The factory 996 GT2 wheels are very good in terms of their fitment but are much heavier than one would expect of the pinnacle of 996. If you want to maximize the potential of your GT2, a set of our lightweight chassis specific and lighter wheels will make a world of difference. We created Forged wheels such as the Apex VS-5RS, SM-10RS, EC-7RS and our Flow Formed SM-10 to increase performance. Find out what fitment is best for your application in our Porsche 911 996 GT2 Wheel & Tire Fitment Guide.
The 996 GT2 was the second 911 to carry the GT2 name and while we do offer wheels for this 996 911 GT2 let's dive into what makes this car so special. The previous GT2 was made in very low numbers during the 993 generation with just 57 road cars being built. The ethos behind the two cannot be more different. The 993 GT2 was the homologation special for the GT2 class at the time, whereas by the time the 996 was in full production we had moved on to newer GT3 class rules which didn’t align with the big power turbo rules the 993 was built around. This rule set was homologated with the new GT3 model leaving the 996 GT2 to be more road focused. Power was up to 456 hp initially before being increased to 476hp later in production. This was only available with the 6-speed manual transmission and with the increased power and the reduced weight from a Turbo made for a very distinct driving experience. With a new more aggressive front bumper with built in splitter and a fixed carbon fiber rear wing the GT2 looked the part just as the 993 did before it. It also came with the wider bodywork from the Turbo unlike the GT3 which shared widths with the standard Carrera.
While it wasn’t marketed as a track car like the GT3, this doesn’t mean the GT2 falls short on track. It was afterall the fastest 996 911 available. With the huge power (for the time) and only rear wheel drive this felt like the most like the 930’s of old. A quote from Hartmut Kristen which was posted in the Car and Driver article listed below said “It's for the driver who wants to be able to take his car to its absolute limits on his own”. The 996 911 GT2 wheels we offer are very close in spec to the factory wheels. Our 19x9”ET46 while being a half inch wider actually sits in the same place in relation to the fender as the OE wheel does and the rear 18x12” ET46 is within 1mm of the factory rear. This lets you continue to run the factory tire size while reducing weight even further. Feel free to check out the 996 GT2 Wheel and Tire Fitment Guide for all the possible wheel and tire configurations. The 996 GT2 remains a very sought after model in the 996 lineup demanding a premium to this day.
* Designed to fit Porsche 5x130mm center caps
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.
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.
One of the most significant upgrades to the EC-7RS is the addition of wider and deeper 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.
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?
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
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.
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.
than our flow formed wheels3
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.
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.
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.
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
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.)
All EC-7RS 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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