There goes the lunch break.
The new BMW 3 Series and 4 Series models have garnered many comments about its outlandish grille. We're starting to believe that the problem is that the grille is massively overstated, while the rest of the car is is fairly understated. Now that BMW has added the M3 and M4 to its Individual Manufaktur Visualizer, we can see if it's possible to balance it out with creative color choices and wheel options. At least, that's how we're justifying playing with BMW's excellent visualizer that allows you to see exactly how your favorite aesthetic options come together as a whole.
The visualizer allows you to see how your chosen car looks with different paint, wheels, interior trims, and upholstery options. One of our favorite combinations using the Serial Paints option is the Frozen Portimao Blue shown above. It's matched to the 19-inch Double-spoke style 825 M Bicolour, and Jet Black burnished wheels. We're fans of adding the M Carbon Bucket Seats in Silverstone and Black and the fine-wood with black trim with silver effect for an interior match.
The paint options list is massive, with a choice of 62 metallic colors in the Special Paint list alone. For some reason not well explained on the site, choosing one of the total 93 Special Paint options brings up a warning that "the lane change assistant," which is a part of option 5AU 'Driving assistant professional,' has to be deactivated." That didn't stop us from deciding our favorite of the special paints is the metallic Zanzibar II with the Double-spoke style Bicolour Black wheels shown above. We like that matched with a toned-down interior with just a bit of flash, so we've gone for full leather sports seats in Merino black and carbon fiber trim.
If you want to distract from the BMW M3's grille, you'll want to go with the most eye-popping and perhaps even garish combination possible. For that, we recommend the Dakar Yellow paint with double-spoke style Orbit Grey Matt wheels on the outside and Yas Marina Blue and Black Carbon Sports seats on the inside. We've topped the interior off with Aluminium Tetragon trim.
Paint options range from a couple of free options like Alpine White and San Paulo Yellow and can rise to $3,600 for the upmarket metallic options. Upgrading the wheels costs $1,300. Trim options top out at $1,080, and upholstery options range from no-cost options to $2,550. The Carbon Bucket Seats cost an extra $3,800.
One of our favorite new colors is the San Remo Green, which reminds us of the glorious Nori Green Pearl from Lexus and is well complemented by the double-spoke style Bicolor Black wheels.