E46 BMW M3 Turbo: Part 1 – Introduction plus wheels and tires


One of the ways Forgestar keeps its wheels light is by shaving off some unnecessary material in certain areas of the spokes while keeping the wheel strong and aesthetically pleasing at the same time.

Putting over 700 WHP to the ground (oops, did we just let the cat out of the bag?) was going to necessitate a good set of high-performance tires.  Since this car isn’t driven in heavy rain or snow, a good summer tire that could handle at least some rain was going to do.  We ordered a set of Michelin Pilot PS2 tires.

The Michelin PS2 is a Max Performance summer tire that features two different tread rubber compounds (a hybrid silica/carbon black compound that begins at the tire's outer shoulder and continues across the tread until it joins a high-silica compound that continues to the tire's inside shoulder) molded into an asymmetric design with large outer shoulder blocks and continuous intermediate and center ribs to enhance steering response and cornering stability.

According to Michelin, both tread compounds are specifically formulated for their location to combine dry and wet traction with crisp corning and high speed capability.  The tread design also features wide circumferential grooves and lateral notches that help channel water through the footprint to enhance wet road traction.

On the inside, the tread design is supported by two high-tensile, lightweight steel cord belts that are further reinforced by size-optimized, precisely placed individual Aramid/nylon hybrid filaments to provide improved steering response and resistance to distortion while enhancing ride quality and high-speed durability.


If you’re not into the technical stuff of a tire, just knowing companies like BMW, Mercedes and Porsche used this tire for their OE fitments on the Z8, McLaren SLR and GT3/GT2 models, respectively, should instill plenty of performance in the tire’s capabilities.  The outer edge features nice, thick blocks for high-speed stability during cornering.

On the front, the car sports a 255/35-19 tire size while the rear sits on 285/30-19.  With the car lowered on Bilstein coilovers, they fit just fine!

Here’s another look at the CF5V wheel installed.  We were pleasantly surprised with how good they look on the white car.

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