Official APEX VW VS-5RS Forged 17" & 18" Wheel Thread


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Introducing The All-New APEX Forged Sprint Line
Engineered Specifically for MK6/MK7/MK8 VWs

Our forged Sprint™ line was built to be extremely light while still offering a meaningful strength increase over our flow formed wheels. Engineered for drivers looking to shed as much weight as possible to improve lap times.

➡︎ 10K ton forged 6061-T6 aluminum

➡︎ Stronger Sprint™ spec inner lip

➡︎ Side-milled spokes for reduced weight

➡︎ Massive brake clearance

➡︎ Unmatched replacement program

➡︎ Lifetime structural warranty

➡︎ Independently tested and certified

VW Specific Fitments

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 which gives us total control over the final product, resulting in exceptionally deep spokes and stronger designs.

Learn more about our true motorsport blanks.

Side-milled Spokes

One of the most significant upgrades to our Sprint wheels 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.

➡︎ 40-50% Wider
➡︎ 50-100% Deeper

Learn more about our wider and deeper side-milling.

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.¹ What’s the point of a lightweight wheel if it’s fragile?

Weight Optimize

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.

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.

Learn more about our rigorous independent testing.

Tough 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 32% stronger.

Learn more about our Sprint™ spec inner lip.

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 Beads

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.

Learn more about why our forged wheels have unpainted knurled beads.

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.

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 APEX VW/Audi wheels with a 5x112mm bolt pattern are purpose-built featuring a 57.1mm center bore. No centering rings required.

Center Caps - We don't charge extra for caps and we design our wheels to be interchangeable with the OE center caps for enthusiasts seeking a clean factory look. All wheels come with our gloss Black APEX caps included. We also offer optional gloss red and gloss blue VW/Audi spec APEX caps.

Hardware - APEX wheels can be used with all OEM VW/Audi R13 Ball Seat mounting hardware, OE-Spec aftermarket hardware, and wheel spacers.

Lifetime Warranty

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.

Learn more

APEX Wheel Replacement Program

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.

Learn more

A Fitment For You

We’ve tirelessly test-fitted hundreds of setup combinations in order to provide direct-fit, spacer-free wheel packages for everything from showroom-fresh cars to all-out race builds. Our detailed fitment guides help you avoid costly trial-and-error and walk you through every step of finding your perfect setup.

Explore our MK6 Golf/GTI/R Fitment Guides

Explore our MK7 Golf/GTI/R Fitment Guides

Explore our MK8 Golf/GTI/R Fitment Guides

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We greatly appreciate all of the interest thus far. While many here already have direct experience with our existing wheel designs for the VW, I recognize that some of you may still not be familiar with APEX.

After 15 years of engineering lightweight flow formed wheels for motorsport use, we knew it was time to leverage our growing in-house engineering department and everything we had learned over the years by adding forged wheels to our offering. To be honest, it took much longer to launch this Forged Sprint Line than we would have liked, but most of that was due to the fact that we had to create custom motorsport blanks to ensure we could deliver the motorsport features we wanted our wheels to embody. Many wheel companies market their wheels as track/motorsport oriented, however, not all of them truly deliver when when you look past the surface.

Here are some good supportive blog articles and videos that dive further into the details of what sets our newest Forged Sprint Line wheels apart:

Testing to a Higher Standard

All Wheel Blanks are not Created Equal

- Geirsen


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What price point are we looking at, and where are they manufactured?
Hi there,

These wheels retail at $569 a piece but if you purchase via our current Group Buy, you can save up to $300 on a set of four, plus free shipping!

Here is some information pertaining to our manufacturing process:

All APEX wheels are designed by our in-house team of engineers in the USA. We even design the dies that stamp out the raw forgings used by these wheels, instead of buying off the shelf blanks. APEX sends wheels to STL labs in Ohio and the VIA in Japan for independent testing to act as an audit. APEX wheels are produced overseas in China and Taiwan, but we aren’t simply placing orders for wheels like some manufacturers do. Not only do we control the design and use far more advanced FEA techniques, we also oversee QC, and we are the one’s with the extensive CNC and finishing knowledge. Our engineering team has years of direct experience manufacturing high end motorsport wheels right here in the USA, and we’re simply applying scale and volume to what would ordinarily require boutique pricing.

Please let me know if you have any other questions!



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With 32 pledges locked in 62 enthusiasts on the interested list, we are seeing some great momentum as we wrap up the first week of this deal. With just under a month remaining in our 17” VS-5RS Group Buy, there is still plenty of time for us to reach the max discount of $300 off plus free shipping*.

Just as a friendly reminder, it is important to note that our Group Buys are “first come, first served”. With that said, the sooner you lock in your official pledge, the higher the chances are that you will be able to get your preferred finish/fitment!

