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BMW G20 G21 3 Series Wheel & Tire Fitment Guide

Originally published | 10/14/2021
Updated | 09/29/2023

Vehicle Covered in this Guide 2019-Current G20 & G21 3 Series

Brake Clearance Information

In the engineering phase of wheel development we 3D scan factory brakes and review 2D aftermarket brake templates in order to optimize our barrel profiles and spoke curvatures. As a result, our wheels offer massive brake clearance so you can run the smallest possible wheel diameter.

Click here to view our G2X 3 & 4 Series master brake clearance guide

Available Wheel Designs

Bolt Pattern

5x112mm

Centerbore

66.6mm

Lug Seat

60° Conical

Lug Thread Pitch

M14x1.25mm

OEM+ Wheel Fitment

Easy upgrades for street-driven cars

  • Black BMW 3 Series - VS-5RS in Motorsport Gold
  • Grey BMW 3 Series - VS-5RS in Satin Black
  • Grey BMW 3 Series - VS-5RS in Brushed Clear
  • Blue BMW 3 Series - SM-10 in Anthracite
  • Grey BMW 3 Series - SM-10 in Satin Black
  • Grey BMW 3 Series - SM-10 in Anthracite

These bolt-on wheel fitments are ideal for enthusiasts enjoying their car day-to-day on the street, and they are typically paired with all-season or performance-oriented summer tires. These wheel and tire configurations will improve the appearance and performance of the car without requiring modifications or adjustments to the factory alignment. Just bolt on and enjoy!

While these wheel fitments can be used for track days and AutoX, performance will be left on the table. Drivers that prioritize performance should review our Performance Street & Track section below.

Square Configurations

Recommended for enthusiasts that want to mitigate understeer and rotate tires front & rear for extended life. Square configurations may compromise rear-end grip when compared to staggered configurations.

Wheels

  • Front & Rear: 20x9" ET25
    • Available in: VS-5RS
    • Popular fitment
    • 3-5mm front spacers may be required with certain aftermarket suspensions that reduce inner clearance. See the suspension clearance section at the bottom of the guide.

Tires

  • APEX Staff Pick: Front & Rear: 245/35-20
    • Small front spacers may be required with tire models that run wide.
    • X-Drive Compatible
    • All Season: Michelin Pilot Sport AS4 (540TW), Yokohama Advan Sport A/S+ (440TW), Continental ExtremeContact Dws 06 Plus (560 TW)
    • Max Performance Summer: Michelin Pilot Sport 4S (300TW), Continental ExtremeContact Sport 02 (340TW), Hankook V12 Evo2 (320TW), Kumho Ecsta PS91 (260TW)
    • Extreme Performance Summer:Yokohama Advan A052 (200TW), Continental ExtremeContact Force (200TW), Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3 (200TW)

  • Wider alternative: Front & Rear: 255/30-20
    • Direct fit
    • X-Drive Compatible
    • All Season: N/A
    • Max Performance Summer: Michelin Pilot Sport 4S (300TW), Continental ExtremeContact Sport 02 (340TW), Hankook V12 Evo2 (320TW), Kumho Ecsta PS91 (260TW)
    • Extreme Performance Summer: N/A

Staggered Configurations

Recommended for enthusiasts that prioritize rear-end grip/traction. Wheels and tires cannot be rotated front to rear and large staggers may induce understeer.

Wheels

  • Front: 18x9" ET25 // Rear: 18x10" ET38
    • Available in: VS-5RS

Tires

  • APEX Staff Pick: Front: 235/45-18 // Rear: 265/40-18
    • Direct Fit.
    • X-Drive Compatible
    • All Season: Bridgestone Potenza RE980AS (500TW), Continental ExtremeContact DWS 06 Plus (560TW), Michelin Pilot Sport All Season 4 (540TW) 
    • Ultra-High Performance Summer: Sumitomo HTR Z5 (320TW)
    • Max Performance Summer:Michelin Pilot Sport 4S (300TW), (280TW), Continental ExtremeContact Sport (340TW)

Alternative #1: Front: 255/40-18 // Rear: 275/40-18

  • 3-5mm front spacers may be required with certain aftermarket suspensions that reduce inner clearance. See the suspension clearance section at the bottom of the guide. 
  • Not X-Drive Compatible
  • All Season: Continental ExtremeContact DWS 06 Plus (560TW), Michelin Pilot Sport All Season 4 (540TW) 
  • Ultra-High Performance Summer: Firestone Firehawk Indy 500 (340TW)
  • Max Performance Summer: Bridgestone Potenza Sport (300TW), Continental ExtremeContact Sport (340TW), Hankook Ventus V12 EVO2 (320TW)
  • Extreme Performance Summer: Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3 (200TW), Yokohama Advan A052 (200TW), Yokohama Advan Neova AD09 (200TW)

