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What's with the black wheels trend?

 
Old 04-26-2018, 04:21 AM
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I agree. I understand some people like different colored wheels. But from the factory?

My white Z51 came with black wheels and up close look great, but from a distance look like it has no wheels and sitting on blocks. Personal opinion.
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Black wheels started as a popular aftermarket addition that gave car owners a way to differentiate their vehicles. As most things in the "tuner" world, a lot of these design trends have made it into the OEM world because manufacturers realized it was something they could basically charge more money for. The same principle applies to more aggressive body kits, exhausts, racing-inspired seats, etc. Back in the day it was pretty had to distinguish a BMW M3 from a regular 3-series unless you were an enthusiast. These days they have scoops and vents everywhere, different wheels, M badges everywhere you look.

They also became common first on exotics, high end cars, and motorsports. Like anything we associate with luxury and extremes, it trickles down and gets appropriated by the masses.

Black wheels also provide more contrast with the lighter color of brake rotors and the oft-painted calipers, so it's another way to emphasize the sportiness of a car. This works better on some cars than others. I never liked black wheels on my current car (BMW Z4M coupe) but I think they look awesome on the C7. IMO, something critical to pulling off black wheels is that they need to be large — at least 19".

Ultimately it's also just a fashion trend. When I was in my teens black sneakers were the way to go, but for the past several years white sneakers are cool again.

Now, chrome is an entirely separate can of worms. It has a time and a place, but why people would choose chrome wheels on a sports car defies understanding.
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Originally Posted by nexxis View Post
I agree. I understand some people like different colored wheels. But from the factory?

My white Z51 came with black wheels and up close look great, but from a distance look like it has no wheels and sitting on blocks. Personal opinion.


I've felt that way for a long time. Having said that, however, I do like a wheel with a polished outer rim, with a black center.
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Old 03-13-2019, 03:46 PM
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Most of the new vettes come with black wheels, I donít understand it. Polished or chrome for me. YMMV.
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Brake dust....is this more than 3 characters?
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Old 03-15-2019, 03:05 PM
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my wife and I are pushing 70, black is what we love !!!!! don't get that they don't look great with the black tires or don't stand out ?????
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Old 05-01-2019, 12:12 PM
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I do think it depends on the color of the car and what your taste is. I don't mind any color wheels as long as it compliments the color of the car
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