Meatier Tires and Faster Lap Times: The Benefits of 17" Wheels

When we initially reached out to the VW community with the intention of developing a track-focused wheel for the Golf, GTI, and Golf R, we quickly recognized the lack of aftermarket 17” wheels that prioritized functionality. Many of the 17” aftermarket wheels available to VW enthusiasts were not designed from the ground-up for a chassis-specific application, nor were they offered in fitments that the VW track community desired. This resulted in many enthusiasts needing to run spacers and/or centering rings if they wanted to use 17” wheels, and even then, brake clearance was still a major concern. For the MK7 GTI and Golf R specifically, 18” wheels were often the only option available for a hub-centric track wheel that could clear larger OEM and aftermarket brake kits while providing a performance-focused fitment.

With our long history in grassroots motorsports, we understand that many enthusiasts have to pursue their passion on a tight budget. When it comes to consumables, the price difference between a set of 17” and 18” tires can typically equate to another full day at the track. As enthusiasts ourselves, we recognize the value of any additional seat time that we can get throughout the season.

Taking into consideration that larger diameter wheels are quickly becoming more popular amongst enthusiasts, we feel that it is worth diving into some of the benefits that come along with downsizing to a proper track-focused 17” wheel.

The Main Benefits of 17" Wheels

+ Less weight

+ Lowest price

+ Less expensive tire costs

+ Additional wheel protection against road hazards or going off track

+ Can fit taller tire sidewalls for improved ride quality

+ Provides a functional and performance-oriented appearance

Here are a few examples of track-focused VWs running our 17x9” ET42 VS-5RS wheels in Brushed Clear, wrapped in 255/40-17 Hankook RS4 tires:



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Update Time!

With 39 pledges and 78 listed as interested, we are well on our way to reaching the maximum discount of $300 off plus free shipping! With 20 days remaining, there is still plenty of time to jump in on this deal to secure your own set of track-focused 17x9" ET42 Forged VS-5RS VW/Audi wheels at a significant discount.

For your viewing pleasure, here are a few shots from our recent MK7 GTI photoshoot. For those curious, you can find the full mod list for this car below:

Mike's 2019 MK7 VW GTI Autobahn

APEX Wheels Forged VS-5RS in Brushed Clear

F/R: 17x9" ET42 with 255/40-17 Hankook RS4


AFe Dry Filter, OEM Airbox Mod
034 Turbo Intake hose
034 Turbo Inlet Pipe
Neuspeed Front Mount Intercooler (black)
Neuspeed Hi Flo Turbo Discharge Pipe
Neuspeed Turbo Muffler Delete
034 Boost Hose Kit
RS3 Coil Packs
RS7 Spark Plugs
Forge Motorsports Air/Oil Separator
034 Billet Oil Filter Housing
Spullen DSG Oil Catch Can
034 Upper & Lower Dogbone Mount Inserts
FluidDamper Engine Damper
EQT Grounding Kit
COBB ABS Module Heat Shield
ECS Tuning Brake Master Cylinder Brace


Equilibrium Tuning Stage 1 IS20 91
Equilibrium Tuning TCU 7spd DSG Tune
Approximate Power : 310hp - 375ft lbs


034 Res-X Resonator Delete (mid-pipe)
OEM Down Pipe
OEM Muffler


Audi S3 Aluminum Subframe
iSweep Tunnel Brace
iSweep Rear Sub Frame Brace
EuroSport Upper Front Strut Bar
Racing Line Carbon Fiber Rear Body Brace
TyrolSport Deadset Rigid Subframe Collar Kit


Bilstein B16 Damptronic Coilovers
034 Motorsports RCO Camber Ball Joints
034 Motorsports Adjustable Rear Sway Bar
SuperPro Front Lower Control Arms
SuperPro Rear Trailing Arm Bushings
Moog Anti Sway Bar End-Links


StopTech Trophy BBK (Front)
StopTech Sport Slotted Rotors (F&R)
StopTech Stainless Steel Brake Lines (F&R)
StopTech R660 Performance Brake Fluid
Ferodo DS2500 Pads (Front)


Aerofabb Front Splitter v2
Aerofabb Spoiler Extension
RokBlokz Mud Flaps (Short)
Acexxon Motorsports Rear Reflector Delete
Lamin-X Yellow Fog Light Covers (2 Layers)
eBay Paddle Shifter Extensions
Rennline 45mm Competition Wheel Stud Conversion (19mm socket - torque to 90 ft/lbs)



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Max Discount Unlocked!

We have officially passed the 50+ pledge threshold to unlock the maximum discount for this deal of $300 off plus free shipping!*

If you haven't already, now is the time to lock in your pledge. This deal is first come, first served. The sooner you submit your official pledge to the deal, the higher the chances are you will get your first preference on wheel finish/fitment. With only 12 days remaining, you do not want to miss out on this incredible discount for our all-new 17" track-focused and fully-forged VS-5RS VW/Audi wheels!

For your viewing pleasure, here are a few of our favorite shots of Golf MK7 forum member @ckuhns MK7 GSW!


