The Volk TE37V is an exciting development because it shows that companies like Rays Wheels are keen on making new products for the nostalgic scene. However, the JNC staff is still torn between whether these are proper wheels for old school rides.
On one hand, the smooth spokes seem a tad too modern. But does a vintage barrel have to look like a ninja star to be cool? Kev pointed out that Hayashi Streets are also a clean design that could easily be mistaken for a modern rim, yet fit perfectly on a number of vintage platforms.
Then again, the TE37V’s wide sizes and low offset are ideal for J-tin and Rays’ lightness and quality cannot be denied. Perhaps our eyes just aren’t used to seeing this spoke pattern affixed to nostalgics yet.
These hachiroku by Kobe-based tuning house Impulse were popular showcases for the TE37V at the 2010 Tokyo Auto Salon. Since the AE86 bridges the gap between old and new school so well, it makes for a good tiebreaker. What do JNC readers think?