One of the biggest announcements of the year thus far has been BMWâs unveiling of a new M3 and M4. Not necessarily because both models are particularly radical mechanically, but because the grilles fronting each modelâs fascia have been met with particularly strong â¦ errr â¦ feedback.
It was a matter of time before a tuning company of some kind would reveal a replacement front end for the M3 and M4. And, first cab off the rank looks
to be Prior Design.
The firm has shown off a series of slightly different front ends, all revolving around the same treatment to BMWâs twin-kidney grille. Gone are the huge
âcoffinsâ from the production M3 and M4; each replaced with a grille much closer in proportion and shape to the M135iâs grille and a few of the other
models in BMWâs line-up.
Prior Design has elected to draft in a solid body-coloured bar underneath these kidneys, both to give the license plate a mounting point and to break up
the sea of vent. Then, the secondary grille at the bottom becomes wider before being shaped to suit the vents on the flanks. They’re unveiled numerous
spins on the same tweaks across a bunch of different images.
None of these looks appears to have been crafted for real just yet, with all of the images released so far being renders based on BMW press photography.
Whether the changes look better or not is up to the individual, but I can imagine these being a good seller once the new models start hitting showrooms.
Prior Design hasnât confirmed that these bumpers will actually make it into production. However, it has told press elsewhere that they âprobablyâ will.
Both the M3 and M4 utilise a twin-turbo 3.0-litre inline six, producing 375kW of power and 650Nm of torque. Both models have been confirmed for New Zealand
in Competition guise only, meaning we will miss out on any manual transmission variants.
Head of BMW M, Markus Flasch, defended the new nose in a round-table discussion earlier this year, saying that the front-end styling of the new M3 and
M4 has actually received a lot of positive feedback.
âSo far the response from the media that weâve shown the car was extremely positive,â he said
âItâs logical because we really took the design of the 4 Series to another level. We got rid of the kidney frame, we have an embossed bonnet. The rest
is very much different, much more different than anything we did in the past driven from BMW.
âThe front looks like a race car engineer has designed it and not a designer. This is how we wanted it to be. I think itâs the right move. I havenât received
[negative] comments anyway. I think it was the right move, it suits the car, itâs beneficial for cooling air intake.
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