i love the agility of my 15"s, i drove my mates one with 19s on and the steering felt sluggish tbh. his was pre facelift so i dont know if anythings changed since then, but i certainly noticed a difference.
If you are in the land of Perfect roads and endless summer, then 17s are pretty much perfect. Something really light like Team Dynamics or OZ Superleggeras
I, however, live in the land of endless potholes and broken pavement, and so I am trading in my harsh, heavy, slow, and expensive 17" S-lites for a set of 15X7 Team Dynamics PR1's with Yokohama AVS ES100's in 225-50-R15. This will be a grippy, tight, light setup that should be perfect for my area and driving style.
In all comes down to $$$ and reality. I see tons of people with three 18" wheels on their hondas, and one ugly spare donut since they smashed their wheel on a pothole. Around here its just not worth it... plus we have the worst roads in the country!
18's and 19's also start to really hurt performance, so I'd steer clear of those. Bad braking distances, slow acceleration, bad suspension response, and more road noise.
I've got 17" run flats on my S and was just telling my husband the other day that I'd like 16s instead, which made him a little angry since the 17s were much more expensive. I had 16s on my first MC and the drive was noticeably smoother.
And Rally Mini: I was in Chicago a few years ago and they had potholes the size of MINIs! Boston's worse?
15" 16" 17" 18", all depends on personal taste and how you want the car to look. If it is handling, ride, and performance you are more interested in DITCH the run flats and get a decent set of tyres, which will improve all of the areas mentioned. I have 18" TSW alloys, with 225/35 Yokohama Parada tyres, the ride is 10 times better than the run flats, and the grip amazing
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