Here's how the new BMW M3 and M4 look with every Australian number plate design
It's safe to say that with any front plate on it at all, the new M3 and M4 look far worse than they do without one.
Last night, when discussing the controversial styling of the new BMW M3 and M4 with a friend, they sent through the particular photo you see below – noting that they felt the styling would start to grow on people – and a strange thought hit me after a day spent bagging out the new models' styling in every discussion I'd had.
"Why do I not hate how it looks here?" I asked. "I'll give you a second to figure it out," was their simple reply.
And then it hit me – in that particular photo, it doesn't have a front number plate. Without a front plate, like the wide Euro units seen in the majority of the press photos, it actually looks incredibly tough and aggressive. The fact this clearly photoshopped effort doesn't have a sensor for the adaptive cruise control in the lower left snout probably helps as well, but that's neither here nor there.
However, it did lead to another thought – how is this thing going to look wearing Australian number plates? With front plates unfortunately required in every state and territory, I imagined this would lead to some odd looks.
So, as you can see for yourself, here are the results of some quick copy-pasting efforts involving every standard Australian number plate.
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory
I feel it's safe to say none of these look particularly brilliant if I'm honest – from my own state of South Australia's nice and clean black-on-white design to the ghastly yellow standard plates of New South Wales, they all do a great job of making this front end look like it's bucked teeth have bucked teeth.
However, knowing that most Australian owners won't be rocking regular plates and will instead opt for other designs, I decided to put a few of these together as well, including one with a South Australian six-digit numeric which you'll have seen at the top.
A single-digit numeric plate worth around $5 million
So yeah, it's safe to say that wearing any Australian number plate at all – even one worth $5 million – the new M3 and M4 are going to look rather awkward.
What a shame – without the need for a front plate, I have a real feeling the styling of these two cars would be a lot less controversial.