BMW M Performance Steering Wheel Showcased in New Video


  • BMW M Performance Steering Wheel

    BMW M Performance Steering Wheel

    The BMW M Performance steering wheel features a small digital screen that displays information. | November 06, 2012

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Just the Facts:
  • The new BMW M Performance steering wheel, which comes with a small digital screen that displays information, including lateral g forces, is featured in a new YouTube video.
  • In race mode, the steering wheel lights up to mimic the "Christmas tree" lights at drag strips.
  • The steering wheel display keeps track of such things as average fuel consumption, trip time and average speed.

MUNICH, Germany — The new BMW M Performance steering wheel, which comes with a small digital screen that displays information, including lateral g forces, is featured in a new video.

In race mode, the steering wheel lights up in red and green to mimic the "Christmas tree" lights at drag strips.

The steering wheel display keeps track of such things as average fuel consumption, trip time and average speed. The display covers three main areas: EfficientDynamics, Sport and Race. The BMW video shows German racer Tim Schrick explaining many of the steering wheel's functions.

He said while the accessory has benefits on the racetrack, it also "increases efficiency in city traffic." In what is probably a built-in safety function, Schrick notes that the driver "can't read the g force display when the steering wheel is upside-down." However, the information is stored and can be accessed later.

BMW said the steering wheel offers secure grip even in extreme driving situations.

BMW has not yet announced its plans for the new BMW M Performance range of accessories in the U.S.

The new line will debut at the 2012 Essen Auto Show.

Edmunds says: Is this new accessory an aid for the driver or just another high-tech item that will contribute to distracted driving?

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