  • Alternative #2: Front: 245/45-18 // Rear: 275/40-18
    • Tight inner clearances between strut and front tire. Small front spacers may be required with tire models that run wide.
    • 3-5mm front spacers may be required with certain aftermarket suspensions that reduce inner clearance. See the suspension clearance section at the bottom of the guide.
    • X-Drive Compatible
    • All Season: Continental ExtremeContact DWS 06 Plus (560TW), Michelin Pilot Sport All Season 4 (540TW) 
    • Ultra-High Performance Summer: Firestone Firehawk Indy 500 (340TW)
    • Max Performance Summer: Bridgestone Potenza Sport (300TW), Continental ExtremeContact Sport (340TW), Hankook Ventus V12 EVO2 (320TW)
    • Extreme Performance Summer: Yokohama Advan Neova AD09 (200TW)

Wheels

Front: 19x9" ET25 (VS-5RS) or ET28 (SM-10) // Rear: 19x10" ET38

  • Available in: SM-10, VS-5RS
  • Popular fitment

Tires

  • APEX Staff Pick: Front: 235/40-19 // Rear: 265/35-19
    • Direct Fit.
    • X-Drive Compatible
    • All Season: Michelin Pilot Sport AS4 (540TW), Yokohama Advan Sport A/S+ (440TW)
    • Ultra-High Performance Summer: Hankook Ventus S1 EVO3 (340TW)
    • Max Performance Summer: Michelin Pilot Sport 4S (300TW), Yokohama Advan Apex V601 (280TW), Continental ExtremeContact Sport (340TW)

  • Alternative #1: Front: 245/40-19 // Rear: 275/35-19
    • Tight inner clearances between strut and front tire. Small front spacers may be required with tire models that run wide.
    • 3-5mm front spacers may be required with certain aftermarket suspensions that reduce inner clearance. See the suspension clearance section at the bottom of the guide.
    • X-Drive Compatible
    • All Season:Yokohama Advan Sport A/S+ (440TW), Bridgestone Potenza RE980AS (500TW)
    • Ultra-High Performance Summer: Firestone Firehawk Indy 500 (340TW), Falken Azenis FK510 (300TW), Sumitomo HTR Z5 (320TW)
    • Max Performance Summer:Michelin Pilot Sport 4S (300TW), Yokohama Advan Apex V601 (280TW), Continental Extremecontact Sport (340TW), Bridgestone S-04 PP (280TW), Hankook V12 Evo2 (320TW), Kumho Ecsta PS91 (260TW)

  • Alternative #2: Front: 255/35-19 // Rear: 285/30-19
    • Direct Fit
    • 3-5mm front spacers may be required with certain aftermarket suspensions that reduce inner clearance. See the suspension clearance section at the bottom of the guide.
    • X-Drive Compatible
    • All Season: Yokohama Advan Sport A/S+ (440TW), Bridgestone Potenza RE980AS (500TW)
    • Ultra-High Performance Summer: Firestone Firehawk Indy 500 (340TW), Falken Azenis FK510 (300TW), Sumitomo HTR Z5 (320TW)
    • Max Performance Summer: Michelin Pilot Sport 4S (300TW), Yokohama Advan Apex V601 (280TW), Continental Extremecontact Sport (340TW), Hankook V12 Evo2 (320TW), Kumho Ecsta PS91 (260TW)

Wheels

  • Front: 20x9" ET25 // Rear: 20x10" ET38
    • Available in: VS-5RS

Tires

  • APEX Staff Pick: Front: 245/35-20 // Rear: 275/30-20
    • Small front spacers may be required with tire models that run wide.
    • X-Drive Compatible
    • All Season: Continental Extremecontact Dws 06 Plus (560 TW), Michelin Pilot Sport All Season 4 (540 TW), Yokohama Advan Sport A/S+ (440 TW)
    • Ultra-High Performance Summer: Falken Azenis FK510 (300 TW), Toyo Proxes Sport (240 TW), Nitto NT555 G2 (320 TW)
    • Max Performance Summer: Michelin Pilot Sport 4S (300 TW), Continental Extremecontact Sport 02 (340 TW), Hankook Ventus V12 EVO2 (320 TW), Pirelli P Zero (220 TW), Bridgestone Potenza Sport (300 TW)
    • Extreme Performance Summer: Yokohama Advan Neova AD09 (200 TW)

