Chinese bumper kit makes the old 5er look like the new controversial M3.
Many enthusiasts have bemoaned the BMW M3 and M4's controversial new design direction. BMW's latest M cars are more engaging to drive than ever before, but the ginormous kidney grilles that stretch down the entire front fascia are an eyesore.
BMW continues to defend the controversial new design, arguing that it helps the new M3 and M4 stand out from the competition. However, it didn't take long for aftermarket tuners to try and fix the new M3 and M4's face, offering body kits that shrink down the substantial grille. This Chinese company has taken a different approach, however.
Listed for sale by Taobaois is a bumper kit that can make your E60 5 Series look like the new M3, mimicking the new model's massive mouth. No, we're not sure why you would want to do this either.
As aftermarket designs go, this bumper kit is extremely unflattering. The hood line doesn't blend with the bumper kit very seamlessly and the old model's larger headlights are an obvious giveaway that this is a poor imitation of the new M3. Alternatively, the company also offers a 5 Series bumper kit inspired by the new M2 Competition. It still leaves a lot to be desired, but at least it matches the car's proportions.
The M3-inspired bumper kit will set you back ¥2,500 ($380), while the M2 Competition kit costs ¥2,500 ($1,800). Clearly, these body kits are aimed at people who wish they could own the latest BMW M cars but can't afford to buy a new M3 or M2 Competition, which starts at $69,900 and $58,900 respectively. This is why supercar replicas based on common cars are so popular.
It also goes without saying that the old E60 5 Series can't match the performance offered in the new M3 and M2 Competition. Under the hood, the M3 is powered by a 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline-six engine producing 473 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque, while the M2 Competition utilizes a 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline-six generating 405 hp and 406 lb-ft.