This week on my Facebook Page I’ve been sharing a lot of super clean Audis rocking the OEM 5 spoke “Rotor” wheels, which is one of Audi’s best OEM wheel designs in my humble opinion…and my Facebook fans seem to agree, as these pictures have gotten tons of likes and comments with others either already rocking those wheels or wishing they were. I decided it would be cool to create a post of various Audi models that didn’t originally come with these wheels but are sporting them now in an OEM-plus look, which brings us to this post here, starting with my friend Will’s B7 RS4 above on 20×9 ET26 OEM Rotor Wheels lowered nicely on some STaSIS Motorsports coilovers. The 20×9 size was an OEM option on the RS4s and S5 in Europe, as well as an option on the US Spec RS5s.
These wheels also look great on the “narrow body” B7 A4 or S4, such as staticuxo’s B7 S4 avant above. In this picture he is rocking OEM Audi S5 Rotor Wheels, which are 19×9 ET33 much like the OEM S5 Peelers I ran a while ago. The fitment is perfect on these cars, pretty aggressive yet still suitable for daily driving and a nice amount of concavity. Let’s just say I have my eyes peeled for a set of these myself in exactly these specs 🙂
Of course, they look good on older models too – in the above, a B6 S4 is rocking the OEM S5 Rotor wheels and looking great. What I love about newer OEM wheels on an “older” model is that it makes the whole car seem newer by blending the two styles. The lines of the B6 also work well with the 5 spoke design, and the gunmetal spokes work well with black too – well done by Audizine user “8cylinders” in New Zealand.
To continue our journey back in time, these wheels even work well on the B5, such as this European B5 RS4 avant pictured above. It’s truly a versatile wheel, which is why I think we’re seeing them come as an option and more and more newer Audis too.
But let’s not limit ourselves to the older models – they look super fresh on newer models too. For instance, these OEM RS5 wheels look great on a S5 or A5 – they’re wider and more concave than what came factory, but otherwise close to stock looking. With a nice drop such as above, it really sets the car off. The car above was done by TAG Motorsports here in the San Diego area and has KW height adjustable springs to complete the look.
Another example of the OEM rotor wheel on a newer car is this Q5 owned by Audiworld user Jazzy, pictured above with 21×9 S8 wheels. It’s super clean, and 21″ seems to be a great size to fill those large fenders.
They also look great on an allroad, such as the above owned by Audiziner “Spaghetti” which is running OEM RS5 Titanium Rotor Wheels which are 20×9 and fill out the “widebody” fender work of the car pretty nicely if I don’t say so myself.
Another awesome example is this TTRS sporting 20×8.5 ET45 A6 Titanium Rotor wheels, which looks menacing as you can see (these also work great on A3s). In all of the examples above, the magic formula for rotor wheels seems to be this: go 1″ larger than factory, and opt for the titanium package editions (gunmetal spokes, machined/silver outer perimeter) and voila – you’ve got a super clean, super OEM look.
The problem with these wheels coming OEM on newer cars like the B8(.5) Audi S4, TTRS, and other models is that Audi always uses a conservative fitment both in terms of offset, width, and height to preserve the ride quality for the average owner. While you can use spacers to push them out and give it a more flush look, the concavity is something you can’t control. The OEM S4 and S6 wheels particular don’t have a lot of concavity, whereas the S5 or RS5 Rotor wheels have a lot more concavity to them that really stands out. ALWAYS4AUDI on Audizine is rocking OEM S6 wheels in the above picture which look great as they are plus-sized over the OEM 19×8.5 S4 wheels, but the concavity isn’t quite as strong as some of the other options out there so it’s not quite as aggressive. Audiziner “ballinb5” posted this pic to show what the OEM B8 S4 wheels look like (19×8.5 ET43) versus the OEM S5 (19×9 ET33) to get an idea of just how much of a difference in concavity there is:
Different OEM Options & Sizes for the Rotor Wheels:
- 19×8.5 ET43 – OEM B8 Audi Wheel (lower concave)
- 19×9 ET52 – OEM Audi TTRS Wheel (lower concave, lower offset – pretty much only good for TTs, A3s, or VWs)
- 19×9 ET33 – OEM B8 S5 Audi Wheel (more concave, great for aggressive fitment on B7s)
- 20×8.5 ET45 – OEM A6 Wheels (lower concave, great for very aggressive TT & A3)
- 20×9 ET40 – OEM S6 Wheels (lower concave, good for B8/B8.5 A4/S4)
- 20×9 ET26 – OEM RS5, RS4 Wheel (great on Allroad, B8 A5/S5, B7 RS4s and others)
- 21×9 ET35 – OEM S7, S8 Wheel – works great on a Q5/SQ5
- 19×8.5 ET42 (F) and 19×11 ET50 (R) – OEM R8 Wheels – not really practical to run these on anything but an R8, but might as well complete the list!
Likewise Audi made these in a few finishes, most commonly all silver or “Titanium” which is what you see pictured here. The TTRS also had a few special finishes including gloss black, and gloss black with red accents/outer perimeter that are pretty cool.
In addition to OEM options, there are aftermarket/replica versions out there if you’re looking for a fitment not normally available from Audi. My favorite are made by ADV.1 in a partnership with rs-quattro.com such as pictured above – they gave the wheels a step look, more aggressive offsets, and they’re forged so they weigh less than OEM – the only downside is they’re very pricey, as anything is from ADV.1. Hartmann also makes some high quality replicas that are worth checking out, but I’d stay away from the slew of Chinese or no-name replicas out there that might be of dubious quality.
Speaking of replicas, here is a B7 rocking 20×10 Titanium Rotors made by Forge-Wheels – talk about aggressive fitment! It looks great on this car, but the owner did tell me there was a lot of rubbing and it wasn’t a very practical setup.
Got any other cars rocking plus sized OEM Rotor wheels you think deserve a spot here? Send me an email or leave a comment below, I’d love to keep this post up-to-date…who knows, maybe I’ll post a picture of my own car on these wheels sometime in the future if I can ever find a set of S5 rotors for a reasonable price 🙂
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