Apex Wheels 17" VS-5RS in Anthracite

BMW E85 & E86 Z4 Non-M Wheels

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Lightweight forged & flow formed Apex wheels for your 2002-2008 BMW E8X Z4 Coupe/Roadster. Includes 2.0i, 2.2i, 2.5i, 2.5si, 3.0i, 3.0si. Browse our inventory of BMW wheels.

Sprint Line

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Finish: Anthracite


BMW E85 E86 Z4 Wheel Performance

One of the best “bang for your buck” modifications you can do to your non-M Z4 is installing a set of E85 & E86 Z4 wheels paired with some grippy non-run-flat tires. With a relatively lightweight and compact package, the E85 & E86 Z4 can be quite competent and fun to drive both on the street and at the track. However, the non-M variants of these cars came standard with run-flat tires from the factory which significantly hindered the handling and performance of these cars.

We’ve created forged wheels like the VS-5RS, EC-7RS, SM-10RS and flow formed wheels like the ARC-8, EC-7, and SM-10 to improve performance. You can learn all about our recommended setups via our E85 & E86 Z4 (Non-M) Fitment Guide.

About the E85 and E86 Z4M

The first generation BMW Z4 was unveiled at the 2002 Paris Motor Show and sold through the model years of 2002-2008. Initially, the Z4 was only available in a soft top roadster variant with the chassis designation E85. In North American markets the E85 Z4 was offered with two M54-based inline-six engine options, with a standard 2.5 liter making 192 hp and 181 lb-ft of torque, or an optional 3.0 liter making 231 hp and 221 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent to the rear wheels with both manual and automatic transmission options available to choose from. In 2006, the Z4 went through a mid-cycle refresh that included quite a bit of both aesthetic and mechanical changes. Most notably, the older M54 engines were replaced with the more modern N52 inline-six, which was sold in two variants in North America, with either the 3.0i making 218 hp and 199 lb-ft of torque, or the 3.0si making 265hp and 232 lb-ft of torque. Along with the changes to the E85 roadster, BMW also added the E86 hardtop coupe to the Z4 lineup, which was only offered in the 3.0si trim state-side. The LCI E85 & E86 continued to be sold through 2008 and would later be replaced by the E89 Z4. For the higher output models, an upgraded set of widened E85 or E86 Z4 wheels is a must do modification!

If you would like to learn more about the E85 & E86 non-M Z4, Car & Classic has an excellent article that takes a deeper look into the technical details surrounding these cars. You can find that article via the following link below: Car & Classic: BMW Z4-The Time Is Now

VS-5RS Specifications

Wheel Size
17x9.5" ET35
Face Profile
Profile 3
Bolt Pattern
Center Bore
Centering Ring
N/A Direct fit
Lug Seat
60 Degree Conical
Center Cap
Gloss Black
Load Rating
1,500 lbs
~16.8 lbs
Tested By
Test Reference #
Front Profile

* Designed to fit BMW 5x120mm center caps

E85 E86 Gallery

  • Blue BMW Z4 - SM-10 in Anthracite
  • Grey BMW Z4 - SM-10 in Satin Black

Fitment Help

Which Wheels Should I Get?

Check out our Fitment Guides, the most in-depth, authoritative guides for wheel and tire fitments, tailored for your vehicle and how you drive it.

VS-5RS Features


10K Tons of Pressure

Our new forgings weigh as much as 120 pounds before machining. To form such a thick blank we require special equipment capable of 10,000 metric tons of pressure. This extreme pressure increases the strength of the aluminum by eliminating porosity and improving the grain structure.

True Motorsport Blanks

Many companies use 3rd-party blanks intended for non-motorsport wheels which can severely limit sizes, concavity, spoke design, and critical brake clearance. We designed our very own blank profiles from scratch to give us total control over the final product.

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Side-Milled Spokes

To be as light as possible the VS-5RS features extra-deep, side-milled spokes. Any excess material that doesn’t add strength is carved out using a precision CNC ball cutter. Side-milling is often deemed cost-prohibitive by others, but for true performance without compromise we believe it's essential.

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A Stronger Lightweight Wheel

Our forged Sprint™ wheels are lightweight without the strength compromises found on typical lightweight wheels. First, we carved out as much material as possible, then we purposefully added one pound back to reinforce critical areas, creating a stronger inner lip and a higher load rating.² What’s the point of a lightweight wheel if it’s fragile?

Load Ratings (lbs)
JWL Load Standard 1521
Typical Forged Wheels 1521
APEX Flow Formed 1550
APEX Forged Sprint™ Line 1600

Weight Optimized

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

APEX Sprint™ Line
18 lbs 1600 lbs
APEX Flow Formed
21 lbs 1550 lbs
  • Wheel Weight
  • Load Rating

Independently Tested

We don't rely solely on computer simulations or unverifiable in-house testing. We believe independent testing is critical to protect consumers in this unregulated industry. We chose STL, an independent lab in Ohio, to test our Sprint™ wheels far above JWL standards, including increases in testing duration, impact drop height, and total load.

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Tougher Inner Lip

Introducing the Sprint™ spec inner lip, with a unique channel profile that makes it even stronger than our previous designs. So even though our Sprint™ wheels are pounds lighter than comparable flow formed wheels, the inner lip is stronger.


More reinforcement

than our flow formed wheels3

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Big Brake Clearance

From day one, APEX has been on a mission to build wheels that clear big brakes. Our new forged wheels are the product of everything we’ve developed over the past 10+ years, including an innovative high-clearance barrel design and vehicle-specific spoke profiles.

Deeper Concavity

Our new forgings were redesigned to create extra deep, concave spoke profiles. Their new shape allows us to make any profile, from flat to deep and everything in between. Each one is optimized for a specific application using 3D laser scans of factory and aftermarket brake kits.

Paintless Knurled Bead

Whether it's a day at the track or months of street driving, repeated hard braking and acceleration can make a tire slip along the bead seat and go out of balance, causing vibration. Knurled beads help, but are less effective when painted over. Our forged line features unpainted knurled beads that stay sharp and maximize grip.

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Built for Impact Sockets

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

Laser-Engraved Specs

As track enthusiasts ourselves, we know how frustrating it is to try to locate and decipher wheel specs that have been hastily hammered into the rim or become unreadable over time. With our new Sprint™ wheels, we chose to invest a little extra and laser-engrave the specs on the barrel, in plain sight, making them easy to find and read. (You’re welcome.)

Additional Features

Hub Centric

All VS-5RS wheels are purpose built for select vehicle applications. Very few applications require centering rings.

Center Caps

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.

Wheel Hardware

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.

VS-5RS Warranty

A Wheel You Can Depend On

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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Accidental Damage

Curb rash or pothole damage on the street? Make an oopsie at the track? We’ve all been there. APEX is proud to offer 50% off replacement wheels, no matter the damage.
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¹ VS-5RS vs. the original EC-7R, comparing side milling of 18x9” ET46 5x130 fitment.

² Strength and weight comparisons are based on an 18” BMW 5x120 wheel.

³ Comparing the amount of material reinforcement in our standard inner lip profile vs Sprint™ spec inner lip profile on an 18” wheel.

⁴ All wheels compared with equivalent 18x10” ET25 5x120mm / 72.56mm fitment