Apex Wheels 18" VS-5RS in Anthracite

VW MK5 Golf Wheels

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Lightweight forged & flow formed APEX wheels for your 2003-2009 VW MK5 Golf

Sprint Line

Finish: Anthracite


MK5 Golf Wheel Performance

As an economy-focused entry-level hatchback, the stock MK5 Golf wheels and tires tend to be less than ideal when enjoying a spirited drive on a twisty backroad. This is mainly due to the slim OEM wheel and tire sizes used, as they quickly reach their limit of grip at a much lower speed than what the chassis is capable of. If you want to maximize the performance of your MK5 Golf, a chassis-specific set of lightweight wheels in a wider fitment will completely transform your driving experience. We developed our forged VS-5RS and flow formed SM-10 wheels to reduce weight and improve overall traction. You can check out all of our offerings for MK5 Golf wheels via our chassis specific MK5 Wheel & Tire fitment guide.

History of the MK5 Golf

If you’re searching for MK5 Golf wheels, you’ve come to the right place! However, before you lock in your final fitment, design, and finish selections let's first take a quick look at the history of the MK5 chassis.

The 5th generation Golf made its debut at Frankfurt Motor Show in October 2003 and was sold during the model years of 2004-2009. In North American markets, the base MK5 Golf was offered in 3-door and 5-door hatchback variants with both diesel and gas engine options that could be paired with a standard 5-speed or 6-speed manual (depending on year/configuration), or an optional 6-speed tiptronic automatic transmission. In 2007, a long wheel base wagon configuration of the MK5 was released, offering significantly improved rear cargo space. While technically still on the MK5 Golf chassis, the wagon variant was sold under the “Jetta” nameplate in North American Markets. Over the years, these cars have continued to hold up and offer a fun and practical, yet budget-focused ownership experience. With the plethora of aftermarket parts available, you can also build these cars to be quite brisk on the street or at the track. For the best “bang for your buck” we suggest starting with a set of Apex MK5 Golf wheels and tires in a wide and flush fitment.

For the MK5 chassis, we recommend a smaller diameter 17” wheel, which offers more performance and functionality benefits compared to larger diameter wheels. You can learn more about the benefits of 17” wheels via our VW-focused article: Meatier Tires and Faster Lap Times: The Benefits of 17” Wheels.

While a set of Apex MK5 Golf wheels paired with some sticky performance tires can completely transform your car’s handling ability, it is important to always consider maintenance before mods. Especially with an older chassis such as the MK5, there are plenty of things to keep an eye on to ensure your car is running smoothly. Driving.co.UK wrote up an excellent used buyers guide/review on the MK5 Golf.

VS-5RS Specifications

Wheel Size
18x9" ET42
Face Profile
Profile 1
Bolt Pattern
Center Bore
Centering Ring
N/A Direct fit
Lug Seat
R13 Ball Seat
Center Cap
Gloss Black
Load Rating
1,600 lbs
17.7 lbs
Tested By
Test Reference #
Front Profile

* Designed to fit VW Golf center caps

MK5 Gallery

  • Red VW Golf - SM-10 in Satin Black

Fitment Help

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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