This month’s theme provides the opportunity for a mild personal indulgence, a chance to get a slightly geeky obsession with a specific detail out of my system – I hope nobody minds.
I rarely feel very strongly about wheel design, but this particular alloy wheel struck me from the outset as being really well suited to, and integrated with, this version of the 5 Series. The way in which the spokes are dished inwards around the hub and wheel nuts for the first 7” or 8” and then continue on a flat plane to the rim is in sympathy with the surfacing of the body panelling.
As mentioned in an earlier theme, Bangle-era cars like this 5 Series were heavily influenced by the GINA concept, which was only shown publicly years after the design studio had produced it and also after many of the production cars it had inspired. Hence, the surfacing effect of this alloy wheel (does it have a name, I wonder?) could have been created with a fine, lightly elasticated cloth manipulated over and around a circular wire frame.
I’m always a fan of the E60, but with this wheel design it’s just that bit closer to perfection. I tried to express this once on the Car website and got rather trashed by other commentators as a result. Hopefully I have expressed it better here. Either way, I feel better now. Thanks.