Apex Wheels 18" VS-5RS in Anthracite

Chevrolet C8 Narrowbody Corvette Wheels

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Lightweight forged & flow formed wheels for your 2021+ C8 Narrowbody Corvette including Z51, Stingray

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Sprint Line

Finish: Anthracite

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Chevrolet Corvette C8 Stingray/Z51 Narrowbody Wheel Performance

Narrowbody C8 Corvettes (Stingray, Z51) are starting to get into the hands of enthusiasts, but most available wheel options are either too narrow or not up to the task of prolonged track use. Plus, 8.5” wide front wheels with 245s aren’t going to cut it with all the grip available from the platform. If you want to extract even more performance from your car, a lightweight chassis specific set of wider wheels and tires will make a world of difference. We created forged wheels such as the Apex VS-5RS and SM-10RS along with flow formed wheels such as the EC-7 and SM-10 to increase performance. Find out what fitment is best for your application in our Chevrolet C8 Corvette Wheel & Tire Fitment Guide.

A Brief History of the 2020+ Corvette

Our selection of C8 Corvette wheels are ready to bolt on to your Stingray or Z51 to improve performance and give it a custom appearance. America’s longest running sports car, the C8 Corvette was all new in 2020 and featured the most significant change in its history. It’s hard to mention C8 and not also say mid-engine in the same phrase, but the truth is it is such a dramatic change from the traditional Corvette that it’s worth going over again. For years it had been rumored that the “next Corvette” would position the engine behind the driver, something that is generally preferred for all out performance due to weight bias and chassis dynamics. Those rumors finally came true when Chevrolet first unveiled the C8 in July of 2019 during a live stream from California. Almost the entire car was brand new from previous generations which meant new wheel specs as well.

What Makes it a Good Track Car

Despite massive changes, the C8 Corvette still had some of the old school formula we all know and love. A big V8 engine and rear wheel drive. This time, power is transferred just a short distance to the rear wheels via a dual clutch transmission supplied by Tremec. No manual option is available, so while some enthusiasts moaned, people chasing pure speed and lap times rejoiced with the lightning quick shifts and seamless acceleration the DCT provides. The new LT2 engine, while structurally similar to the LT1, features a host of updates for better breathing, raising power to 495 horsepower and 470 lb/ft of torque. Many consider the C8 to be the total package, and it’s hard to argue with the formula they have assembled. When it first launched, MotorTrend got their hands on a press car and took it for a spin: The Chevy Corvette C8 Is the Best Car I've Ever Driven.

VS-5RS Specifications

Front
Rear
Wheel Size
18x12" ET50
Face Profile
Profile 3
Bolt Pattern
5x120mm
Center Bore
67.1mm
Centering Ring
N/A Direct fit
Lug Seat
60 Degree Conical
Center Cap
Gloss Black
OEM Cap
Compatible*
Load Rating
1,600 lbs
Weight
~20.7 lbs
Tested By
STL
Test Reference #
STL-AX1-0012
Front Profile

* Designed to fit late C6-C8 Corvette center caps

C8 Narrowbody Gallery

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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

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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
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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.

32%

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.

32mm

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.

TPMS

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
Replacement

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