Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Hillsboro, OR
Vehicle: '06 SLK280, 6-speed, Premium package, Bilstein B12 suspension
Other Toys: '00 C230 Kompressor Special Edition
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But respect the style tip, I can understand from your words that the SLK200 is so power-limited car that does not deserve nice rims? All those rims meet the TUV.
No, was not implying that at all. Merely that if you add unsprung weight, you will feel that the car is more sluggish in it's response. with wider rubber, it may have higher ultimate grip in corners, so you can take those slightly faster but the additional mass affects how quickly you accelerate and brake from that speed. And lower-power cars are more obvious about that since you can't just pin the accelerator to overcome the greater rolling inertia. I love the color-matched 17s on my '04 Jetta TDI, but the difference in acceleration is dramatic with those rims on instead of the factory 15s...because they are significantly heavier. I'll accept the tradeoff on my daily driver, but not on my SLK.