I ran the Stock 2005 LGT rims on my 98 with Winter Sport M3s
in 215/45/17 with no issue.
Although I would have preferred the Winter Sport 4Ds
Either way if you go with a performance snow tire - they have much stiffer sidewalls and will provide the protection you seek for "Spirited" driving.
I actually was sold on this when I put the M3s on my Turbo Jetta a few years back only to discover they outperformed the factory All-Seasons in the dry summer months - WHAT!!!
Yeah VW cheaps out on All-Seasons.