We see quite a few factory performance parts come through our inbox, but few warrant more than a cursory glance. That said, BMW grabbed our eye with its new M Performance steering wheel. Trimmed in carbon fiber and alcantara, the tiller is slick enough, but it also features two readouts to convey all sorts of vehicle information. Two color LED strips at 11 and 1 o'clock swing from green to red with engine rpm to serve as a shift light, and they can also be reconfigured to act as a drag-strip Christmas tree for timing your quarter-mile mile runs.

A small LCD display sits at 12 o'clock, and can be set up to convey everything from vehicle speed and g-load to oil and coolant temperature. We're a little less smitten with the notion of shoving yet another display in our faces, but the gadgetry is slick. Of course, the wheel isn't free. BMW offers the wheels on 1 Series, 3 Series and M cars built since 2006, and the upgrade will set you back $1,700. That's a lot of coin for something that won't make you any quicker around your favorite track. Check it out in action in the video below. You can also head over to the BMW site for more information.


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      JF
      • 2 Years Ago
      Give me all the money you would normally spend on those useless M accessories and I could buy a clean pre-owned 2001 E39 M5. That's a real M car.
      Shiftright
      • 2 Years Ago
      Did they run out space on the dash? Germans being needlessly complicated again
        VTECyo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Shiftright
        I couldn't have said it better myself.
      ZenDriver
      • 2 Years Ago
      Do BMW drivers really need MORE distractions beyond the 1,754 user option settings already available on their M cars? Especially one that requires an even greater focal distance adjustment from the road than the instrument panel or console display? Hmmm...
        Carbon Fibre
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ZenDriver
        Well they drive better than Americans do since their drivers tests seem to be... proper and reasonable to weed out non capable drivers.
      sodamninsane
      • 2 Years Ago
      Funny how half the time you want to look @ the shift lights they are covered up by your hands, or in your crotch. That video shouldn't be published, it just shows you how useless the thing is.
      Lucky Vanos
      • 2 Years Ago
      Like all things BMW today it will last 2 months tops then half the features will stop working & the monkeys on crack at the stealership will have no idea on how to fix it.
      Myself
      • 2 Years Ago
      I once got a baseball hat with an FM radio built in for birthday. It was the coolest thing. It was also 1990 and I was 14 :-) Which brings me to this steering wheel...
      Dreez28
      • 2 Years Ago
      BMW owners go to drag strips? I thought they were only interested in going around corners?
      Scooter
      • 2 Years Ago
      Reminds me of a cheesy prop from a bad sci fi movie.
      RWD
      • 2 Years Ago
      Extremely silly, why not develop that HUD system to do all of this?
      Ak74
      • 2 Years Ago
      they had this steering since 2004. nothing new here
      johnnythemoney
      • 2 Years Ago
      So just in case you didn't have enough distractions already, here comes a new one which also requires you to shift your eye focus from 50 meters in front of you to about 50 cm... excellent, Darwinism found its German roots.
      jjamess101
      • 2 Years Ago
      Is this news or something? I saw this article on Yahoo earlier this week and was surprised, but Yahoo is pretty general interest, so I expect stuff like this. This is already the second version of this wheel. It's been on sale for the better part of the year already, and it's predecessor was sold for 3-4 years already.
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