While they are attached to one of the most iconic performance cars in BMW’s history, E30 M3 wheels are still a product of their time. 15” and 16” OE diameters limit tire choices in the modern market along with aftermarket brake options while the 7 to 7.5 inch wheel width lacks sidewall support for the more aggressive fitments owners can run. A lightweight set of 17” ARC-8 flow formed wheels is the perfect upgrade for any E30 M3 owner looking to run modern and easily sourced tires that also increase performance. Be sure to review our BMW E30 M3 Wheel & Tire Fitment Guide to find your perfect fitment.
The E30 M3 has gone down in the history books as one of the best drivers cars ever made for public roads. Sold between 1986 and 1991, less than 6,000 units ever made it to the United States making this the rarest M3 model. The E30 M3 was created as a homologation special to allow BMW to enter it into multiple touring car racing series. A minimum of 5,000 street going examples were required for this car to be eligible for the series. To much surprise for the BMW execs of the time, the road going E30 M3 was a major hit and created a new segment of sports sedans. The racing version was incredibly successful on track and dominated the touring car series of its time. Ranking up five wins at the 24 hours of Nurburgring and four wins at the 24 hours of Spa, BMW proved its capabilities utilizing a lightweight naturally aspirated design. Read more about all of the E30 M3s racing victories.
Here at Apex, we can credit this amazing machine for getting our company started, as our first ever fitments were 5 lug E30 M3 wheels! Our founder Eddy Pintacsi was a devout E30 enthusiast and saw an opportunity to offer a solution for these cars with a chassis specific lightweight wheel fitment at a reasonable price point. Being a true momentum car with a lightweight design ethos, the ARC-8 was an ideal solution to taking grip levels to the next level with a wider tire setup and keeping weight in check.
The E30 is a hero car to many BMW enthusiasts. From its light curb weight well under 3,000lbs to its rev happy S14 4 cylinder engine, the E30 M3 is the definition of a true drivers car. Paired with some of the best 80s styling elements like its boxy fender flares and big wing, discerning enthusiasts can’t resist its appeal.
* Designed to fit BMW 5x120mm center caps
Flow forming enables us to create high performance wheels without the price premium of forging. It improves the mechanical properties and grain structure of the barrel, increasing its strength and stiffness, which allows us to use less material and reduce weight. Thanks to our superior engineering, our flow formed wheels have a higher load rating than some competitors' forged wheels.
Big brakes often require bigger, heavier, more expensive wheels, which aren’t ideal in a performance environment. The ARC-8 accommodates many big brake kits, even with its classic deep-concave spokes. If you need more clearance, the forged ARC-8R or one of our curved spoke wheel designs has you covered.
We use the deepest concave face profiles we can for every application after factoring in critical clearances such as brake calipers. The ARC-8 utilizes 2 unique profiles to make this possible, with the deepest concave face delivering reduced weight and a stunningly aggressive appearance.
We conducted extensive Finite Element Analysis (FEA) to reinforce high-stress areas and to remove material where it didn’t improve strength. The result is a wheel that is exceptionally light without the strength compromises found on typical lightweight wheels.²
Track wheels need track tools. Don’t settle for wheels that require undersized tuner lugs or thin walled sockets. All APEX wheels accommodate over-sized race lugs and impact sockets to make swapping wheels lightning fast.
Socket Diameter Clearance
The ARC-8 is finished using a multi-stage liquid paint over a powder coated base coat. This coating process leaves lug holes, center bores and mounting pads untouched, which ensures proper fit and torque values.
All APEX Flow Formed wheels meet or meaningfully exceed JWL load rating requirements. Some manufacturers don't meet the minimum requirements, yet still claim to be compliant. Always compare load ratings to ensure you aren’t sacrificing critical strength for a slightly lighter wheel.
The VIA is an independent wheel testing and auditing agency similar to TÜV. Many companies falsely claim their wheels have been certified, and even use the VIA stamp without permission. Our Flow Formed wheels have been certified, and we provide the registration numbers for every wheel. Protect yourself. Demand registration numbers from manufacturers.
All ARC-8 wheels are purpose built for select vehicle applications. Very few applications require centering rings.
All APEX wheels come with our gloss black cap included that is interchangeable with the OE cap. We also offer additional colors for select fitments.
APEX wheels can be used with all OEM mounting hardware, proper aftermarket hardware and most wheel spacers. Wheel locks and stud conversion kits also work perfectly.
All APEX wheels accept OEM and aftermarket Tire Pressure Monitoring Sensors and standard fit valve stems. If you don’t have sensors, then select from our metal stems available in multiple finishes.
All Apex Wheels come with a
lifetime structural warranty against defects in
workmanship and materials, plus a 1 year finish warranty.
Exchanges are fast, easy, and hassle-free.
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