  • Alternative #1: Front: 255/30-20 // Rear: 275/30-20
    • Direct Fit
    • Not X-Drive Compatible
    • Tire Notes: RWD only tire setup with summer tire options
    • All Season: N/A
    • Ultra-High Performance Summer: Falken Azenis FK510 (300 TW), Toyo Proxes Sport (240 TW)
    • Max Performance Summer: Michelin Pilot Sport 4S (300 TW), Continental Extremecontact Sport 02 (340 TW), Hankook Ventus V12 EVO2 (320 TW), Pirelli P Zero (220 TW)
    • Extreme Performance Summer: N/A

Performance Street and Track Wheel Fitment

Wider fitments for enhanced performance

  • Grey BMW 3 Series - VS-5RS in Anthracite
  • Blue BMW 3 Series - SM-10 in Anthracite
  • White BMW 3 Series - VS-5RS in Brushed Clear
  • Grey BMW 3 Series - SM-10 in Anthracite
  • Grey BMW 3 Series - VS-5RS in Brushed Clear
  • Grey BMW 3 Series - VS-5RS in Anthracite
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Whether you enjoy spirited street driving or you are a weekend track warrior chasing lap times, these wheel & tire configurations are ideal for enthusiasts looking for a more dramatic improvement in performance and they are typically paired with performance-oriented summer tires or track-oriented R-compounds.

The suspension type, alignment settings, and tire brand/size can be changed accordingly to set the car up for either environment. While many of these wheel fitments can be run with the factory alignment, if you plan to track the car we highly recommended dialing in negative camber to improve handling and to extract the most performance and longevity out of your tires. See fitment notes under each tire configuration below to see if modifications are required.

Square Configurations

Recommended for enthusiasts that want to mitigate understeer and rotate tires front & rear for extended life. Square configurations may compromise rear-end grip when compared to staggered configurations.

Wheels

  • Front & Rear: 18x9" ET25
    • Available in: VS-5RS
    • Popular fitment
    • 3-5mm front spacers may be required with certain aftermarket suspensions that reduce inner clearance. See the suspension clearance section at the bottom of the guide.

Tires

  • APEX Staff Pick: Front & Rear: 255/40-18
    • Direct fit
    • X-Drive Compatible
    • Tire Notes: Coming Soon
  • Alternative #1: Front & Rear: 245/45-18
    • Direct fit
    • X-Drive Compatible
    • Tire Notes: Coming Soon

Wheels

  • Front & Rear: 19x9" ET25 (VS-5RS) or ET28 (SM-10)
    • Available in: SM-10, VS-5RS
    • Popular fitment
    • 3-5mm front spacers may be required with certain aftermarket suspensions that reduce inner clearance. See the suspension clearance section at the bottom of the guide.

Tires

  • APEX Staff Pick: Front & Rear: 255/35-19
    • Direct fit
    • 3-5mm front spacers may be required with certain aftermarket suspensions that reduce inner clearance. See the suspension clearance section at the bottom of the guide.
    • X-Drive Compatible
    • All Season: Continental ExtremeContact DWS 06+ (560 TW), Michelin Pilot Sport AS 4 (540 TW)
    • Max Performance Summer: Michelin Pilot Sport 4S (300TW), Yokohama Advan Apex V601 (280TW), Continental ExtremeContact Sport (340TW), Bridgestone S-04 PP (280TW), Hankook V12 Evo2 (320TW), Kumho Ecsta PS91 (260TW)
    • Extreme Performance Summer: Yokohama Advan Neova AD08 R (200TW)
    • R-Compound: Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 (180TW)

  • Alternative #1: Front & Rear: 245/35-19
    • Direct fit
    • X-Drive Compatible
    • All Season: Continental ExtremeContact DWS 06+ (560 TW), Michelin Pilot Sport AS 4 (540 TW)
    • Max Performance Summer: Michelin Pilot Sport 4S (300TW), Yokohama Advan Apex V601 (280TW), Continental ExtremeContact Sport (340TW), Bridgestone S-04 PP (280TW), Hankook V12 Evo2 (320TW), Kumho Ecsta PS91 (260TW)
    • Extreme Performance Summer: Falken Azenis RT660 (200TW), Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3 (220TW), Yokohama Advan A052 (200TW)
    • R-Compound: Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R (60TW), Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3R (100TW), Toyo Proxes R888R (100TW)

