Choosing wheels can be a daunting task, especially since we’re faced by such a huge variety of designs, finishes and manufacturers. To get a sense of the latest styles available, we threw 23 of the latest offerings in a van and headed to the local park.
The wheels vary in construction, using cast, forged and flow-forming technology. We also have a selection of one- and three-piece wheels in classic mesh, five spoke and multi-spoke styles.
So what are the added benefits to each manufacturing process? Many of us are aware of the traditional gravity casting process to create one-piece cast aluminum wheels. However, positive pressure can be added to the process in order to push the molten aluminum into the mold more quickly. This is claimed to add strength and reduce weight versus the gravity technique.
Further improvements can be found through a specialized procedure adding steps to the casting process. Known as flow-forming or spun-rim technology, the process developed by BBS and used for its Formula One wheels starts with a low-pressure cast wheel. A machine then spins and heats the outer rim before steel rollers form its width and contours. This creates a wheel said to be similar in strength to a forged wheel but with the affordability of a casting.
However, forged wheels remain the cream of the crop. Designed for maximum strength and lightweight characteristics, CNC machines-cut billet aluminum to form the wheel. This process is expensive but can be tailored to your specific application, like some of the wheels featured here.
Listed with each design are the available sizes, bolt patterns and finishes, along with its construction and starting price (per wheel). For individual wheel fitments, options or a complete line-up, visit the mentioned websites.
1. Name: Volk Racing C345 Ultralight
Sizes: 17, 18"
Bolt patterns: 5x100, 5x114.3, 5x112, 5x120
Finishes: black, mercury silver II and custom colors
Construction: mold-forged 1pc
Starting Price: $700
Website: rays-msc.com, mackinindustries.com
2. Name: BBS CH-R
Bolt Patterns: 5x100 to 5x130
Finishes: matte black-brilliant, silver-titanium with stainless rim protector
Construction: one-piece counter-pressure with flow-formed rim
Starting Price: $660
3. Name: DPE S20
Sizes: 18-22" (19-21" step-lip)
Bolt Patterns: custom
Starting Price: $1285
4. Name: SSR Professor MS3
Bolt Patterns: standard and custom PCD available
Finishes: titan silver, silver, flat black and custom colors
Starting Price: $740
5. Name: HRE Vintage 501
Sizes Available: 18-20"
Bolt Patterns: four- and five-lug bolt patterns
Finishes: in-house powdercoat and brushed finishes
Construction: forged 6061-T6 aluminum 3pc
Starting Price: $1700
6. Name: Neuspeed RSe12
Sizes: 18x7.5, 18x8, 18x8.5"
Bolt Patterns: 4x100, 5x100, 5x112
Finishes: silver, graphite, black
Construction: hybrid-forged hubcentric 1pc
Starting Price: $279.95
7. Name: Drag DR-37
Size: 17x7.5, 18x8, 18x8.5, 19x8, 19x8.5, 19x9.5”
Bolt Patterns: 5x120
Finishes: flat black, chrome, flat black machined face, gloss black, gunmetal machined face, silver, hyper black or silver
Construction: low-pressure die-cast
Starting Price: $135
8. Name: Tenzo RTZ.Seven
Sizes: 18x8, 19x8.5, 19x9.5, 20x8.5, 20x10”
Bolt Patterns: 5x100, 5x108, 5x110, 5x112, 5x114.3, 5x120
Finishes: matte black, machined, bronze, charcoal
Construction: 1pc cast
Starting Price: $199
9. Name: Privat Weiden
Sizes: 19x8 & 9, 20x9 & 10.5"
Bolt Patterns: 5x112, 5x114.3, 5x120
Finishes: silver with mirror-machined face
Starting Price: N/A
10. Name: Rotiform SNA
Bolt Patterns: any
Construction: forged 3pc 6061-T6 aluminum
Starting Price: $1250
11. Name: Advan RZ-DF
Sizes: 19, 20”
Bolt Patterns: 5x114.3, 5x112, 5x120, 5x130
Finishes: matte black, hyper black with machined lip, hyper silver (Porsche only), Racing Red (Porsche only)
Construction: mold forged one-piece
Starting Price: $800
12. Name: Beyern Bavaria
Bolt Patterns: 5x120
Construction: rotary forged
Finishes: hyper silver, matte black
Starting Price: $280
13. Name: ADV.1 10.1SL
Bolt Patterns: any bolt pattern
Construction: one-piece forged monoblock
Starting Price: $1800