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Fanatec BMW M4 GT3 Wheel surprising price finally announced.

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It's been over a year since the BMW M4 GT3 wheel was announced by Fanatec and many have been speculating at what the price would be. Fanatec published the price for the wheel on their twitter earlier today and it was certainly surprising to most of us.

Coming in at €1399.95 it's a lot lower than what most people were expecting. I recall people saying "it won't be less than four grand" so to see it come in under two grand was quite the shock. Yes it's still a lot for a sim racing wheel but lets not forget this particular product has to do more than talk to your computer, it needs to work for 24 hour endurance races in a real GT3 car.

I have already been conversing with people on twitter today about how practical it is or if it's even worth making a product that can do both real-world and sim applications. To that I say yes it was worth it. Sometimes you just have to accept a product might not be targeted at you. My mate will buy this. He’s a millionaire. It’s affordable for him. I'm not a millionaire so I won't be buying it. It doesn't make this any less cool though.

It is also packed with features that most sim racers would find useful and I have also seen it confirmed that this wheel will be compatible with the CSL DD which is pretty cool.
  • 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
I have the utmost respect for any brand that pushes boundaries and innovates where others wouldn't dare. And that is what I think Fanatec have done with this product. We got to try it at the Sim racing expo in September and when got to have a go I was sat their thinking how incredible the sim racing industry has become when we can have kit like this. And by the way, the industry is just getting started.

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Finally, but unfortunately, I have lost patience some time ago and have moved to cube controls, but will be interested seeing reviews, is the quick release compatible with current DD1 and 2?
 
I find it a bit funny that a wheel costing €1400 could be stated as being a lot lower than expected. The majority of members of this site would have less than €1400 invested in their entire rig.

I was looking forward to this rim and think it is an amazing bit of kit. But seems to me Fanatec missed the boat with this. No need for this rim to have canbus for a sim racer, none at all.

They should have made two versions. Kept all the premium switches etc and sold the sim version at at more reasonable price that competes more with other wheels like Cube etc.

Hair brained idea this, in my opinion of course!
 
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I find it a bit funny that a wheel costing €1400 could be stated as being a lot lower than expected. The majority of members of this site would have less than €1400 invested in their entire rig.

I was looking forward to this rim and think it is an amazing bit of kit. But seems to me Fanatec missed the boat with this. No need for this rim to have canbus for a sim racer, none at all.

They should have made two versions. Kept all the premium switches etc and sold the sim version at at more reasonable price that competes more with other wheels like Cube etc.

Hair brained idea this, in my opinion of course!
I think people have missed the point of this. It was made for BMW for the M4 GT3 and Fanatec made it available for the sim racing market.

There is definitely a heavy marketing value for Fanatec here to be able to say they were the first that did this type of thing. But like I said in my article, sometimes you just have to accept that not every product is aimed at you.

This is aimed at people who can afford it. People who want the novelty of knowing this can be used in a real GT3. People who want the best Fanatec has to offer.

I guarantee if this was some bloke in a shed doing this charging 3k people would be applauding him for making such a cool product. It's only because Fanatec are a successful company people will have a dig.

Also, people seem to forget that Fanatec DO make incredible lower priced replica wheels in the McLaren GT3 wheel. They make products for the entire market.
 
I think people have missed the point of this. It was made for BMW for the M4 GT3 and Fanatec made it available for the sim racing market.

There is definitely a heavy marketing value for Fanatec here to be able to say they were the first that did this type of thing. But like I said in my article, sometimes you just have to accept that not every product is aimed at you.

This is aimed at people who can afford it. People who want the novelty of knowing this can be used in a real GT3. People who want the best Fanatec has to offer.

I guarantee if this was some bloke in a shed doing this charging 3k people would be applauding him for making such a cool product. It's only because Fanatec are a successful company people will have a dig.

Also, people seem to forget that Fanatec DO make incredible lower priced replica wheels in the McLaren GT3 wheel. They make products for the entire market.
Nothing missed here Steve. I have DD1 and 3 Fanatec rims. Very happy Fanatec customer since CSP V1 pedals. I stand by the point I made and think it's very obvious Fanatec have their tentacles everywhere in terms of marketing at this stage. So many partake in the rumour mill.
This will leave a sour taste in many Fanatec customers mouths. I'd have bought this were it reasonable, so as you say not a product developed for their core customer, but rather a wide ranging publicity stunt where the R&D cost was used as marketing investment in reality.
 
The problem Fanatec have is that they don't make this style of rim at the Clubsport/Podium pricepoint (£600ish). The Mclaren wheel is good value but I get the impression quite a few people would like a similar wheel that's just a step or so up. All the other "modular" GT wheels they do are variations on a theme using similar components. It just seems a huge miss that they don't have a GT version of the Clubsport Formula V2.x
 
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The problem Fanatec have is that they don't make this style of rim at the Clubsport/Podium pricepoint (£600ish). The Mclaren wheel is good value but I get the impression quite a few people would like a similar wheel that's just a step or so up. All the other "modular" GT wheels they do are variations on a theme using similar components. It just seems a huge miss that they don't have a GT version of the Clubsport Formula V2.x
Exactly
 
The problem Fanatec have is that they don't make this style of rim at the Clubsport/Podium pricepoint (£600ish). The Mclaren wheel is good value but I get the impression quite a few people would like a similar wheel that's just a step or so up. All the other "modular" GT wheels they do are variations on a theme using similar components. It just seems a huge miss that they don't have a GT version of the Clubsport Formula V2.x
This is the best argument I have seen on this topic so far. And I agree with it. It would be nice to have a version of this wheel at that price point. But not instead of this one.
 
Respectfully, I can't believe people are saying a FULLY Carbon Fiber 310mm wheel (Not just a carbon fiber front plate over Aluminum like every other Fanatec wheel) costing 1.5K is too expensive...when you have all the other boutique wheel builders selling (for similar or higher prices) smaller, non-carbon fiber wheels with components not built to survive the brutal impacts of a 24Hr race (this is not a knock against those builders either, I like their wheels as well).

I do think Fanatec overcharge for a couple of their items, but I can understand this wheel being in this price range. I won't be buying it obviously since I have no Fanatec wheelbase and I think the Bentley is the sexier wheel, but it is a cool wheel nonetheless and I hope those who get one enjoy it!
 
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Yes, I think it`s a fantastic product.
Yes, I have the money.
No, I won´t buy at that price.
As much as I`d like to own such a wheel, but unfortunately it won´t take me any further.
All i need is more time and energy to practice. I am a three-shift worker and hobby simracer.
 

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