You’ve probably heard of the saying “go big or go home,” but I don’t think that’s what the author had in mind. While Audi’s design boss March Lichte said wheels larger than 23-inches “make no sense,” Forgiato would beg to differ. Enter the “Torino” set, available in 24 and 26 inches as alternatives to the smaller-but-still-huge 22-inch variant.
The owner of an otherwise nice Audi A7 Sportback decided to swap out the stock set for 26-inch wheels wrapped in extremely skinny tires. Surely the smooth ride provided by the standard alloys is long gone, and we bet handling has also taken a hit. That’s not to say we’re against the owner’s decision to put those large shoes. After all, it’s his car and he can do whatever he wants with it. Who are we to judge him?
The biggest wheels Audi offers for the second-generation A7 Sportback lineup is an optional 22-inch set for the range-topping RS7. It comes bundled with 285/30 tires whereas this Forgiato set on the original A7 is wrapped in 275/25ZR26 rubber. Usually, SUVs are the ones to receive XXL wheels, but more and more owners of regular cars are also trying out wheels way larger than what the OEM recommends.
Speaking of SUVs, the RS Q8 gets Audi’s largest-ever alloy wheels, measuring 23 inches. Should you want to go bigger than that while sticking to manufacturer wheels, General Motors’ design boss Michael Simcoe revealed in an interview back in November 2019 that 24- and 26-inch sets are planned for production cars.
The look-at-me Forgiato set is not the only change this A7 Sportback has gone through as we’re noticing the swoopy hatchback has a custom sound system. It basically takes up the whole cargo area, so good luck fitting stuff in the back. The car featured here is a 2018MY with the supercharged 3.0-liter V6 pushing out 306 horsepower and 325 pound-feet (440 Newton-meters) of torque.