The BMW M440i is quite an expensive car, with a starting price dangerously close to that of the BMW M4. Because of this high cost, most 4-Series customers opt for cheaper, more fuel-efficient variants of the 4er. Which isn’t such a bad thing, because all 4 Series models are silky smooth and fun to drive. However, they lack some of the visual excitement of the M Performance model (with the power of the inline six). This is where 3D design comes in.
3D Design is one of the world’s premier BMW tuning companies. Its carbon fiber aero parts are some of the highest quality you will find and will fit perfectly. There is a reason why so many high end tuning stores use 3D design parts.
For the new 4 Series, 3D Design offers a new lower front lip, which goes far beyond the original bumper and gives it a more sporty look. New side skirts visually lower and widen the car, making it appear more aggressive and athletic. Quad exhausts and a carbon fiber rear diffuser complete the rest of the look, transforming it from an elegant GT coupe into a sports car, at least visually.
You can also get 3D Design’s lowering kit, which lowers the ride height by 20mm, eliminating the pesky wheel gap that ruins the look of most modern cars. In addition, 20-inch five-spoke wheels are also available, which adds a more expensive look.
If you plan to order 3D design parts, however, make sure you have the shift paddles. BMW’s paddles are a bit ‘meh’, but aftermarket paddles from 3D Design are brilliant. They are available in either aluminum or carbon fiber (aluminum is the right choice and I will argue with anyone who says otherwise) and are much more fun to use than the stock paddles.
The car in these photos is a BMW 420i, one of the entry-level 4 Series models, and it looks just as sporty and aggressive as the M440i. If you own a 420i or any other standard 4er, check out the 3D Design catalog for some upgrades.