BMW i3 Bumper Modification: Out With The Two Tone
I have always found the looks of the i3 to be a somewhat mixed bag of love and hate for me.
I love the looks from the side with the 20″ wheels. I like the front end.
But I hate the multi-colored rear bumper, and toaster side rear quarter panels. I was so embarrassed by the rear end of the i3 (highlighted by those motorcycle size tires), that I usually backed it in when parking on my driveway.
In my opinion, the new fluid black color choice makes the rear of the i3 look much more uniform and aggressive.
Well, since I have the Capparis White i3, I started to Photo Shop the rear bumper all black, and liked it better than the factory two tone bumper treatment. I was surprised you could purchase the rear bumper cover insert panel for only about $80. So I ordered it, had it painted, and installed it last night. It was relatively easy to install. I just removed the lower middle valance panel, and was able to release all the panel tabs with my fingers.
This is what the bumper looks like with the white panel removed.
The Finished Result
Overall, I am very pleased with the results. I am also experimenting with a few decals here and there, just to let others know the car is electric, as I “educate” them on how not all electric cars are slow golf carts! I like to do subtle mods, which a casual bystander might not even realize is a departure from factory stock.