Dreaded Prior Owner
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Far from another Esprit.....
I just fitted a set of BBS/BMW 17" Style 42 two piece wheels to my G-car. Fronts bolt right on (with rings) and I used a 50mm 5x120 BMW spacer on the rear and bored out a set of hub-centric rings to match the wheels and adapters to the hubs. These are the most common 17"x8" 20mm offset wheels, fitted to 525i/530i etc. Got them on Ebay for $70-$100 ea. They're a little grubby, but I plan to coat the centers gold someday and did not want to pay a premium for refurbs.
If you want to search longer or spend more there are also matching 7.5" or 9" wide rims available that could give you various staggered rim widths front to rear but the 7.5" (off the Z3/318) has a 41mm offset and you'd need spacers up front as well, and the 9"/26mm was a Sport option and are a bit of a unicorn. The 540i was available with a set of 18x8" & 18x9" Style 42's if you want more alloy than tire......
I went with the narrowest & widest available tires to fit an 8" rim and kept the tire section width differential front to rear, so a Continental Extreme Contact Sport 215/45 up front and a 255/45 in the rear. The rear matches the OEM diameter to maintain speedometer accuracy. I would of liked a 40 series front, but it limited available inexpensive tire sets that matched front to rear.
I think the wheels suit the car, and give it a more modern look.
1985 BRG Turbo Esprit
Chargecooled w/Megasquirt EFI
Last edited by snowrx; 07-02-2019 at 07:31 PM.