These are the Coolest Wheels You Can Buy on New Cars Today

Call this a bit of a no-brainer statement, but wheels (or “rims,” if you prefer) are one of a car’s most important parts. A car can still drive if you strip away most of the tinsel and extraneous stuff that make the passenger’s lives better, but without wheels and tires, you’re going nowhere, no how.

Beyond the physical necessities of the wheel, a shiny—or not so shiny—set of rims can help set you apart or make you blend in, rounding out a design and giving owners a chance to distinguish themselves from the rest of their car’s family. We love a good wheel design so much, we went out and picked a few of our favorite designs on sale now—or soon to be—on new cars, and rounded them up here, in no particular order.

Again, this list is in no particular order, but we bet you didn’t expect a Genesis to be one of the entries. Yes, the redesigned Genesis G80 and all-new GV80 SUV ride on some of the most interesting wheels we’ve seen in a while. Upon first glance, there doesn’t appear to be much to talk about, but make sure you take a peek at the webbing between the spokes, right next to the hub. “Webbing” is an apt choice of words here, as Genesis added a funky web-like design to that small inner-wheel space. It’s certainly not the most aggressive, but it’s on our list for defying expectations.

It’s virtually cheating to have any supercar wheel on this list, but Ferrari’s first carbon-fiber wheel was a must-have. You’d think Ferrari, of all automakers, would be the first to bring a carbon-fiber rim to (semi) mass-production, but that distinction belongs to …

Alright, well it’s not to the new GT500 specifically, but Ford and the mad scientists at Carbon Revolution were the first to bring the carbon-fiber wheel to the masses with the GT350R for 2016. Still, the GT500’s carbon shoes are just as hot as the car they carry. Honorable mention to Koenigsegg for developing the first single-piece carbon-fiber wheel, and to Porsche for being the first automaker to spin a single-piece carbon-fiber wheel in-house for its hyper-rare Turbo S Exclusive Series.

Speaking of the Porsche 911 Turbo S, we’re super fans of the new 992 Turbo’s optional Exclusive Design wheels. They’re airy and spindly, with just the right amount of negative space between the hub and the spokes. Better still, they’re available as a costly option direct from Porsche, so you can push your base Carrera upmarket if you desire.

One of the new Ford Bronco’s biggest selling points is the near-limitless level of personalization and catalog of accessories available. There are all sorts of rim and tire combos, but we give major props to Ford for making the base-level wheels a set of very handsome mil-spec-style steelies. Of course, the new Land Rover Defender has a set of steelies as well, but the Ford wins points for its baseline utilitarianism.

On the subject of off-roading, the Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison’s AEV-sourced wheels are our kind of rugged. The Bison package is all about armament, and aside from adding copious shielding on the bottom of the truck and bolting on a crazy set of bumpers, those gunmetal wheels appear happy to shrug off boulders and small trees.

For the first time in, well, ever, the mighty Audi RS6 Avant is offered on U.S. shores for the forseeable future. While we’re very jazzed about the RS6’s 591-hp, 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8, and for its big honkin’ liftgate out back, the RS6’s wild wheels are some of our favorites. The hyper-aggressive blade design appears to be a sharper variation of the RS5’s flag-style wheels. Either way, keep making them like this, Audi.

Alright, technically this car isn’t for sale anymore, since the original 106-unit run sold out before it was even announced. But as deliveries are happening at this moment, we’ll include it as a technicality. It’s not specifically the Speedtail’s wheels that have us all in a tizzy, but rather the wild, fixed carbon-fiber aero blades on the front wheels that peg the Cool Meter.

Nothing revolutionary or genre-defining here, but the M8 Comp’s geometric and very spidery wheel spokes look like a vision you’d see in a kaleidoscope. This doesn’t come as a surprise, considering BMW has proven itself to be a master of materials.

A fitting way to close out a list on the eternally dramatic Aventador. The big Lambo’s Dianthus rim option is one of the most intricate and visually satisfying wheel designs we’ve ever seen, going above and beyond the standard diamond-cut wheel pattern.

Coolest Car Wheels on Sale Now

  • 2020 McLaren Speedtail
  • 2021 Audi RS6 Avant
  • 2020 BMW M8 Competition
  • 2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison
  • 2021 Ferrari F8 Tributo
  • 2021 Ford Bronco
  • 2021 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
  • 2021 Genesis GV80/G80
  • 2020 Lamborghini Aventador S
  • 2021 Porsche 911 Turbo S

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