I don't know that they all look like 4x4s, but I think that the propensity many of us have for bigger wheels makes it worse. The lower-profile tires add to the illusion that there's more space between the tire and the wheel well IMHO. And I only went from 14s to 15s. Some of the cars I've seen with 16s and 17s and no lowering look really silly. On the other hand, I don't know why anyone goes for such big wheels; they just slow you down with the weight (rotational inertia, baby), unless you go for lightweight wheels.
A lot of guys also talk about the front of the car being higher than the back; I think that there is more space in the wells in front, on purpose, to accomodate a little more suspension travel (maybe) and to accomodate the motion of the wheels when turned (definitely). I don't know if this is crap or not, any takers?
Big wheels = big pimpin! Who cares about performance. Now if you have a big phat fully tuned turbo kit or nitrous kit, or even a kick ass all motor ride..why not floss it on the street. When track time comes along..it's not impossible to swap out wheels ya know....
They are MASItaly Callistos. I believe that they have been discontinued, but I could easily be incorrect on that one.
I got them from Discount Tire Direct for (ahem) $60 apiece. No, that is not a typo. They were on clearance on the website, and they had 14 left when I bought my set. I was originally waiting for a set of b14 SE-R wheels to come up for sale, but these caught my eye while I was surfing for tires and I couldn't argue with that price.
I have no idea on the weight. I bought them before finding out that weight matters. I will say however that the car didn't feel much different when I went from the stockers to the 15s. It definitely handles better (better tires I guess, wider too - these are 15x7s) but did not really feel slower in a straight line. Be advised this is all SOTP.
The tires are Kelly Charger HR Directional and were also on special when I bought them (hey, I'm an out-of-work teacher, I'm kind of on a budget), in case anyone cares. The next set will be Toyo/Nitto/Kumho, although I have been very happy with the Kellys.