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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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Comments

Fair enough not liking it. I don't really like it either. I think they "toy" look comes from the illuminated buttons and the "different" carbon construction compared to the classic "stripey" carbon.
Here's the new Porsche GT3 R steering wheel for comparison. Apart from the type of carbon, it's pretty similar it'd say.
In the Fanatec/BMW video, the button lights are explained. The "advantage" of them is that they are very clearly visible simply by the colour of the light but you can also display wheelspin, abs triggering etc via mapping light changes to the button pattern. That's pretty cool imo.

However: I don't really like all these flashy colours in real cars either. Looks pretty toy like for me even in real race cars :p

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I agree with you, the different carbon fiber finish is one of the reasons I don't like it, it looks like plastic. I'm sure that I would not think that if I held the wheel in my hand, obviously... But the shape of the wheel is all wrong too, at least to me. I prefer the shapes of the McLaren, Ferrari or Aston Martin GT3 wheels.
 
Surely not worth $1400.....this is nuts.....how about the Bentley then $2500 ??? .....
Oddly that was what was going through my mind too. That wheel looks even more complex than this one.

is the wheel too expensive? Yep for sure. However it’s podium range and we all knew that range would be extreme on all levels, build wise as well as price wise.

some of you maybe spot on. Will be interesting to see if a mid range GT3 or gt4 wheel appears at some point.
 
I moved out of the Fanatec ecosystem a while back but do like the look of this wheel but wouldn't be buying it mysel for a variety of reasons.

All this talk about price, yes its a lot in comparison to many other wheels but have you guys not seen PSE or the Phoenix wheels? They are much more expensive.

I dont understand this moaning and berating aimed at Fanatec about the price. Do you have the same attitude towards Ferrari about how much they charge for their cars and how you cant afford one??

Personally I think this does a lot of good for the industry, it improves ties with manufacturers, pushes forward developments and ideas for products. We are riding high on a wave right now, enjoy it and appreciate where it will take us because this can only serve to improve the industry and therefore the products available to us in the future.
 
I don’t have any problem with this product, the price or anyone choosing to buy it.

It’s subjective around the value proposition and arguments can be made relative to the other options available for non fanatec wheelbase owners (ignoring custom Fanatec 3rd party wheels).

For better or worse some of us have bought into the Fanatec eco system and the majority of those people will want to buy Fanatec first party wheels.

I personally don’t want a manufacturer branded wheel but this looks like a nice piece of kit with the sort of functionality I like on these GT wheels, I am also a fan of thumbwheels that don’t appear on the majority of the Fanatec options. The only issue I have is that they don’t make an equivalent mid or mid plus range option and I cant understand why. If its a shortage of parts then selling a high end product for a premium in limited numbers probably makes sense to them but seeing as a lot of people would be quite happy with something very similar to a Clubsport formula v2 but with a bigger rim the supply chain argument doesn’t hold up that well. Probably more complicated than that but I’d just like to know they have something like that in the pipeline.
 
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I don’t have any problem with this product, the price or anyone choosing to buy it.

It’s subjective around the value proposition and arguments can be made relative to the other options available for non fanatec wheelbase owners (ignoring custom Fanatec 3rd party wheels).

For better or worse some of us have bought into the Fanatec eco system and the majority of those people will want to buy Fanatec first party wheels.

I personally don’t want a manufacturer branded wheel but this looks like a nice piece of kit with the sort of functionality I like on these GT wheels, I am also a fan of thumbwheels that don’t appear on the majority of the Fanatec options. The only issue I have is that they don’t make an equivalent mid or mid plus range option and I cant understand why. If its a shortage of parts then selling a high end product for a premium in limited numbers probably makes sense to them but seeing as a lot of people would be quite happy with something very similar to a Clubsport formula v2 but with a bigger rim the supply chain argument doesn’t hold up that well. Probably more complicated than that but I’d just like to know they have something like that in the pipeline.
I guess they might think that the universal hub and podium hub cover everything in the clubsport to podium range.
But I'm 100% with you. I won't go from the McLaren v2 to a hub wheel. I love all the functionalities way too much.
Especially the 2 thumb buttons at the top and the up/down mini switches are awesome. I can easily press them while cornering+shifting.

Using push to talk in a clubrace in the middle of 3-wide battle? No problem.
Changing brake bias or tc while approaching a braking zone side to side? No problem.

Both not really possible with the hub + rim system.

The plastic feel, rattling buttons and the slightly weird shifting feeling would push me to a clubsport grade McLaren rim though.
Put some thumb wheels in the grips like this BMW wheel has and I'd happily pay 500-600€ for it!
 
i think its cool but im not really sure who asked for this. is there a need for a sim wheel thats compatible with a real racecar and its electronics? im not against a premium wheel with the fancy backlit buttons and all that, but cube has shown that can be had for much less than 1400. you can even get one with a giant screen for STILL less than the price of this fanatec rim.
 
i think its cool but im not really sure who asked for this. is there a need for a sim wheel thats compatible with a real racecar and its electronics? im not against a premium wheel with the fancy backlit buttons and all that, but cube has shown that can be had for much less than 1400. you can even get one with a giant screen for STILL less than the price of this fanatec rim.
It's not about "owning a racecar compatible wheel".
It's about "I have the exact same wheel on my rig that THAT real gt3 car has inside its cockpit that you're seeing on TV".
It's appealing to people to be able to use the exact same stuff that a real pro is using.

The important thing is that you can't just go to the manufacturers and buy a real gt3 wheel. Or maybe you could write to them and ask to buy a replacement wheel, no idea if they reply to you if you don't own a racing team.
But it'll probably be a lot more expensive and then you have a CAN bus racecar wheel with no software support.

With fanatec, you can order a real gt3 car steering wheel with some clicks online for not that much money in relation.

Can you buy sim-wheels that are as good? Yes. Are they more expensive: not necessarily.
Will it be the same wheel as the Pro's are using on your TV? Nope!
 
When you have DD2 for the price of wheel first mind would be i should try Simucube 2 pro ;) ok if like DD2 and have money this wheel maybe worth money :)
 
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.
Yes that's true. I guess it is the curse of being market leaders with massive exposure. They get fame, glory and hate, as always on internet nowadays.
Fanatec is drawing a path for all Simracing hardware market and is teaching many lessons.
 
It is amazing the kind of dollar geeks would invest in a toy but they can't afford a pair of racing tires in the real world.
 

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