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The best flattery to Golf GTI’s “Denver” rims

By SYF77 on 10 Aug 2011

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I was visiting my friend in Tampines and chanced upon this set of rims fitted on a Kia Picanto. It looked somewhat familiar to me and after pondering for a few seconds, ah har! The design elements are derived from the “Denver” rims of the iconic Mark V Golf GTI.

The alloy rim on the Kia Picanto is about 13 to 14 inch as compared to the 17 inch alloys on the Golf GTI. The design of the “Denver” rim has a hint of aggressiveness due to the axe-like profile of its thick spokes. The design must be so popular that VW decided to retain its basic shape for the 18 inch “Detroit” rims mounted on the Mark VI Golf GTI. From a maintenance point of view, the design makes good sense too. It is easy to clean as compared to those multiple spokes type – the tiny gaps between the spokes are hard to reach and they accumulate dirt. For a car owner without a maid like myself, the “Denver” design certainly makes good sense.

There is a saying that imitation is the best form of flattery. This statement is making a lot of sense here.

17inch "Denver" rims on a MK V Golf GTI
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18inch "Detroit" rims on a MK VI Golf GTI
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SYF77
Written by SYF77
I have been a car fanatic since 1989, when my father was changing our family car then to a Toyota Corolla 1.6 GL fitted with a Twin Cam 16 valve engine that was carburetor-fed, a big deal back in those days. The automobile technology and industry fascinates me and I hope to broadcast these interesting developments to everyone out there through this blog.



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Winterflame Aug 10 2011 11:25 AM
the tyre seemed to be under-inflated.
Pocus Aug 10 2011 11:53 AM
Maybe I'm more rice but I don't find it nice leh....if I've own a GTi most probably the rims are the first thing I'll change...lol...
Ilmw Aug 10 2011 05:57 PM
Isn't this kind of horse-shoe rims pioneered by Alfa?
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