This article is from the M! 351 (December 2022).
MERING • Manufacturer Logitech is venturing into the high-end sector for the first time with the G Pro steering wheel. Also on board is new direct drive technology with a strong 11 Nm torque. This ensures an extremely realistic driving experience, especially in Gran Turismo and Assetto Corsa Competizione. The varied track surface effects come across as direct and unmediated. You quickly develop a good feeling for the limit, even before the car swerves or understeers. Not only the smooth running is convincing, but also the Logitech-exclusive feedback system called “Trueforce”. This was already used in the G923, but only with this steering wheel is it a real enrichment for the racing experience. You can feel the engine hum or curbs with finely graded effects. However, this technique is currently only Grand Touring, ACC, GRID, DiRT Rally 2.0 and Snowrunner supports.
Just like the Fanatec competition, the G Pro offers a display to adjust the steering wheel setup. Here you can customize your torque, damping and filtering as well as the steering angle. On top of that, information such as forces or pedal pressure can be displayed on the OLED. Logitech no longer builds on the previous connections, but on USB ports for pedals or shifters. This is a shortcoming: Because the only compatible pedals are only available separately for an additional 390 euros. And without these, the G Pro isn’t really roadworthy. The Pro Racing Pedals have a heavy base with three side-sliding pedals with metal heads. On top of that, the brake offers a load cell, with which you can dose the brake pressure more precisely. In addition, there are harder inserts in the packaging. Tighter gas and clutch springs are also available.
The noble handlebars with a diameter of 30 cm and attractive leather processing are also convincing. The button arrangement looks a bit unusual and offers a mini control pad and two rotary controls. This allows, for example, quick tuning while driving Grand Touring adjust. On the back there are two magnetically and thus crisply actuated rocker switches and two other rockers with an analogue path. The latter can be used, for example, as a double clutch, launch control or gas and brake. Interestingly, the handlebars can be removed from the base with a quick release, which suggests future replacement wheels from Logitech.
The G Pro is serious competition for the top dog, Fanatec. Because the rich Force Feedback supplemented by the Trueforce effects ensures an authentic driving experience. The biggest problem is currently the price, which adds up to around 1,500 euros including pedals. You can get the Fanatec DD Pro, which is similarly equipped, for half that. However, the latter offers noticeably less back pressure on the handlebars.