September 2018

AEZ Steam graphite. Get through the winter. Free of approval.

Free of approval, made in Germany, with a classic design that is perfectly in line with modern cars. This best describes the new AEZ rim. In the elegant trending colour graphite matte, the seemingly classic multi-spokes wheel clearly sets itself apart from the mishmash of mass alloy rims. 15 edgy spokes combine elegance and a sporty design. A balanced and proportionally stepped centre area catches the eye at the centre of the rim. The designers have refined the rim by allowing for a five-fold decorative bore in the centre area, thereby enhancing the wheel’s visual depth in every dimension.

15 spokes, or five times a triple pair. Both observations are right because technically these details have been precisely worked out in the casting mold. Towards the centre area the individual spokes are bent inwards, which explains the naming – AEZ Steam graphite. Nomen est omen? Associations with turbines are absolutely intended. The “steam” lies in the detail.

Winterproof because of SR3 paint

The abbreviation stands for “Salt Resistant” while the number refers to the 3-layer process – primer coat, paint coat, finish coat. How well the alloy wheels are protected by the SR3 painting is revealed by, for example, the salt spray test on a scratched surface in accordance with CASS and the fact that all paints are pre-tested for corrosion resistance by an independent, external lab in accordance with ECE-R124.

100 percent technology and design

Both technically and visually, the new alloy rim matches 100 percent to a number of car brands including Audi, BMW, Jaguar, Mercedes, Land Rover, Volvo, and also Alfa Romeo. All wheels are fix bored. This means that centring requires no rings, and in many cases the manufacturers’ series fixtures match. In addition, the rim is suitable for OE centre caps for the car brands Alfa Romeo, Audi, BMW, Mercedes, and Mini.

Owing to numerous applications for this rim model, staggered wheel fitment isn’t just a catchphrase here, but says it all. Take production estate cars, for example, which can be equipped with 7.5x19-inch on the front axle and 9x19-inch dimensions on the rear axle, always depending on the production combination of the respective car.

What does “free of approval with ECE mean”?

AEZ has put an end to annoying approvals and paperwork with the new Steam graphite, offering an ECE alloy rim that may be mounted on a number of car models without requiring GOP or any other approvals. ECE is a supranational, worldwide system for the approval of vehicles and vehicle parts. In their specifications, certified components correspond exactly to the manufacturers’ original parts. An alloy rim with a ECE certification requires no additional registration in the vehicle documents as done by the TÜV or another official inspection facility. This way, it is not mandatory to carry the respective documents as every rim has a control number cast in.

ECE = Just call it “easy”!

AEZ Steam graphite – facts and figures:

Dimensions: 7.5x17, 7x18, 7.5x18, 8x18, 8.5x18, 7.5x19, 8x19, 8.5x19, 9x19, 8x20, 8.5x20, 9x20 inch
Finish: graphite matte
Construction: cast, one-piece
Load: up to 810 kg
VTA: yes
ECE: all regular models of Alfa Romeo, Audi, Mercedes, Mini, Opel, Range Rover, Seat, Skoda, VW
TPMS: 100 % fit for TPMS
Price: starting from 219 EUR (Germany)
Warranty: 3 years

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