Originally Posted by Siper2
That may also be an issue of cost. The wheels were already in circulation overseas, so why produce something new?
But when they wanted to release the new-age car in the US, I'm sure that a 16" version of the wheel they decided to use in Europe (remember it was the same wheel, just 17" instead) was the economical choice. And it likely just happened to translate to a 6.5" width.
One of those unfortunate coincidences, I think. I don't personally believe Subaru "removed" 0.5" to spite anyone.
...a lot of the japanese think americans are 'lamers' and don't need or want REAL high performance anything....we almost certainly wouldn't have got the STi here if Mitsu haddn't done the EVO here, first.