did BMW fit the CSL, their higest performing E46 with 19s if 18s worked better?

I actually don't agree on the looks either, I think the 18" give the car a more aggressive image that better suits the performance and the car. The 19" are bling and the M3 is about performance, not posing.
On some colors I think the 18s look okay. Too bad they don't have a more silver version. The looks part is personal, with no right or wrong--I happen to like the 19s.

Greg Lake Oswego, Oregon, USA
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