do want performance and looks or just looks? You get 17s and the car's accel will slow due to more friction with the ground and your speedo will be off too. Your handling will improve immensly (sp?) but at the cost of your already mentioned accel rate.
You get 16s and the car accel will slow but almost unnoticealbe amounts. They won't look as tight as a 17 rim, but it will look nice none the less.
my 17s look great on my car, however it is true that with bigger wheel you will lose hp... however unless you're seriously racing your car I dont think it would make that much of a difference maybe a couple points of a second.
think, when you have a bigger sized rim the car has to do more work to turn it, once the momentum builds though, i.e. on the highway, you'll see a big difference. they also slow the car down due to their weight, think, it's bigger, so to make it stable and being able to support the weight of the car you need more material. the rims i'm going crazy looking for are 3rd gen rx7 rims. they're 16's and only weigh 13 lbs. so it depends what you want, if you're just cruising around i wouldn't see a problem with 17's. if you're serious into performance then i'd save the money and keep modding, only getting rims when you find a good set of rx7's!!
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