Just because you don’t have a 335i or M3 doesn’t mean your 3-series has to be boring – John T’s been bringing his F30 BMW 328i to ModAuto for a while now, working with Mod Expert Sean to put the pieces into place to ‘complete’ the car. Today, John T’s 2014 F30 BMW 328i manages an OEM+ look with the ///M-derived aggression dialed up a few notches. As you may already know, the non M-sport factory bumpers for the 320i and 328i are, at best, snooze-inspiring. The M-Sport Front Bumper is one option, but for those who want something a bit different, an M3 style front bumper for F30 is just the ticket to give your 328i or 335i a unique look.
The M3 Style Front Bumper for F30 looks really aggressive, and gives the F30’s narrower body the great looks of the much wider M3 / M4. However, the front bumper wouldn’t look this good if not for the addition of a set of Gloss Black Kidney Grilles for BMW F30.
Removing the chrome factory kidney grilles and replacing them with a set of matte black, gloss black or even carbon fiber kidney grilles makes a huge difference in your F30 exterior‘s appearance.
The front bumper is only part of the package. Continuing the look is a set of M-Sport Side Skirts for F30, which keeps the lower, more aggressive profile created by the M3 style bumper going to the rear of the car, tying the whole package together. Normally a side profile shot like this wouldn’t look great on the stock wheels, but the F30 suspension has been lowered courtesy of a set of H&R Springs for BMW F30.
The stock single exit dual tip exhaust also had to go the way of the dodo, not only is it too quiet, but the tip configuration is far from sexy as it comes from the factory. That’s why Sean recommended an AWE Tuning Quad Exhaust for BMW F30 328i, complete with polished silver tips.
To accommodate the quad exhaust, we fitted a Performance Style Rear Diffuser for F30, however unlike the factory BMW one, this diffuser is specifically set up for a quad outlet exhaust, creating a super clean OEM+ look.
Here’s an installed view of the system. The combination of the M-Sport Bumper, Performance Diffuser and AWE Quads creates a look better than BMW could’ve done themselves.
The overall effect is fantastic, and the AWE Exhaust sounds as good as it looks.
From straight on, the performance style diffuser and quad tips give this 328i a much more intimidating character than the bland single exit dual tips ever did.
Here’s a closer look at those tips.
There’s only so much we can say about how good this setup looks, so we’ll leave you to enjoy the rest of the gallery.
From prow to stern, with a bit of help from Mod Expert Sean, John has totally transformed the look and performance of his F30.
John’s F30 sets the example for how imposing a 328i can be. Not sure how to make your boring stock F30 BMW 328i more interesting? No worries, our Mod Experts like Sean have tons of ideas and suggestions to help make the car of your dreams a reality.
Check out our guide to the Best Mods for the BMW F30 328i, 335i & 340i, then talk to our team of Mod Experts like our resident E9X M3 specialist Sean (x8009 for Sean), give us a call at 714-582-3330 to chat with our team of experts or stop by the ModAuto showroom in La Habra CA during business hours (8-5 M-Sat) and talk to our experts in person.
Story & Photos Nick Gregson