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Fitment guide

BMW F10 M5 Wheel & Tire Fitment Guide

Originally published | 09/20/2022
Updated | 02/22/2024

Are you looking for the perfect wheels for your 2011-2016 F10 M5? Look no further than our fitment guide. This article outlines the best setups that let you run wide wheels and tires to increase performance on and off track. Our Forged wheels offer the ultimate in performance and weight savings as well as 20” diameters. Designs like the VS-5RS, SM-10RS, and EC-7RS have quickly found favor within the M5 community as the go-to fitments for this platform. Our Flow Formed wheel lines offer M5 owners a more affordable option that still lets them upgrade from their factory wheels without compromise and include our ARC-8, EC-7, and SM-10. No matter if you’re looking for wheels for a Base M5 or Competition Package equipped models, our F10 M5 wheel fitments allow you to maximize performance without compromise. Looking for wheels for your standard F10 5 series? Head over to our BMW F10 F11 5 Series Wheel & Tire Fitment Guide.

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Brake notes:

* The factory Carbon Ceramic 6 piston 410x38mm and base/standard Steel 6 Piston 400x36mm front brakes require 19" wheels or larger.

Available Wheel Designs

Bolt Pattern

5x120mm

Centerbore

72.56mm

Lug Seat

60° Conical

Lug Thread Pitch

M14x1.25mm

OEM+ Wheel Fitment

Easy upgrades for street-driven cars

These bolt-on wheel fitments are ideal for F10 M5 owners enjoying their car day-to-day on the street. These wheels are typically paired with all-season or performance-oriented summer tires.

While these wheel fitments can be used by F10 M5 owners that attend track days and AutoX, performance will be left on the table. Drivers that prioritize performance should review our Performance Street & Track and/or Hardcore Track & Race sections 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 Wheel Size: 19x9.5" ET33 or ET35 (VS-5RS)
  • Rear Wheel Size: 19x9.5" ET33 or ET35 (VS-5RS)
    • Available in: EC-7, SM-10, VS-5RS
    • A direct-fit rotatable option with excellent tire availability.

Tires

  • APEX Staff Pick:
    • Front Tire Size: 275/40-19
    • Rear Tire Size: 275/40-19
    • Direct Fit
    • Tire models that run wide may require 5mm front spacers
    • All Season: Michelin AS4 (540TW), Continental ExtremeContact DWS06+ (540TW), Pirelli P Zero All Season +(500TW)
    • Max Performance Summer: Michelin Pilot Sport 4S (300TW), Continental ExtremeContact Sport (340TW), Bridgestone Potenza Sport (300TW)
    • Extreme Performance Summer: Goodyear Eagle Supercar 3 R (220TW)

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 Wheel Size: 19x9" ET28 (ARC-8) or ET30
  • Rear Wheel Size: 19x10" ET25
    • Available in: ARC-8, EC-7, SM-10, VS-5RS
    • Mirrors factory wheel widths
    • ARC-8 design requires 3mm front spacers for steel brakes, and 5mm front spacers for CCBs.
    • 19x10 ET40 VS-5RS wheels + 5mm spacers can substituted in the rear for close to an exact match to the factory rear wheel width and offset.

Tires

  • APEX Staff Pick:
    • Front Tire Size: 265/40-19
    • Rear Tire Size: 295/35-19
    • Factory tire sizes
    • Direct Fit
    • All Season: No options currently available
    • Max Performance Summer: Michelin Pilot Sport 4S (300TW), Continental ExtremeContact Sport (340TW), Goodyear Eagle F1 (240 TW),
    • Extreme Performance Summer: Pirelli PZero (220TW)

Aggressive Street Wheel Fitment

Aggressive fitments focused on appearance

  • Black BMW M5 - VS-5RS in Satin Black
  • Blue BMW M5 - VS-5RS in Anthracite
  • Blue BMW M5 - VS-5RS in Motorsport Gold
  • Grey BMW M5 - SM-10 in Anthracite

These F10 M5 wheel fitments are ideal for the driver who wants to fill out the wheel wells with the widest possible rubber and/or perfectly flush fitments. These stance oriented fitments are sometimes direct bolt-on, but often require small spacers, negative camber, or rolled fenders for the sake of dialing in the perfect blend of function and form.

Narrower tire sizes relative to rim width are more common here to help move the tire sidewall away from the fenders with more aggressive offsets. Street-oriented all-season and summer tires are popular options.

Wheels

  • Front Wheel Size: 19x9.5" ET22
  • Rear Wheel Size: 19x11" ET44
    • Available in: EC-7, EC-7RS, SM-10, SM-10RS, VS-5RS
    • 5mm rear spacer required. 12mm rear spacer recommended.

