BMW Wheels Vs. AMG Wheels: Which Are Better And Which Have The Deeper Catalog?

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One thing I always have liked about BMWs is that you can always find them on remarkably cool wheels stock. It makes them all the more appealing when you see them for sale 20 years after they came off the showroom floor and whoa excuse me nevermind look at those AMG five spokes those are clean as hell.

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This all came to me the other day when I walked past a 2000s Mercedes E-Class on those smooth wheels with ‘AMG’ cut into one of the five spokes. I brought this up with my coworker Kristen who owns a 2000s AMG, whoa totally agreed that they looked awesome and then sent me a photo of a completely different set of smooth five spokes with AMG cut into the wheel. No, not that good five-spoke wheel, the other five spoke wheel, I nearly said, before realizing that AMG has offered approximately one hundred thousand different five-spoke wheel designs, each of which is authoritatively good.

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A personal fav are the extra old wide five-spokes you used to get on, for instance, a late ‘90s E55 AMG, as pictured above. These must be in the running for the beefiest looking wheel available from the factory.

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I also forgot there were many iterations of this ideal, as well. Look at that the multi-piece ones on this early ‘90s R129 6.0 AMG pictured above.

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BMW wheels, however, should not be discounted, and I think that the BMW catalog may be deeper than AMG’s. So many multispoke wheels through the years. So, so many meshies.

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It might be hard, after all that, to top the Campagnolo wheels that BMW put on the original M1.

In any case, this kind of argument is best done extensively and across many hours, because I am torn.

Raphael Orlove is features editor for Jalopnik.

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wbizarre
wbizarre - OEM fetishist

BMW’s wheel catalog is deeper than the Mariana Trench. Dive down the rabbit hole here: http://felgenkatalog.auto-treff.com/?felge=52 

I also love that they’re all numbered, so you can find exactly what you’re looking for. Style 5, Style 39, etc.

Not really a fair comparison to AMG, since they have a shorter history and more limited model selection. I’m biased for BMW, but AMG wheels do a great job of matching up to the Mercedes look - they’re chunkier, more slab-sided, just like those 80's and 90's Mercs that look like they’ve been carved from a single block block of metal.

Some choice cuts:

M-System I and II (E34 M5):

Style 5:

Style 24 (E36 M3):

Style 37 (E31, E34, E38)/M-parallels:

Style 40/Roadstar (Z3 M):

Style 42 (E39 5 series):

Style 78 (e36, E46):

Style 107 (E85 Z4):

Style 108 (E85 Z4):

Style 127 (E46 M3 CSL):

Style 666 (F30 GTS/Competition): I’m sure the number is just a coincidence...