Project E90 M3 Part 4 Wheels and Tire Cover

Project E90 M3: Part 4 – Wheels and Tires

by Billy Johnson

Choosing a tire is one of the most important decisions that anyone will make for their car. Since our M3 is a daily driver in Florida, wet-weather performance is very important along with excellent dry grip and stability for spirited driving, which is a prerequisite for an M3.  To give our car a more sporty appearance, we turn to VMR Wheels for a set of competition inspired 19” V703 wheels to replace our standard 19” wheels wrapped in Continental’s ExtremeContact DW tire.  We then head to Palm Beach International Raceway to log some laps to see how the new package performs.

If you follow Project E90 M3, you know that we focused on power without much attention to the car’s cosmetics.  While we have increased the 4.0L V8’s power by 51whp over stock with test pipes and a tune; we now turn our attention to improve the M3’s aesthetics with a set of sporty “CSL”-style 19-inch VMR V703 (aka: VB3) wheels and pushed them out with a set of Turner Motorsport (TMS) wheel spacers.  Since our tires are bald, it was also time to get some new rubber with Continental ExtremeContact DW tires.


Base wheelOur 2009 E90 M3 is very stock in appearance, down to the factory 19-inch 220M wheels.
Base wheel rearViewing the car from the rear, the factory wheels do not have an aggressive offset, especially at the front which is quite inset from the outer edge of the fender.
Worn TiresWhile the 2009 M3 with the optional 19-inch 220M wheels were factory equipped with Continental ContiSport Contact 3 tires, our M3 was shod in Continental’s ExtremeContact DW, which have proven to be a fantastic tire, but ours were in desperate need of replacement.
Wheels PorchAs a car guy, it always feels like Christmas when you see boxes of car parts on your front porch.
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Monday, September 07, 2015 10:21 AM
I bought Conti ExTremcontact for my boxster, and I have to admit that they are some of the best tires I have tested ! And they are also the cheapest you can buy for the boxster's weird sizes !
Monday, September 07, 2015 2:47 PM
That's a lot of text to defend a somewhat form over function setup! How about some truly light weight 18" wheels? Cheaper still, cheaper tires, can bring your wheel weights in to the 17-19 lb range, and rotational inertia lost is even greater than the actual weight loss due to the smaller diameter.
Monday, September 07, 2015 3:53 PM
Looks great! For a daily driver I would have done the same thing.
Monday, September 07, 2015 4:15 PM
I don't get it, replacing factory forged wheels for China made cast wheels (even if they are flow formed)

I would of at least gotten ARC-8 wheels. To save some weight.


19lbs in 18's.

Where are some lightweight volk wheels that all MotoIQ cars usually use. No love from Mackin for German Cars? :)
Tuesday, September 08, 2015 2:24 PM
For a track-focused car, 18" wheels would be preferable for many reasons: weight, sidewall size, tire cost, etc...

Since Project E90 M3 is a daily driver, we prefer the look of 19" wheels and the V703 wheels give us the "CSL" look and weight (albeit heavier than the stock Forged wheels) for a fraction of the price.
Wednesday, September 09, 2015 12:28 PM
They must have gotten a free set of wheels from VMR for promotional purposes...
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