Fanatec announce price for BMW M4 GT3 Steering Wheel

Ross McGregor

Fanatec has announced the pricing of its new dual-purpose steering wheel – developed for sim racing and the BMW M4 GT3 race car – that will be available for pre-order on 20th December.

Developed by Fanatec in conjunction with BMW Motorsport, the wheel rim has been homologated for GT3 racing, so can in theory be used on a sim rig, detached, and re-attached into the cockpit of the new M4 GT3 before heading out on track in next season’s GT World Challenge.

Although simracers have never had access to a wheelrim developed form the ground-up for real and virtual racing before, this extra immersion comes at a cost – €/$ 1399.95. However, we reported on a BMW blog earlier this year, only suggesting the cost would be under €5000, so for the final price to be €3600 under is quite a surprise – especially considering the extra safety precautions and complicated electronics required for a real racing machine.

Featuring two clutch paddles, push/pull magnetic shifters and back-lit buttons – very helpful for night racing – the M4 GT3 rim is expected to be available sometime in 2022. And with the release of the BMW M4 GT3 in Assetto Corsa Competizione this week – the official game of the GT World Challenge – sim racers will be able to try out the virtual car and see if the Fanatec BMW M4 GT3 Steering Wheel would look good on their rig.

With a similar Bentley GT3 wheel rim on the way, and the CSL Steering Wheel BMW already available for pre-order, one wonders what else Fanatec has in store for simracing and motorsport fans alike.

Here’s a list of features to be found on the new BMW M4 GT3 Steering Wheel:

  • Multi-layer (8 layers) full carbon fibre body
  • RGB LED-backlit front buttons (colour-adjustable and dimmable, interchangeable caps)
  • Customisable via FanaLab
  • Two custom-designed, 12-step thumb encoders with Hall sensors
  • Dual-action (push/pull) magnetic shifter paddles
  • Fanatec QR2: all-new quick release allows operation in the 2022 BMW M4 GT3 race car
  • Communicates with 2022 BMW M4 GT3 via CAN bus
  • 310 mm diameter
  • 1400 g (approx)
  • Designed and developed in Bavaria by Fanatec and BMW Motorsport
  • Rubber hand grips molded over carbon fibre structure
  • 14 push buttons (12 front-facing, 2 rear-facing) with 700 g activation force
  • 1” OLED display
  • Three backlit 12-position rotary switches with encoder functionality
  • 4-way D-pad under the BMW logo
  • Two dual-Hall sensor clutch paddles
  • New-generation firmware, upgradeable via integrated USB-C port
  • Compatible with Windows PC
  • Compatible with all PS4 and PS5 systems when connected to a PlayStation-licensed wheel base

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