The 17 Coolest Factory Steering Wheels Ever Put Into Cars

The steering wheel is the most important part of any car interior. Here are some of your favorites.

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Ferrari

Until autonomous cars hit the market, the steering wheel will remain the focal point of any car interior. These are some of the best steering wheels ever made.

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Catherham
Caterham Seven SuperSprint

The Seven SuperSprint was a limited-edition vintage-inspired Caterham that sold out in just seven hours. It's not often you come across a new car with a stylish thin wooden steering wheel, so we can see why the car was in such high demand.

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Máté Petrány
De Tomaso P72

It might have a boring name, but the P72 is one of the most interesting new cars out right now. Sporting a V-12, some stunning looks, and a manual transmission, it's an enthusiast's dream. The beautifully designed steering wheel is just a bonus.

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McLaren
McLaren F1 GTR

The F1 GTR's wheel is a three-spoke wrapped in alcantara with carbon-fiber GTR logo in the middle. Aside from a few buttons, it's decidedly simple. That's why it's so great.

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Mercedes-Benz
Mercedes-AMG One

The AMG One's steering wheel is styled after the one used in the company's Formula 1 car, with an airbag stuffed in the middle. The design makes sense considering the car is powered by an F1 engine.

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Dean Smith
Lotus Evija

Like the AMG One, the Lotus Evija—the company's new all-electric supercar—uses a rectangular F1-inspired steering wheel. It looks extremely cool, and fits perfectly with the rest of the interior design.

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"Sam Smith"
BMW M3 (E30)

Later versions of the E30-generation M3 got an airbag-equipped steering wheel in America. In Europe, the cars got this sweet three-spoke wheel that fits perfectly with the rest of the cabin.

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Mazda
Eunos Cosmo

The Eunos Cosmo's triple-rotor engine isn't the only thing the car has going for it. This sweet wheel is held up by two bottom spokes, and has a unique arrangements of buttons on either side of the rotor-shaped badge.

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McLaren
McLaren 570S

The steering wheel in the McLaren 570S looks great, and its lack of buttons make it easy to focus on driving rather than fiddling with infotainment controls.

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Spyker C8

The four-spoke steering wheel in the original Spyker C8 is supposed to represent a vintage airplane propellor. It sure looks cool, but we can't imagine the driver would fair well in a crash. But as Jeremy Clarkson puts it, "what a way to go!"

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Ferrari
Ferrari F40

The F40's interior screams simplicity, and that carries over to the steering wheel. It's a Momo-designed unit without any frills or buttons to distract you from the driving experience.

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BMW
BMW Z8

The Z8's three-pronged steering wheel features four spokes per prong, and suits the car's streamlined, vintage-inspired design perfectly.

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Subaru
Subaru XT

The XT wasn't just strange-looking on the outside—the interior had its fair share of quirks as well. The steering wheel is the most obvious, with an asymmetrical pistol shape and a square center.

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Pagani
Pagani Zonda R

All Pagani steering wheels are beautiful, but the Zonda R's unit is by far the most interesting. It has the tachometer in the center of the wheel rather than in the digital gauge cluster. How cool is that?

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RM Sotheby's
Aston Martin Lagonda

In addition to the wacky dashboard, early Lagondas got this sweet single-spoke wheel meant to let you view the gauge cluster unobstructed.

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BMW
BMW M Wheel

For the past few years, BMW has used the same M-designed wheel in all of its performance cars. It's the perfect combination of style, comfort, and modern functionality.

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Ford Mustang (1st-Gen)

When you think of classic car interiors, something like this usually comes to mind. The first-gen Mustang's steering wheel represents most American wheels of the era, with three delicate spokes and a big, thin rim.

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Ferrari
Ferrari Wheel

Ever since the debut of the Enzo, Ferrari has used a wheel layout that incorporates the column stalk features into buttons on the wheel, including headlights, wipers, and even turn signals. You can also option multi-color shift lights on the top of the wheel rim, which is cool if you want to pretend you're a race car driver.

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