BMW M3 Wheels

BMW M3 Standard Wheel Dimensions
Manufacturer:BMW
Model:M3
Production:1994 - 1999
Standard Offset:+38
Standard PCD:5x120
Centre Bore:72.56
Standard Wheel Sizes:EVO - 7.5x17-inch (front) and 8.5x17-inch (rear)
Standard Tyre Sizes:PRE:235/40ZR17 POST:225/45ZR17(f)245/40ZR17(r)
Lug Type:bolt 12mm x 1.5b

Any E36 M3 wheel will fit any E36 evo or E46.  All PCD and centre bores are the same across all M3 wheels (from E36 onwards).

The first E36 M3 was fitted with equal width wheels front and rear, but from the E36 evo onwards the M3's wheels have been staggered with wider wheels at the back for better traction and narrower wheels at the front for less understeer.

Model variations for BMW M3 wheel dimensions
ModelOffsetStuds/PCDCentre BoreLug TypeNotes
M3 E36 3.0 (1993-1995)ET35-ET455x12072.56mmbolt 12mm x 1.5b 60 degree tapered head

The first E36 M3 was fitted with equal width wheels and tyres front and rear (235/40ZR17 on 7.5" wide wheels).

M3 E36 3.2 Evolution (1996-1998)ET385x12072.56mmbolt 12mm x 1.5b 60 degree tapered head

The E36 Evolution M3 was fitted with staggered wheels - wider wheels at the back for extra grip (245mm), and narrower tyres at the front for less understeer (225mm).  All in all this improved the handling of the car making it more predictable and less prone to understeer.

M3 E46 (2001-2006)front: ET40-50mm, rear: ET20mm-255x12072.56mmbolt 12mm x 1.5b 60 degree tapered head

Tyre sizes on an E46 M3 with standard arches can go up to 245/40/18 front and 275/35/18 rear for 18" wheels and 245/35/19 front and 275/30/19 rear for 19" wheels without rubbing.

M3 E90/92/93front: ET34-39mm, rear: ET23mm-295x12072.56mmbolt 12mm x 1.5b 60 degree tapered head

 

Standard Wheels originally fitted to an M3
WheelNotesWheel SizeOffsetStuds x PCDCentre BoreWheel WeightStandard Tyre Size
M3 E36 3.0 original OEM wheels:
Contour
Notes: Standard wheels on the Saloon Size: 17"x7.5" Offset: ET38 PCD: 5x120 Centre Bore: 72.56mm Weight: Tyre size: 235/40ZR17
M Double Spoke
Notes: Standard on the Coupe Size: 17"x7.5" Offset: ET38 PCD: 5x120 Centre Bore: 72.56mm Weight: Tyre size: 235/40ZR17
Forged M Double Spoke
Notes: Optional lighter polished wheels Size: front: 17"x7.5", rear: 17"x8.5" Offset: front: ET38, rear: ET25 PCD: 5x120 Centre Bore: 72.56mm Weight: Tyre size:
M3 E36 3.2 Evolution original OEM wheels:
Forged M Double Spoke II
BMW M3 17" Forged M Double Spoke II Wheels
Notes: Fitted as standard to the M3 Evo Convertible and an option on the Coupe Size: front: 17"x7.5", rear: 17"x8.5" Offset: PCD: 5x120 Centre Bore: 72.56mm Weight: front: 9.1kg, rear: 10kg Tyre size: front: 225, rear: 245
M Contour II
Notes: Fitted as standard to the M3 Evo Saloon Size: front: 17"x7.5", rear: 17"x8.5" Offset: PCD: 5x120 Centre Bore: 72.56mm Weight: front: 10.1kg, rear: 11kg Tyre size: front: 225, rear: 245
M Double Spoke II
Notes: Fitted as standard to the M3 Evo Coupe Size: front: 17"x7.5", rear: 17"x8.5" Offset: PCD: 5x120 Centre Bore: 72.56mm Weight: front: 10.1kg, rear: 11kg Tyre size: front: 225, rear: 245
M3 E46 original OEM wheels:
18-inch M Double Spoke II
Notes: Size: front: 18"x8", rear: 18"x9" Offset: front: ET47, rear: ET26 PCD: 5x120 Centre Bore: 72.56mm Weight: front: 10.9kg, rear: 11.8kg Tyre size: front: 225/45ZR18, rear: 255/40ZR18
19 inch cross spoke
Notes: from the competition pack Size: front: 19"x8", rear: 19"x9.5" Offset: front: ET41, rear: ET27 PCD: 5x120 Centre Bore: 72.56mm Weight: Tyre size: front: 225/40/19, rear: 255/35/19
Forged 19-inch M Double Spoke II
Notes: Size: front: 19"x8", rear: 19"x9.5" Offset: front: ET41, rear: ET27 PCD: 5x120 Centre Bore: 72.56mm Weight: front: 10.5kg, rear: 11.5kg Tyre size: front: 225/40/19, rear: 255/35/19
19 inch cross spoke forged
Notes: fitted to the E46 M3 CSL Size: front: 19"x8.5", rear: 19"x9.5" Offset: front: ET41, rear: ET27 PCD: 5x120 Centre Bore: 72.56mm Weight: Tyre size: front: 235/35ZR19, rear: 265/30ZR19

Find out how lightweight wheels for a BMW M3 can improve the characteristics of the car by reading our wheel weight guide.