March 07, 2018
This was the first set of non-OEM wheels I ever purchased for any of the cars I've owned. I wanted an 18" mesh wheel and I'll admit, despite being it a budget line, the Sparco wheel's connection to OZ helped make my decision. I waited to make a review until a year had passed and I had a chance to put at least 10,000 miles on the wheel/tire combo I bought here at TireRack. I have a 2011 e90 X-Drive/AWD BMW and have driven these wheels on all manner of terrain and up to the maximum speed the N52 engine allows. They've been amazingly robust, and despite having hit some gnarly potholes and been on some very poorly maintained roads, they haven't gone out of round or broken in any way. The "light grey paint" is way darker grey than the stock pictures and ended up being a near perfect visual match to BMW's Space Grey paint (same color as a Space Grey iPhone/iPad/Macbook). I matched them with some all-season non-runflat tires and found the ride quality to be somewhat louder but way more sporty in the turns than the stock 17x8 wheels and runflats that came with the car. Cleaning is easy with a wheel brush and the factory paint has been pristine through dozens of scrubbings. The "S" Sparco center caps and branding is classy and understated unlike some of the cheesy logos that come on 3rd party rims, and the overall package of these wheels really nicely matches the bodywork of the BMW. The only negative I can say is that the front wheels just barely rub at full lock, but not enough to be bummed or warrant spacers. I've put 11,900 miles on these Pro Corsas, bought a 5th wheel to keep as a spare, and expect to own them as long as I own the car which will hopefully be many more years. If you have a Space Grey Bimmer or a car with similar grey paint, these wheels will look sweet and classy on your ride.