Automakers are starting to offer compelling wheels straight from the factory.
There’s a good reason the aftermarket wheel industry is booming while performance parts sales are lagging. Many car owners are OK with investing thousands of dollars into having attractive wheels on their cars, some of which are lightweight and help enhance performance. Unique wheels are one of the most effective ways of making a car stand out.
Take a look at the top five coolest factory wheels that come on production cars.
5. BMW M4 GTS
The only wheel on this list that doesn’t have some sort of a gimmick, the BMW M4 GTS comes with exclusive M light alloy wheels in star-spoke M styling that are forged, polished, and come in a unique Acid Orange color. Unlike other stock wheels that look quite plain, the BMW M4 GTS wheels feature an aftermarket-like design that’s stylish and trendy with a bit of retro flair. The Acid Orange highlights really complement the look of the M4 GTS.
4. Porsche 911 GT3 RS
True center-locking wheels are a rarity on production cars, but considering that the Porsche 911 GT3 RS is race-bred, they almost feel like a necessity on the sports car. The car comes standard with 20-inch rollers up front and larger 21-inch wheels in the rear, made from a forged alloy and finished in a platinum paint finish. Compared to the conventional four- or five-bolt wheel connection, the center-lock offers enhanced performance thanks to less rotating mass and, of course, it makes it quicker for awheel and tire change, something that’s extremely important in the pits when the clock is ticking.
3. Rolls-Royce Self-Righting Center Cap
In the world of luxury, there are many aspects of a Rolls-Royce vehicle that stand out. But one of the most unique components is the British automaker’s self-righting center caps. While other wheels have their center caps rotating with the rest of the wheel, Rolls-Royce vehicles feature a weighted logo so that the Rolls-Royce logo is always facing the correct direction. It’s a subtle detail, but one of many details that help make Rolls-Royces so exquisite.
2. Ford GT Optional Carbon Fiber Wheel
Ford actually began offering carbon fiber wheels with its Shelby GT350R Mustang, but the optionalwheel heading to the Ford GT is more attractive in our eyes. The lightweight carbon fiber wheel is available in two finishes: matte or a glossy clearcoat. Not only are they incredibly strong, but they’re extremely light, helping reduce unsprung weight and rotation inertia to make the Ford GT deliver an even more dynamic driving experience.
1. Koenigsegg Regera Carbon Fiber Wheel
Arguably the coolest wheels that come on a production car are the carbon fiber rims on the KoenigseggRegera. The company has made carbon fiber wheel designs for its other vehicles, but the Regera’swheel is unique because it features a design that you wouldn’t find in a standard aluminum wheelbecause it would be too heavy and too weak, according to CEO Christian von Koenigsegg. Oh yeah, and it’s center-locking just like the Porsche 911 GT3 RS.