McLaren GT3 V2

McLaren GT3 V2 Steering Wheel Review – Premium & Affordable!

If you’re already in the Fanatec Ecosystem, then you’ll definitely want to take a look at the McLaren GT3 V2 Steering Wheel. From the onset, this is an officially licensed GT wheel that mimics the dimensions of the real McLaren GT3 spec car counterpart. Fanatec offers products that are superior in design, quality and compatibility. The McLaren GT3 V2 Steering Wheel is an accurate depiction of Fanatec products, as it’s superior in design, quality and feel.

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This wheel rim is the successor to the original McLaren GT3 wheel by Fanatec, that looks almost identical to its popular predecessor. There are many improvements that have been made to the latest edition including improved shifters, improved quick release system and updated OLED display. I personally own a few Fanatec wheel rims that compliment my CSL DD which costs a lot more than the McLaren GT3 V2. However, there are so many aspects of the wheel rim that I love, which makes me use this as my main driver. In this Fanatec McLaren GT3 V2 Steering Wheel review, we’ll be taking a look at the features that make this wheel an absolute gem.

Pricing

Typically, Fanatec is renowned for offering products that steer towards the higher of the spectrum in terms of pricing. However, in the case of the McLaren GT3 V2 wheel rim, it’s very fairly priced for consumers who are in the Fanatec ecosystem. Comparing this wheel to other Fanatec counterparts such as the Fanatec ClubSport Formula V2.5X ($369.95), ClubSport Steering Wheel R300 V2 ($399.95), Podium Steering Wheel BMW M4 GT3 ($1,399.95), this wheel is available for a very reasonable $199.95! To be very honest, Fanatec hasn’t really compromised much to give us such an affordable pricing. I’m so fond of this wheel rim that even if Fanatec had offered this wheel for a higher price maybe closer to the $300 price range, I would still consider it as an excellent purchase.

McLaren GT3 V2

McLaren GT3 V2 Wheel Rim

The McLaren GT3 V2 Wheel Rim is renown for it’s reliable construction and incredible feel in hands. It’s an absolute no brainer for any owner of a Fanatec Wheel Base.

If you are looking for a wheel base, I’d highly recommend you check out the Fanatec CSL DD.

Build and Features

Now that we’ve discussed the pricing, lets delve into the build quality and features. Similar to its predecessor, the McLaren GT3 V2 is an officially product that is licensed by McLaren Automotive Limited and emulates the design of the real life 650 GT3 race car. Everything from the dimensions, ergonomics and positioning of the encoders and dials, mimic the real life counterpart. Hence, when you’re gripping onto the wheel, it’ll truly feel like you’re driving a McLaren GT3 race car.

Eloquent Design

Where Fanatec was able to dial the price down a bit was in the build quality of the McLaren GT3 V2. Unlike majority of other Fanatec wheel rims, this wheel doesn’t feature much of the premium alcantara grips, metal or carbon fiber texture on the wheel rim. Instead, the wheel rim is fully encased in plastic and grippy rubber handles. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as the construction and aesthetics of the wheel still feel very premium. I haven’t experienced any flex when using the wheel rim and the rubber grips actually feel great. Personally, I feel like Fanatec should offer more replica wheels like the McLaren GT3 V2 that have similar build quality and at the same price point. Hopefully Fanatec will release a Ferrari 488 GT3 steering wheel in the not too distant future.

Improved Shifter

The McLaren GT3 V2 features very noticeable improved paddle shifters over its predecessor. Constructed of a single piece of anodized aluminum, the magnetic shifter offers superior tactile response that have a fantastic sensation on each click. You will definitely feel a noticeable difference if you are upgrading from the first iteration. Furthermore, there are two included analogue paddles which has four switchable modes – Clutch bit-point mode, Clutch/handbrake, brake/throttle and mappable axis mode. This is personally one of my favorite additions to the steering wheel as the clutch bit-point mode allows you to determine the optimal bite-point when launching your car at the start of the race.

McLaren GT3 V2

Customizable Buttons and Toggles

Further to the impeccable design of the McLaren GT3 V2, there is also endless in game toggle customization. The high quality switches, toggles and dials can be programmed in game to do a wide array of actions. There are a total of two 12-position switches configured as endless rotary encoders, two 2-way toggle switches and 7-way FunkySwitch and two high-bezel snap-dome buttons with laser-engraved P and N lettering which has equal resistance to the real life counterpart. Personally, the FunkySwitch is the stealer of the spotlight as it works great navigating in the in-game menu and also for looking at multi-directions while driving. It’s a huge setup up if you are coming from a Logitech G29, where a D-PAD is used instead.

Revolutionary OLED Display

Similar to its predecessor, the McLaren GT3 V2 wheel features a 1″, 128 x 4 resolution OLED display. Contrary to its previous counterpart, the McLaren GT3 V2 features a white display instead of a blue screen. Similar to other Fanatec wheel rims that have an OLED display, this screen allows you to do various functions including changing wheel presets on the fly or displaying other useful information such as gear or speed. This is a fantastic screen and isn’t offered in many rival products especially at this price point.

McLaren GT3 V2

Compatibility

The McLaren GT3 V2 offers great compatibility with the Fanatec ecosystem as it is supported across multiple wheelbases and platforms alike. The compatibility includes the following.

  1. PODIUM Wheel Base DD1 (QR1 Wheel-Side required*)
  2. PODIUM Wheel Base DD2 (QR1 Wheel-Side required*)
  3. PODIUM Wheel Base DD1 PS4™ (QR1 Wheel-Side required*)
  4. ClubSport Wheel Base V2
  5. ClubSport Wheel Base V2.5
  6. CSL Elite Wheel Base
  7. CSL Elite Wheel Base V1.1
  8. CSL Elite Wheel Base + – officially licensed for PS4™
  9. CSL DD Wheel Base
  10. Gran Turismo DD Pro Wheel Base

In terms of platform support, the McLaren GT3 V2 is supported on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S when connected to one of the above wheelbases. For PC and PlayStation, this will be dependent on the wheelbase.

Verdict

With the significant improvements made over its original counterpart and the wide array of features offered, this wheel is sure to steal the spotlight over many rivaled wheel rims. Above the excellent features and design, is an appealing price. If you are in the Fanatec ecosystem, then you have to surely consider this wheel rim. We hope to see Fanatec release more officially licensed wheel rims. because this definitely set a high benchmark!

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