<blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:<hr /><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by Kristian Benning:
<strong>OZ Racing do nice forged alloys - set of four 7*16" Superleggeras for just over £500 (not including tyres)
Wisrute, I understand that lighter alloys can improve handling, throttle response etc, but is it really noticable on the road?
The above OZ wheels weight 6KG each where the 16" rims on a 156 that come with the sport pack weigh about 9KG each.</strong><hr /></blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Kristian, are you positive that the Supperleggeras are forged? I'm not sure myself, but I thought OZ uses titanium alloy in the mix to make them lighter while retaining the casting process.
But to answer your question, lighter alloys DO make a difference on the roads. I had 17" Teledials on, and the 1st gear take up was rather sluggish compared to OEM 16" Teledials or Siena 17". My SW has even lighter rims and the car is more responsive during overtaking especially between 40 - 100km/h. The question is whether you think the price of the alloys justify the improvements.
PS: Mugen Honda insists all their cars wear these light, forged alloys to optimize handling and power. Their alloys are VERY expensive.