Poll: U.S. vs. European front-plate adapter for new BMW 3 Series

3-Series, Featured Posts | December 7th, 2011 by 13
photo 14 Poll: U.S. vs. European front plate adapter for new BMW 3 Series

The debate on European vs. U.S. specs 3 Series model configuration continues today with a new episode. We came across some photos that show the …

The debate on European vs. U.S. specs 3 Series model configuration continues today with a new episode. We came across some photos that show the new BMW 3 Series with a front-plate adapter for the U.S. customers and since here at BMWBLOG we know our readers sweat the details, we will give you a chance to express your opinion.

We have three images comparing front bumpers on the Sport Line F30 3 Series. The Euro-version in the official press photo is of course fitted with the ECE license plate, and is quite different from the version spied in a parking garage (with camouflage Roundel logos).

bmw 3 series front plate 655x163 Poll: U.S. vs. European front plate adapter for new BMW 3 Series

If it turns out the garage photos show the US-spec front plate adapter, would you take it or leave it?

Vote and tell us why in the comments section below.

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  • Jason

    The other option is to use the GMG Motorsports NO HOLES License Plate Brackets for states that require the front plate. No drilling and can put on and take off easily

    • Statuskill

      Great for thieves…. *shrug*

  • Rtcalo

    Not bad doesn’t seem to alter the front that much and it doesn’t hinder airflow either. Cops here in TX are pricks when it comes to not having a front plate.

  • Daniel Morton

    It looks pretty bad with the adapter on it, definitely not as clean as the European version. 

  • Justin O.

    I honestly think it ruins the front, it distracts from the fluid design lines, but…unfortunately many states requires it so no option there. For the future, there has to be a better solution, something more intimate, smaller plate maybe, or maybe a different adapter that blends in, not sure. 

  • http://twitter.com/EndrasBMW Endras BMW

    That is absolutely the NA front plate adapter.

  • NICK

    One perk to living in Utah is we’re not required by law to have a front license plates. In fact, many German cars in my village have German plates on the front. I do.

  • Tom

    It will be interesting to see what BMW does on US-spec European Delivery F30s.  It doesn’t look like a Zoll plate will fit on the US-spec front plate adapter, so will they just include it in the trunk like they’ve done with the E9x models?  How is it attached, since I don’t see any bolts?

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