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Audi Once Made a Wheel That Stuck out Past the Tire

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author photo by Doug DeMuro May 2019

Several years ago, Audi did the unthinkable: they debuted a vehicle with wheels that stick out past the tire. And not slightly past the tire, but a few noticeable millimeters past the tire. The vehicle in question is above, although Audi actually used this wheel design on a few wheels -- and it's laughably bad design that should never be repeated.

Here's the rundown: the first car to use this design was the "B5 S4," which came out in the late 1990s. Audi wanted a high-performance wheel design for a high-performance car, so they created this basic look -- and then, when the next-generation S4 came out in 2004, Audi doubled down, increased the wheel size and really made sure people associated this look with the Audi "S" models.

Only, there was a problem. Specifically, the wheel design had the spokes stick out past the tire -- and the (obvious) problem there came with parallel parking: if you hugged the curb a little too closely, your wheel would scrape on the curb, even if your tire hadn't yet hit the curb. Curbing your wheels is already a challenging issue, but the B5 and B6 S4 models made it especially easy to do -- and the same was true of the 2002-2003 Audi S6 Avant and the S8 from the period, too.

These days, if you happen upon one of these cars on the road that's still wearing its stock wheels, you're almost guaranteed to see curb damage -- and not on the rim of the wheel, like in so many cars, but instead on the spoke itself, which makes things look rather unsightly. If you've ever wondered why this damage is so common on these wheels, that's your reason -- they simply stick out too far. Find an Audi S4 for sale

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