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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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Steve Worrell
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I really appreciate the marketing skill and the simracing/racing passion behind this wheel.
I' m not going to buy this product simply because the Fanatec Porsche GT3 replica rim I own does the job flawlessly.
But now I am a confirmed Fanatec-gear-only customer, now and for the future.
Thank you Thomas & Co. These are definitely not toys for sure !!
 
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Would've been better off buying an actual M4 GT3 at this point, eh? You get the wheel with it too
 
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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.
Hi Steve,
If this was from "some bloke in a shed", it would have possibly been £4000, since only a company with Fanatec's numbers can keep the cost so low. Yes, this is a very low cost piece of art.
 
Hi Steve,
If this was from "some bloke in a shed", it would have possibly been £4000, since only a company with Fanatec's numbers can keep the cost so low. Yes, this is a very low cost piece of art.
Don’t get me wrong. I have a huge amount of respect for the “bloke in a shed” operations. My point was that Fanatec aren’t afforded the same reactions when they put out top end kit for some reason.
 
Why in the **** would a sim racer be the slightest bit interested in a wheel that is compatible in a real 2022 GT3 BMW this is the maddest thing I think I've ever heard, unless you are a millionaire, totally ridiculous
Yes by all means build a wheel that is a replica of a real world wheel but compatible :confused:
 
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Why in the **** would a sim racer be the slightest bit interested in a wheel that is compatible in a real 2022 GT3 BMW this is the maddest thing I think I've ever heard, unless you are a millionaire, totally ridiculous
Just in case Santa is extra generous and jams a BMW down the chimney?!? Love Fanatec gear but seems like a replica at half the price would make more sense.
 
Why in the **** would a sim racer be the slightest bit interested in a wheel that is compatible in a real 2022 GT3 BMW this is the maddest thing I think I've ever heard, unless you are a millionaire, totally ridiculous
Yes by all means build a wheel that is a replica of a real world wheel but compatible :confused:
This is definitely not a product anyone needs or buys with their head. It’s something some people will want and buy with their hearts.
 
This wheel is cheap for a real racer and too expensive for the average simracer. I don’t understand why Fanatec doesn’t make two versions of it. The real deal for the real racer and a cheaper version made from cheaper materials for the simracer.
 
This wheel is cheap for a real racer and too expensive for the average simracer. I don’t understand why Fanatec doesn’t make two versions of it. The real deal for the real racer and a cheaper version made from cheaper materials for the simracer.
This wheel has an awesome price for a real Racecar Steering wheel. Look at Cube Controls, GSI, Simcore, Precision Sim Engineering, Turn Racing or other manufacturers in the Simworld with similiar price tags;) Good quality has a serious price but in this case its an astonishing low price for a real world Steering wheel. A real wheel or racecarwheel costs normally a few thousands. I understand your point of view because your idea would make sense but I think they nailed it on a fair price for what they offer you.
 
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So this wheel fits into a real M4 GT3 car? Would be really surprised if so. If yes, price seems fine, if not, its well over priced.
 
The guys are selling you a steering wheel from a real life GT3 race car. Did you guys expect it to be a bargain?
Don't like the price or can't afford it? Don't buy it.
Here I am unable to afford anything beyond my 7 year old second hand G27, and even I think the idea is quite cool.
It's not that we don't think it's worth it, it's that we don't need it. We don't need it to be straight out of a real life GT4. There are millions of Fanatec customers that can't afford this.
I'm my opinion and it is only my opinion, and I get other people's views, they should have either produced:
1. A set 9f podium pedals as this is a clear gap in their product line
Or
2. A podium spec non branded GT3 rim of similar style to the McLaren.

Both of those would have made them more money and converted more SIM racers to Fanatec. And more importantly made the current Fanatec userbase happy.

This rim although magnificent in every way doesn't make sense from an economic standpoint.
 
Don’t get me wrong. I have a huge amount of respect for the “bloke in a shed” operations. My point was that Fanatec aren’t afforded the same reactions when they put out top end kit for some reason.
I agree. Their kit is excellent and I have always felt I've got my money's worth. Just wish this particular rim had of been done differently.
 

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