Hey there, gearheads and design aficionados! Today, let's steer away from the mundane and into the realm of extraordinary steering wheels. These are not your run-of-the-mill circles you grab onto every day. We're talking about the coolest, most unconventional steering wheels that have graced the automotive world. Some of these marvels have debuted in sleek concept cars, while others have found their way into production models.
So buckle up and let’s take a whirlwind tour of 10 steering wheels that have dared to defy the norm!
Maserati Boomerang: Picture this - a 70s Italian concept car with a futuristic wedge design, boasting a steering wheel that's more like a control pod. It's a unique blend of luxury and futuristic vibes, housing gauges and accessory controls all within the wheel’s span.
Pontiac Banshee: Jumping to the 80s, the Pontiac Banshee IV concept sported a wheel crowded with 20 buttons for everything from climate control to cruise. It was a glimpse into a future that, well, didn’t quite pan out, but was cool nonetheless.
Tesla Model S Plaid: Fast forward to the 21st century, Tesla gives us the yoke-style steering ‘wheel’ in the Model S Plaid. Inspired by aircraft controls, it's a controversial yet innovative design that provides an unobstructed view of the dashboard.
Citroën DS: Hailing from the 1950s, the Citroën DS featured a single-spoke steering wheel, giving drivers an unobstructed view of the dash while also collapsing in the event of a crash – an early take on safety and style.
Pontiac Pursuit: The 1987 concept, Pontiac Pursuit, featured a yoke with a plethora of buttons and d-pads, foreshadowing today’s touchscreen-dominated dashboards.
Pagani Huayra: In the world of supercars, the Pagani Huayra's wheel stands out for its elegance. Crafted from fine leather, carbon fiber, and aluminum, it’s a piece of art in your hands.
Mercedes-Benz Vision One-Eleven: This concept car boasts a beautifully crafted, rounded rectangular wheel with bold buttons and dials, exuding exotic elegance.
Pontiac Trans Sport: The 1986 concept van, the Pontiac Trans Sport, introduced a wheel packed with buttons, including a CRT screen display, offering a futuristic vision that sadly didn’t make it to production.
Lexus RZ450e: Lexus' first fully electric EV sports a yoke steering input, combining tradition with innovation in a sleek, modern package.
Spyker C8: Last but not least, the Spyker C8 features a wheel inspired by aviation, resembling a four-blade propeller and crafted with polished metal and leather – a true nod to luxury and heritage.
There you have it, folks! A journey through time and innovation, highlighting steering wheels that have broken the mold and set new standards in design and functionality.