APEX Wheels Forged VS-5RS in Brushed Clear

F/R: 17x9" ET42 with 245/40-17 Hankook RS4 tires

Golf R Front Bumper

APR Stage 1 Tune - 91 Octane

APR 350mm Front Brake Kit

GTI Powerpack Rear Brakes

Bilstein B16 coilovers with 034 Motorsports Camber mounts

034 Motorsports Front and Rear Swaybars



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Only 6 days remain in our 17" VS-5RS Group Buy!

With 71 pledges locked in and 147 enthusiasts listed as interested, we are well past our goal of unlocking the max discount for this deal of $300 off plus free shipping! With 6 days remaining, there is still some time to join this Group Buy to claim your own set of our all-new 17x9" ET42 Forged VS-5RS wheels at an incredible discount!

For your viewing pleasure, here are a few shots from our recent MK8 GTI photoshoot. This car is bone-stock aside from a set of our 17x9" ET42 VS-5RS in Brushed Clear wrapped in 245/40-17 Hankook RS4 tires. Enjoy!



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17” VS-5RS Forged Wheel Group Buy Ending Soon!

With a little less than 1 day remaining in this Group Buy, now is the last chance to submit your pledge for a set of our all-new 17” Forged VS-5RS wheels at this incredible price point! With 88 pledges locked in and 164 enthusiasts on the interested list, the max discount of $300 off a set plus free shipping* is fully unlocked, but only for those who officially pledge to the deal.

It is important to note that if you are on the interested list, you will not be included in this deal once it closes. With that said, now is your last opportunity to submit your official pledge to ensure your selections are locked-in! The 17” VS-5RS Group Buy will be closing to any additional pledges on Tuesday August 9th at 11:59 PM Pacific.

If you have any last minute questions regarding wheel fitment or the Group Buy process, please let us know as soon as possible to ensure you have the correct selections once the deal ends.

Happy pledging from The APEX Team!​


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Just as a heads-up, our Black Friday sale is coming up shortly with discounts up to 30% off across our entire catalog! You can check out the details on our Pre-Sale page below:

APEX Black Friday Sale 2022

If you have any fitment or technical questions before placing an order, please feel free to reach out to us here or via PM!



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Our most popular VW/Audi Forged Group Buy is back! Save up to $300 off plus free shipping on the lightest and most track-focused VW/Audi wheel we offer!

Our lightest design ever is now available for MQB VW/Audi applications! Available in our most popular track-focused fitment, the 17x9" ET42 VS-5RS is the ideal fit for those wanting the perfect balance between weight and strength. Compared to our flow formed SM-10, wheel weights have been reduced and load ratings increased while the 17" diameter offers more affordable tire costs for your average HPDE participant.

Join The Gang!



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I know a lot of you have been anxiously awaiting the official release of our new VW/Audi 18x9" ET42 VS-5RS, and I really appreciate everyone's patience while the first batch of these wheels have been wrapping up production. With that being said, I am happy to report some very exciting news! As of this morning, the 18x9" ET42 VS-5RS is officially live on our website and is currently open to pre-orders at a 10% discount off MSRP.

The pre-order phase will carry on through the end of our upcoming 4th of July sale. With that in mind, if you are looking to pick-up a set at a discount, now is the time to do so to ensure you get your preferred finish color locked-in before the first production batch sells out. Currently, the 18x9" ET42 VS-5RS will be offered in Anthracite, Brushed Clear, Satin Black, and Satin Bronze at launch. If there are any particular finishes anyone would like to see for the second production run, please feel free to let me know, as we will be gauging demand throughout the pre-order phase.

At this time, we are expecting the first batch to arrive at our warehouse around late July/early August. These wheels will be arriving in two different shipments, so certain finishes might be showing up sooner than others.

Over the next couple of weeks, I will be working on getting these wheels added to our applicable fitment guides, as well as getting some content prepped to share with the VW/Audi community. It is important to note that while these wheels have the same fitment as our 18x9" ET42 Flow Formed SM-10s, they DO NOT have the same brake clearance. There are a few certain brake kits that this new wheel will not be able to clear (8-Piston TTRS/RS3 front brakes, for example), so if you have a larger aftermarket BBK, please do not hesitate to reach out to confirm brake clearance before pulling the trigger! That said, the 18x9" ET42 VS-5RS will still be able to clear all of the factory MQB VW and non-RS MQB Audi OEM brakes, as well as the vast majority of popular OE+ (Macan) and aftermarket BBKs.

If anyone has any questions regarding the ordering process, fitment, brake clearance, etc, please do not hesitate to reach out!



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The 18x9" ET42 VS-5RS Preorder Sale has been officially extended!

With the first production run of our new 18x9" ET42 VS-5RS VW/Audi wheels expected to arrive at our warehouse around late July/early August, we have decided to extend the 10% preorder discount until the end of the month. So far, we have gotten quite a few preorders locked-in over the 4th of July Holiday, so you will need to act fast to ensure you get your preferred finish selection before they sell out!

As always, if anyone has any fitment or technical questions, please do not hesitate to reach out!