Fanatec CSL Steering Wheel BMW

fanatec csl steering wheel BMW Review
Fanatec CSL Steering Wheel BMW Review

Fanatec CSL Steering Wheel BMW Review

CSL Steering Wheel BMW

This Bmw themed steering wheel comes to field an in-demand, and increasing audience for the CSL line products, Sure the CSL is not new for Fanatec, but what they did right to spike this recent popularity was the addition of Direct Drive technology into the line with the release of the DD CSL Base, that comes to bring Direct Drive technologies into the masses.

For all the fans of the Bavarian powerhouse (Bayerische Motoren Werke), this wheel is for sure a nice addition. Designed as a multi-purpose steering wheel is on sale now with a price of €/$139.95, not that bad for a Fanatec product!
The rim is full of nice features like the durable materials, the tuning functions, and buttons combinations that allow you to adjust your telemetry really easy and in the way you like. the steering wheel is easy to pull out with the new Fanatec Clubsport QR1 quick-release (included)

In terms of design, the Bmw CSL Steering wheel is very similar to an historical and very solid piece of hardware by Fanatec, the P1 wheel. We personally have used a previous version of that for many years, initially as the main wheel and now as a backup for certain type of cars.

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The Buyer’s Guide and Review

Last modified: June 29th 2023.

Product Overview

Product Type Steering Wheel
Model BMW
Serie CSL ” ClubSport Light “
Pedals Not Included
Editorial Rating 8
Ready For PC / PS Ready
Product Page CSL Steering Wheel BMW


Brief Design Overview

  • Steering Wheel is Officially licensed by BMW.
  • Eye-Catching with unique BMW-designed graphic stretches across the front face and rim.
  • Polymer casing for a strong and durable rim
  • Configurable inputs and tuning options are available on the rim
  • Take full control of any racing style with 12 buttons, paddle shifters, and a 5-way directional stick
  • Easily use the tuning button and directional stick to quickly adjust your wheelbase force feedback
  • integrated three-digit LED Telemetry display
  • Paddle shifter made of tactile metal with a decent positive “click” feeling
  • QR1 Lite Wheel-Side (Simplified Quick Release Adapter) clamps easily to the steering shaft by hand
  • Lightweight for fast acceleration and fidelity, only 1224 g
  • Realistic size, suitable for many driving styles (300 mm)


PS5: Yes PS4: Yes PS3: No. Please note that this is sold only as PS-ready so full compatibility is guaranteed only for PC

PC: Yes 

Xbox: No  Xbox Series X: No

Note: This steering wheel is not compatible with Xbox systems, the full compatibility only can be guaranteed on the PC.

Wheel Base Compatibilities

  1. CSL DD – Review
  2. CSL Elite Wheel Base
  3. CSL Elite Wheel Base V1.1
  4. CSL Elite Wheel Base + – officially licensed for PS4™
  5. CSL Elite Racing Wheel – officially licensed for PS4™
  6. ClubSport Wheel Base V2
  7. ClubSport Wheel Base V2.5
  8. PODIUM Wheel Base DD1 (Low Torque Mode only*)
  9. PODIUM Wheel Base DD2 (Low Torque Mode only*)
  10. PODIUM Racing Wheel F1® PS4™ (Low Torque Mode only*




  • Rubberised wheel rim for grip and durability
  • Not compatible with Xbox Systems
  • Integrated RevStripe™ for telemetry data display
  • Basically a clone of the (same priced) P1 wheel
  • Decent Metal shifter paddles
  • Good price for the product you get
  • Planty of  buttons for personal setup adjustments

What is included?

  • CSL Steering Wheel BMW
  • QR1 Lite Wheel-Side (preinstalled)
  • Quick Guide


Final Analysis

An Entry-level steering wheel, with an entry-level price as well, the wheel is officially licensed by BMW, This rim comes from factory with nice and durable materials, plenty of buttons, and a nice telemetry led display.
All together become this product a versatile rim for any kind of racing styles, we really like the simplicity but very efficient buttons that are included, you can take the control of any vehicle type with the 12 buttons, metal paddle shifters, and a 5-way directional stick with them.
This rim is a perfect add-on in your DD CSL system, the price is good for a Fanatec product, and the addition on the BMW is a nice touch for this rim as well if you are a fan of the German brand.

Fanatec CSL BMW

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This steering wheel is compatible with the Fanatec Steering Wheel with the QR1 Wheel-Side (formerly named ClubSport Quick Release Adapter).

Buy From Fanatec



The CSL BMW steering wheel, as an entry level product, is also sold as part as the most convenient packages deals by fanatec (Bundles). 
Bundles generally offer great discounts compared to buying each product separately. A great bundle that was recently launched is the Fanatec Ready to Race bundle, that includes a wheel base (the CSL DD with 5Nm or 8Nm), a basic set of pedals and a steering wheel.

A specific bundle is built around the Bmw theme, called Bmw ready to race bundle. What is really uncommon is that Fanatec recently discounted it by 100$ or €. 
If you are not an expert of Fanatec policies, we can tell you that is really special to have a discount from Fanatec, a company that has built the fame of not giving coupon codes or discounts except for their famous Fanatec Black Friday Deals



Check the BMW Ready to Race bundle 5Nm on Fanatec


Check the BMW Ready to Race bundle 8Nm on Fanatec


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Is it worth the money?

If you are new to Direct Drive technology this steering wheel is a good product that doesn’t compromise on performance or design. Is a perfect addition for your CSL DD base system, It is an ideal starter multi-purpose steering wheel with a fair price attached to it. 

Is the CSL BMW wheel is compatible with Xbox One?

No, full compatibility is only warranted for PC. This wheel is PlayStation ready though, which means you should potentially be able to use it with PS4

Fanatec CSL Steering Wheel BMW






Force Feedback







  • Officially licensed by BMW
  • Unique BMW-designed graphic across front face and rim
  • Integrated RevStripe™
  • Tool-free ‘QR1 Lite Wheel-Side’ quick release
  • Lightweight for fast acceleration and fidelity, only 1224 g


  • Not compatible with Xbox Systems
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