Model 3’s are capable cars but they’re straddled with narrow wheels and tires from the factory for a few reasons, but none of those related to performance. If you want to extract more speed 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 Tesla Model 3 Wheel & Tire Fitment Guide.
The Model 3 wasn’t the first car Tesla produced, but it’s arguably the most important one to date. Starting in 2017 with an entry price of just $35,000 MSRP, it was an unheard of value for an electric car at the time. Bolting a set of Apex wheels onto your Model 3 is a perfect way to electrify the appearance (sorry, we had to).
Part of being one of the most technologically advanced vehicles on the road, it’s only natural that the Model 3 saw numerous updates since it first launched. Upgrades to the motors to increase power were available on select models through a wireless software update. Full Self Driving was added, something that people seem to be pretty mixed on. In 2023 Tesla announced significant price drops across the board. The Model 3 specifically saw a drop close to $10,000 compared to 2022 pricing.
Debuting in 2019, Tesla announced the Model 3 Performance as their first mass production Model 3 geared towards driving enthusiasts. While all Teslas historically have been quick cars, they often lacked good driving dynamics, aka handling response and braking. But no longer was this an issue. The Model 3 Performance featured a motor upgrade at both ends over the standard dual-motor cars, along with a stifferend, lowered suspension and larger brakes to help slow down its somewhat hefty mass. The only oversight was wheels and tires, as they only increased the diameter to 20” wheels and not the width. Adding a set of our Model 3 wheels to your car is a perfect way to finish off a great package. Speaking of weight, the Performance does a remarkable job hiding its over 4k lb curb weight to those behind the wheel. Good enough to stand up to the stiff German automaker competition? See what TopGear has to say about that: Tesla Model 3 Performance review: a BMW M3/C63 rival?
* Designed to fit Tesla Model 3 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.
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.
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 VS-5RS 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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We’ve all been there. APEX is proud to offer 50% off replacement
wheels, no matter the damage.
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