Tires

  • APEX Staff Pick:
    • Front Tire Size: 265/40-19
    • Rear Tire Size: 295/35-20

Wheels

  • Front Wheel Size: 20x9.5" ET22
  • Rear Wheel Size: 20x11" ET44
    • Available in: VS-5RS
    • 5mm rear spacer required. 12mm rear spacer recommended.

Tires

  • APEX Staff Pick:
    • Front Tire Size: 265/35-20
    • Rear Tire Size: 295/30-20
    • All Season: Michelin AS4 (540 TW), Continental ExtremeContact DWS 06+ (540TW)
    • Max Performance Summer: Michelin Pilot Sport 4S (300TW), Continental ExtremeContact Sport (340TW), Bridgestone Potenza Sport (300TW), Yokohama Advan Apex V601 (280TW)
    • Extreme Performance Summer: Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 connect (240TW) 

  • Alternative:
    • Front Tire Size: 265/35-20
    • Rear Tire Size: 305/30-20
    • Rear fitment will be tight and rubbing may occur depending on tire model and spacer choice.
    • All Season: Continental ExtremeContact DWS 06+ (540TW)
    • Max Performance Summer: Michelin Pilot Sport 4S (300TW), Continental ExtremeContact Sport (340TW), Bridgestone Potenza Sport (300TW), Yokohama Advan Apex V601 (280TW)
    • Extreme Performance Summer: Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 connect (240TW) 

Performance Street and Track Wheel Fitment

Wider fitments for enhanced performance

  • Blue BMW M5 - SM-10RS in Brushed Clear
  • Blue BMW M5 - VS-5RS in Motorsport Gold

Whether you enjoy spirited street driving or you are a weekend track warrior chasing lap times, these wheel & tire configurations are ideal for F10 M5 owners 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. See fitment notes under each tire configuration below to see if modifications are required.

Wheels

  • Front Wheel Size: 19x9.5" ET33 or ET35 (VS-5RS) 
  • Rear Wheel Size: 19x10.5" ET45 
    • Available in: EC-7, EC-7RS (ET28 only), SM-10, VS-5RS
    • 5mm front spacers or ET28 front wheels can be used with wider front tires that limit inner clearance
    • 5mm rear spacers may be required with wider tire options
    • 12mm rear spacers recommended for aesthetics

Tires

  • APEX Staff Pick:
    • Front Tire Size: 275/40-19
    • Rear Tire Size: 305/35-19
    • Max Performance Summer: Michelin Pilot Super Sport (300TW), Nitto NT555 G2 (340 TW)
    • Extreme Performance Summer: Pirelli P Zero (220TW) 
    • R-Compound: No options currently available

  • Alternative:
    • Front Tire Size: 265/35-19
    • Rear Tire Size: 295/35-19
    • Shorter front tire option with better track compound availability
    • Max Performance Summer: Michelin Pilot Sport 4S (300TW), Continental ExtremeContact Sport (340TW)
    • Extreme Performance Summer: Falken Azenis RT660 (200TW), Pirelli P Zero (220TW)
    • R-Compound: Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 (180TW)
    • Slicks/Semi-Slicks: Hoosier R7/A7

Winter Wheel Fitment

Our wheels are popular for winter use because of their unmatched brake clearance relative to the Stock M5 calipers. We recommend a square fitment to keep things simple and rotatable, although staggered fitments can also be used.

Wheels

  • Front Wheel Size: 19x9" ET28 (ARC-8) or ET30 
  • Rear Wheel Size: 19x9" ET28 (ARC-8) or ET30
    • Available in: ARC-8, EC-7, EC-7RS, SM-10, VS-5RS
    • Minimum of 5mm front spacers required for ARC-8

Tires

  • APEX Staff Pick:
    • Front Tire Size: 255/40-19
    • Rear Tire Size: 255/40-19
    • Direct Fit
    • Studless Ice & Snow: Michelin X-Ice Snow, Continental VikingContact Pro
    • Performance Winter: Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3, Vredestein Wintrac Pro

Wheels

  • Front Tire Size: 19x9.5" ET28 
  • Rear Tire Size: 19x9.5" ET28 
    • Available in: EC-7, EC-7RS, SM-10, VS-5RS

Tires

  • APEX Staff Pick:
    • Front Tire Size: 265/40-19
    • Rear Tire Size: 265/40-19  
    • Direct Fit
    • Studless Ice & Snow: No options currently available
    • Performance Winter: Michelin Pilot Alpin 5, Continental WinterContact TS830 P, Pirelli Pzero Winter

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