The look of the 17" rims is also superior to the 16" IMHO. The 16 have a sharp curve to them that detracts a bit. Now I wish i had the 17" in front too.
That's what initially turned me off to the Monolite. I love the rear, but the front design didn't match, and just looks weird beside the 17.
4 17's or 4 16's is the ticket, IMO, just for balance.
But having 4 17's is not without its issues. This car basically requires 1.5" of rake from front to back to look and handle correct. And that's a LOT, considering where the measurements are taken.
The tires I chose, the Yokohama AD08R, has a front 215 that is 23.7", and a rear tire that is 24.3", which gives me .6 of rake. So basically I'm an inch away from stock.
The car drives FINE like this, but visually it looks weird, like the rear is squatting.
I chose these tire sizes because overall the sidewall and fitments match perfectly. I could have chosen the 245 for the rear, giving me slightly more rake, but at the expense of more tire sidewall and bulge.
So what does this mean? It means the car has to be dropped an inch in the front to look and handle more like stock. So at a minimum you'd need a suspension that could be dropped at least an inch, which is a LOT on a Lotus. And beyond that, now you have no fender gap at all in the front, and an inch in the rear.
So, is it perfect? No. Is it easy? No. Is it inexpensive? No. But to my eyes it's unquestionably better than the standard 16/17. And the car drives fantastic.
I also like having the only set of 17/17 Monolites