BMW is bringing driving data to your fingertips with its new M Performance steering wheel, available for 1 Series, 3 Series and M cars built since 2006.
The $1700 steering wheel is completely upholstered in Alcantara with white cross-stitching, and its curvature is flattened at the lower edge. However, its most eye-catching feature is the display built into the top of the rim. Incorporating one organic and two conventional LEDs, it gives drivers access to a variety of efficiency and motorsport-related functions. These are operated via buttons conveniently located in the thumb-rest areas.
A choice of three modes is available – ECO, Sport and Race. In all three modes, the LEDs can be used to inform drivers of the optimum shift point. In ECO mode, they can also help facilitate a more economical driving style. Sport mode includes a stopwatch for lap times and acceleration measurements such as 0-60 times, a current fuel consumption display, and a g-meter showing and recording momentary acceleration.