Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Burlington, VT USA
Here are some rims I am seriously considering for my 24v 3.0 GTV6 project car. These are stock ALFA rims... but came on models that never made it to the US. These are 16 X 6.5, vs the stock 15 X 6.0. I've acquired one of these to double check offset and possible wheel well interferences, from a friend in Ireland. From some quick initial math, it looks like the additional 1/2" added to the width will end up here: 1/8th inch more inboard, and 3/8ths more outboard.
I'm not too concerned that the 1/8th" on the inboard side will interfere with suspension bits, as the extra 1/2" on the inside radius of the rim should more than offset that. Just need to make sure the extra 3/8ths on the outboard side won't scrape against the wheel wells at full lock. 3/8ths doesn't sound scary enough, tho. These Euro rims are hub-centric. Whereas, the the stock 15" units are stud-centric. So, a minor tweak to open up the hub center may be required.
If in selecting new tires, I try to maintain a similar O.D. on the 16" to the original 15" and metrics... I think this will keep the speedometer reading from becoming inaccurate. Plus, allowing the new setup to fit in the spare tire recess in the trunk. In selecting a new tire, I also have some control in the width of the tire.
The Euro rims are several years newer than the 1975-1986 body shape of the GTV6. So, the newer styling on the Euro units were meant to be shown on softer, more rounded, body shapes. So, my last test, before committing to a full set, was to ensure these rims visually work with the older body shape.
Altho, I have a degree in Automobile Design, you'd think I might be the last word on that call. But, over the years I've owned over a dozen GTV6s. As I am very familiar with all 3 of the stock rims (Campys, TRX metrics, and the wine glass rims)... my mind is polluted by knowing what rims SHOULD appear on a GTV6. My visual favorites of the stock rims are the TRX phone dials. Maybe that's why I was drawn to the 16" Euro rims? The TRXs are metric, and come with a long set of minuses.
I've done a quick paste-up of these rims on a side view of a GTV6 that is close to my final body color choices. So far, I find that the high-contrast silver rims sucks your eye directly to them. My solution to this mild concern, is to paint (or powder coat) them a bit darker shade of silver... like a pewter or gunmetal.
I love the styling of these rims, and I love the styling on the GTV6 body. I'm just not 100% convinced the two love affairs are a recipe for a perfect marriage, yet. May take some getting used to before I can make a better call on that question. And this is why I am leaving an image of the combo, for you all to comment on. Go for it !