08 April 2011|
The trend in automotive fashion has always included wheels in the equation. As the most popular upgrade according to SEMA data, there is always room for more wheel designs in the marker. Now with the push toward retro designs and hella flush fitments, more companies are filling the demand. It also isn’t uncommon for enthusiasts to switch up their wheels a couple times a season just to keep the rollers fresh.
Enkei has answered the call with their new, well, re-issue of an old favorite, the Enkei92. The wheel fills the demand for retro-looks on newer cars and fresh kicks for those Japanese Classics that are rapidly gaining popularity. One of the legendary wheels in the Enkei portfolio was a low-offset mesh design that survived for years and was involved in all kinds of racing programs. Now, it’s back in new sizes, colors and bolt patterns for more modern vehicles.
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We met up with Marketing Director, Alex Nunez at SEMA who walked us through the highlights of the new wheel. Enkei showcasing a vehicle that rolled on them and it attracted a load of attention. The car was a Datsun 240Z which is a rare find but this one was that much more special, as it was right-hand drive. “The car is attracting almost as much attention as the new Enkei92 wheels,” said Nunez. “With this design, we are attracting all of the Classic Japanese car enthusiasts who have a lot of trouble finding wheels from that period that both fit and perform properly. At the same time we are attracting newer car owners looking for the classic and hella flush look.”
Sizes: 15x7, 15x8
Offsets: +25 and +38
Bolt Patterns: 4x100, 4x114.3, 5x114.3
Finishes: Polished Lip with Black, Silver or Gold Face
Includes: Retro Design Center Cap
Sure, there may be other retro designs out there but with Enkei wheels you also get decades of race proven heritage. From Super GT and D1 in Japan to the top level of motorsports engineering required in F1, Enkei has paid their dues. All Enkei wheels are engineered to pass strict testing methods. Enkei has established its own test standard called “Spec-E,” which is tougher than the JWL requirements of wheels made in Japan. Enkei’s Spec-E test setting requires a higher drop point in the impact test and 20% more cycles for the rotary bending fatigue and dynamic radial fatigue tests than JWL standards.
If you like this wheel, you might also be down with their new J-Speed. Available in Silver or black in the same sizes, it is also geared directly at the Classic Japanese car market.
Enkei92 & J-Speed Wheels
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