Thrustmaster has officially taken the covers off its latest steering wheel add-on. It’s a big one, and should be a hit with the rally fans in the sim racing community.
The new Thrustmaster Sparco R383 wheel is the latest offering in the on-going partnership between the two brands. Measuring 13″ across, it’s a 1:1 replica of the real deal. To accommodate sim racers, there are nine action buttons scattered around the rim’s interior, all on a tidy carbon-style addition. There’s also the obligatory directional pad.
One nice touch Thrustmaster has included is adjustable paddle shifters. Rally driving tends to be all about quick reflexes, so being able to fine-tune the reach of the 5″ paddles should minimize the chances for missed shifts.
As you’d expect, the R383 sits within the extensive Thrustmaster ecosystem. It’s compatible with the following existing products:
- T300RS Servo Base
- T500 RS
- T300 Ferrari GTE
- T300 Ferrari Integral Racing Wheel Alcantara Edition
- T300 RS GT Edition
- TX Servo Base
- TX Racing Wheel Ferrari 458 Italia Edition
- TX Racing Wheel Leather Edition
- TS-PC RACER
- TS-XW Racer Sparco
- P310 Competition Mod
We got the chance to sample the R383 back at E3 2017, as part of our hands-on with WRC 7. The suede-wrapped rim felt great, and while the size increase is only nominal compared to most other wheels on the market, it really does add to the sense of immersion.
The Thrustmaster Sparco R383 is available at multiple retailers across the globe, priced at $200 USD (£180 / €200).