Looking back over the past year I realized I never posted pictures of the OEM 19×9 ET33 S5 wheels I ran for about a month – so this post is long overdue! I found these wheels while surfing Craigslist at a VERY attractive price (~$600) and was looking to change it up from my BBS CH wheels at the time, so I scooped these up along with a lightly used set of Michelin Pilot Super Sports to produce the setup pictured above.
Fitting these was pretty simple – despite the wider wheels and more aggressive offset, the wheels bolted on with no fender rolling or modifications needed other than hubcentric rings, which you can purchase on the right. The B8 platform has a 66.6mm hub and the B6/B7 Audis have a 57.1mm hub, so this ring simply adapts the two – it is very safe and common to run these on aftermarket wheels, including BBS.
I then fitted the wheels with 235/35/19 Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires. The only rubbing occured over bumps or very hard cornering, but nothing too drastic and fine for daily driving. The tires had a very small amount of stretch on a 9″ wide wheel, but nothing to be concerned about and actually looked pretty nice. This entire setup had a very subtle way of being aggressive – from a distance to the untrained eye, it looked like a stock setup. Up close, a real enthusiast can tell they’re wider wheels with an aggressive offset that fits perfectly flush with the B7 fender.
My favorite part was the concavity of these wheels – with the aggressive offset and the design of the wheels, they poked out every so slightly and really drew your attention to both the lines of the wheels and the car itself. You can see in the picture above both the amount of stretch in the tire (minimal) as well as the concavity of the spokes for the S5 – this same wheel design was used on the B8 S4 in a 8.5″ wheel with a higher offset and those wheels don’t have nearly as much concavity, so I definitely recommend picking up the S5 wheels over the S4 wheels if you can swing it and don’t mind a tiny bit of stretch and rubbing from time to time.
After running these for a little while, including Targa Trophy, I got tired of having two sets of black wheels so I put both up for sale – these happened to sell quicker, and for slightly more than what I spent on them, so it was a no brainer to let them go. I kind of wish i had kept them and painted them a different color, but they went to a good home and look great on the new owner’s B7 A4. It’s definitely a great setup for someone looking for an OEM plus look, and the fact that they’re OEM wheels means that they’re plenty strong and great for daily use, albeit slightly heavy compared to aftermarket options.
On a related note, the Michelin Pilot Super Sports were great tires the short time I had them – nice and quiet, plenty grippy, and a nice tread pattern. I didn’t keep them long enough to do an extended review, nor did I drive on them very hard, but I wouldn’t mind running another set again some day. The only downside to these tires is the price, at nearly $250 a corner, but I was able to pick this set up used for just a few thousand miles for $400 cash on Craigslist, which was a great deal given their condition.
That’s all I have for pics, hope someone out there finds this post helpful! Leave a comment with any questions or to share a pic of your ride 🙂
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