IN my unprofessional opinion I would say that they have been lowered....definately the one in the first post. I mean he wouldnt go for all those mods (wheels, brakes, front spoiler plus it looks a high spec MCS) and not have it lowered!!
Hate to differ, but they're definitely Binno's, Rioman... as a Brazilian, you should know
The Detroits have a bent halfway down the spoke, the Binnos don't. The red MCS (and the PhotoShopped gold MCS too for that matter) definitely sports Binnos (I have them fitted to mine, so I can be pretty sure about it)
I'm rather fond of the Binnos as well; although I've had mine for a few months now, I'm not yet bored with them and still think they look great...
I did have to make some minor adjustments though: with the Eibach lowering springs (-30mm) and a bumpy road, the rear wheels hit the rear upper quarter of the rear wheel whells. More so when you're not just in there by yourself.
The cause of the rubbing is the width of the wheels. Binno only makes 8" wide 18 inchers... Even with an ET of 40mm (the maximim offset you can get), they're still pretty close to the inside of the plastic wheel arch rim. I'd like to fit 225 or wider (the wheels are a bit wider than the 215 tyres at the moment), but then I need to get the arches widened or the camber changed... not sure which would be the better option. Not even sure I want to go through with that.
On top of that, I used a chisel to remove some of the plastic wheel liner near the wheel arch rims (the parts that rubbed before I had the bump stops fitted) just to be on the safe side.
The Binnos are even heavier that the OEM 17" S85's that came with the Chili Pack (fitted with P Zero's, they weighed in at 22kg each), so the ride can be a bit (though not too much so) harsh at times. But you get alround better looks in return
Wheel noise isn't excessive either, though perhaps a bit more noticeable then with the Dunlop runflats fitted as standard. But the grip you get with the P Zeros defies belief
The Binnos are made in Brazil, so I'd guess you shouldn't have more trouble finding a dealer then I do here in Europe, right?
Here's one US dealer (Bellflower, CA)(might have to ask for the B3/B1000's though, as they're not mentioned on their site):