  • Alternative #2: Front & Rear: 265/35-19
    • Direct fit
    • 3-5mm front spacers may be required with certain aftermarket suspensions that reduce inner clearance. See the suspension clearance section at the bottom of the guide.
    • X-Drive Compatible
    • All Season: Continental ExtremeContact DWS 06+ (560 TW), Michelin Pilot Sport AS 4 (540 TW)
    • Max Performance Summer: Michelin Pilot Sport 4S (300TW), Yokohama Advan Apex V601 (280TW), Continental ExtremeContact Sport (340TW), Bridgestone S-04 PP (280TW), Hankook V12 Evo2 (320TW), Kumho Ecsta PS91 (260TW)
    • Extreme Performance Summer: Yokohama Advan Neova AD08 R (200TW), Bridgestone Potenza RE-71R (200TW), Falken Azenis RT660 (200TW), Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3 (220TW)
    • R-Compound: Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 (180TW), Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R (60TW), Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3R (100TW), Toyo Proxes R888R (100TW), Nankang AR-1 (100TW)

Wheels

  • Front & Rear: 19x9.5" ET25
    • Available in: SM-10, SM-10RS, VS-5RS
    • 5mm front spacers may be required with OEM suspension and tire compounds that run wide.
    • 5-12mm front spacers required with aftermarket coilovers that reduce inner clearance.

Tires

  • APEX Staff Pick: Front & Rear: 265/35-19
    • 5mm front spacers recommended for most tires.
    • Additional negative camber required. Minimum recommended camber: -2.2° front, -2° rear. More camber may be required with tire compounds that run wide or thicker front spacers.
    • X-Drive Compatible
    • All Season:Continental ExtremeContact DWS 06+ (560 TW), Michelin Pilot Sport AS 4 (540 TW)
    • Max Performance Summer: Michelin Pilot Sport 4S (300TW), Yokohama Advan Apex V601 (280TW), Continental ExtremeContact Sport (340TW), Bridgestone S-04 PP (280TW), Hankook V12 Evo2 (320TW), Kumho Ecsta PS91 (260TW)
    • Extreme Performance Summer: Yokohama Advan Neova AD08 R (200TW), Bridgestone Potenza RE-71R (200TW), Falken Azenis RT660 (200TW), Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3 (220TW)
    • R-Compound: Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 (180TW), Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R (60TW), Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3R (100TW), Toyo Proxes R888R (100TW), Nankang AR-1 (100TW)
    • Slicks & Semi Slicks: Hoosier A7/R7

  • Alternative #1: Front & Rear: 255/35-19
    • X-Drive Compatible
    • 3mm front spacers recommended for most tires.
    • Additional rear negative camber required. Recommended camber: -2.2° front, -1.8° rear. More camber may be required with tire compounds that run wide or thicker front spacers.
    • All Season: Continental ExtremeContact DWS 06+ (560 TW), Michelin Pilot Sport AS 4 (540 TW)
    • Max Performance Summer: Michelin Pilot Sport 4S (300TW), Yokohama Advan Apex V601 (280TW), Continental ExtremeContact Sport (340TW), Bridgestone S-04 PP (280TW), Hankook V12 Evo2 (320TW), Kumho Ecsta PS91 (260TW)
    • Extreme Performance Summer: Yokohama Advan Neova AD08 R (200TW)
    • R-Compound: Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 (180TW)

Staggered Configurations

Recommended for enthusiasts that prioritize rear end grip/traction. Wheels and tires cannot be rotated front to rear and large staggers may induce understeer.

Wheels

  • Front: 18x9" ET25 // Rear: 18x10" ET38
    • Available in: VS-5RS

Tires

  • Apex Staff Pick: Front: 255/40-18 // Rear: 275/40-18
    • Direct Fit
    • 3-5mm front spacers may be required with certain aftermarket suspensions that reduce inner clearance. See the suspension clearance section at the bottom of the guide. 
    • Not X-Drive Compatible
    • All Season: Continental ExtremeContact DWS 06 Plus (560TW), Michelin Pilot Sport All Season 4 (540TW) 
    • Ultra-High Performance Summer: Firestone Firehawk Indy 500 (340TW)
    • Max Performance Summer: Bridgestone Potenza Sport (300TW), Continental ExtremeContact Sport (340TW), Hankook Ventus V12 EVO2 (320TW)
    • Extreme Performance Summer: Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3 (200TW), Yokohama Advan A052 (200TW), Yokohama Advan Neova AD09 (200TW)

