Non-genuine parts and wheels may be an inexpensive alternative to revive an OE look, but Holden and Mercedes-Benz have paired to create a video showing why they’re simply not worth it.
Holden hosted Mercedes at its Lang Lang proving grounds to compare genuine, and non-genuine, Mercedes wheels. Lang Lang includes a stretch of road to simulate worst-case-scenario driving conditions, including some massive potholes drivers encounter in the real world.
At merely 31 mph, the fake wheels don’t hold up too well, with a large chunk snapping away from the wheel and flying off. The original wheels? Just fine. And, let’s be honest, everyone adheres to the five-mph-over rule. Most likely, drivers would be traveling even faster.
You can see the entire experiment in the video above. And remember: stick with stock.