  • Alternative #1: Front: 245/45-18 // Rear: 275/40-18
    • Tight inner clearances between strut and front tire. Small front spacers may be required with tire models that run wide.
    • 3-5mm front spacers may be required with certain aftermarket suspensions that reduce inner clearance. See the suspension clearance section at the bottom of the guide. 
    • X-Drive Compatible
    • All Season: Continental ExtremeContact DWS 06 Plus (560TW), Michelin Pilot Sport All Season 4 (540TW) 
    • Ultra-High Performance Summer: Firestone Firehawk Indy 500 (340TW)
    • Max Performance Summer: Bridgestone Potenza Sport (300TW), Continental ExtremeContact Sport (340TW), Hankook Ventus V12 EVO2 (320TW)
    • Extreme Performance Summer: Yokohama Advan Neova AD09 (200TW)

Wheels

  • Front: 19x9" ET25 (VS-5RS) or ET28 (SM-10) // Rear: 19x10" ET38
    • Available in: SM-10, VS-5RS
    • Popular fitment
    • 3-5mm front spacers may be required with certain aftermarket suspensions that reduce inner clearance. See the suspension clearance section at the bottom of the guide.

Tires

  • APEX Staff Pick: Front: 235/40-19 // Rear: 265/35-19
    • Direct fit
    • X-Drive Compatible
    • Max Performance Summer: Michelin Pilot Sport 4S (300TW), Yokohama Advan Apex V601 (280TW), Continental ExtremeContact Sport (340TW)
    • Extreme Performance Summer: Bridgestone Potenza RE-71R (200TW)
    • R-Compound: No options currently available

  • Alternative #1: Front: 255/35-19 // Rear: 275/35-19
    • Typically a direct fit with street tires, however, an moderate increase in front negative camber will be required with compounds that run wide
    • Not X-Drive Compatible
    • Max Performance Summer: Michelin Pilot Sport 4S (300TW), Yokohama Advan Apex V601 (280TW), Continental ExtremeContact Sport (340TW), Hankook V12 Evo2 (320TW), Kumho Ecsta PS91 (260TW)
    • Extreme Performance Summer: Yokohama Advan Neova AD08 R (200TW), Yokohama Advan A052 (200TW)
    • R-Compound: Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 (180TW)

  • Alternative #2: Front: 255/35-19 // Rear: 295/30-19
    • Typically a direct fit with street tires, however, an moderate increase in front negative camber will be required with compounds that run wide
    • X-Drive Compatible
    • Max Performance Summer: Michelin Pilot Sport 4S (300TW), Yokohama Advan Apex V601 (280TW), Continental Extremecontact Sport (340TW), Hankook V12 Evo2 (320TW), Kumho Ecsta PS91 (260TW)
    • Extreme Performance Summer: Yokohama Advan Neova AD08 R (200TW)
    • R-Compound: No options currently available

Winter Wheel Fitment

Recommended for enthusiasts that want to mitigate understeer and rotate tires front & rear for extended life. Ideal for winter fitments where narrow tires are prioritized over wider rear tires for grip in adverse conditions.

Wheels

  • Front & Rear: 19x9" ET25 (VS-5RS) or ET28 (SM-10)
    • Available in: SM-10, VS-5RS

Tires

  • APEX Staff Pick: Front & Rear: 255/35-19
    • X-Drive Compatible
    • Studless Ice & Snow: Yokohama Iceguard IG53
    • Performance Winter: Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3, Vredestein Wintrac Pro

Additional Resources

Identifying Suspension Types

If you’re using coilovers, see the image below to identify which type of coilover spring you have, as it may effect your wheel fitment.

Identifying Suspension Types

Aftermarket G2X 3 & 4 Series Suspensions Known To Reduce Inner Clearance (includes but not limited to):

  • KW Variant lines/ST
  • Ohlins Road & Track

About Camber Plates

Adjustable camber plates do more than just aid in wide wheel and tire fitment. They provide increased grip and reduced tire wear by spreading the load evenly during cornering. Learn more in our blog article, The Positives of Negative Camber. (https://www.apexraceparts.com/blog/the-positives-of-negative-camber/)

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