F30 328i Brake Package Differences - Stock, M Sport, and M Performance

Revised 12/9/14
Four different brake options were offered for the 2012+ F30 328i/iX and F32 428i/iX - the stock factory (what the car came with), M Sport trim package, M Sport Brakes upgrade, and M Performance accessory upgrade. There are two brake specifications labeled as "M Sport" and they are completely different. The M Sport option is made more confusing with misinformation spread around the web, Real OEM, and even BMW's ETK. And most of the information out there is for the 335i M Sport brakes, which are different than the 328i. The 320i and 320d were never offered the M Sport Brakes upgrade for the US market. Most of the components in the M Performance accessory kits were shared among all models.

Click the banner below that matches your current brake setup. If in doubt please e-mail us a picture of your brakes and your VIN so we can look up what the car was originally built with.

My car has grey calipers.
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My car has painted Brembo calipers.
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stock F30 328i brakes

stock F30 335i brakes
grey/unfinished Brembo

335i M Sport brakes
blue Brembo caliper

F30 M Performance brakes
red Brembo shown


If in doubt just call or e-mail us with your VIN and we can look up what the car was originally built with.

F30 328i/F32 428i Brake Parts
Pads
Package Part Number Notes
stock/base F: 34106799801
R: 34206799809
performs with low bite and moderate-high brake dust levels
M Sport trim package F: 34106859181
R: 34216850569
lots of initial bite but also lots of dust; performance drivers will like this pad a lot but daily drivers will probably dislike the amount of dust from them
M Sport upgrade option F: 34116859066
R: 34216855474
low bite and low brake dust levels
M Sport upgrade
(alternative)
F: 34116865460
R: 34216850570
lots of initial bite but also lots of dust; performance drivers will like this pad a lot but daily drivers will probably dislike the amount of dust from them; if you were unhappy with the brake feel in your stock setup you can swap the M Sport pads in for an immediate improvement.
M Performance Kit F: 34116859066
R: 34216855474
low dust and low feel; a lot of M Performance customers have been put off by the pads that came with this kit - they're dull feeling and totally out of character with what they expected. In this case we recommend using the M Sport pads with more bite.

Front Rotors
Package Rotor Size Type
stock, 34116792219 312x24 blank
M Sport trim package (P337A), 34116792221 330x24 blank
M Sport upgrade option (S2NHA), 34116792223 340x30 blank
M Sport upgrade alternative (S2NHA), 34106797602 340x30 dimpled/slotted
M Performance, #34106797603 370x30 dimpled/slotted



Rear Rotors
Package Rotor Dia. Type
stock, 34216792227*
(see F33 note below)
300x20 blank
stock, 34216864900*
(see F33 note below)
300x20 blank
M Sport trim package (P337A), 34216792227 300x20 blank
M Sport upgrade option (S2NHA), 34206797605 345x24 blank
M Sport upgrade alternative (S2NHA), 34206797598 345x24 dimpled/slotted
M Performance, #34206797600 345x24 dimpled/slotted
* N20 vs N26 differences -
34216792227 = F33 428i/iX with N20 engine
34216864900 = F33 428i/iX with N26 engine
Why a different rotor on the rear of the Convertible? Because BMW felt that the N26 needed a larger parking brake mechanism. The rotors are the same diameter and the pads are the same. But the center hat is a different size and the parking brake contact area is wider. You can tell a N20 vs N26 by the emissions label on the underside of the hood (N20 = ULEV; N26 = SULEV). And to further confuse things, this issue only applies to the F33 Convertible (not sedan, coupe, wagon, GT, or Gran Coupe!)

Trim and Option Codes
Below is a table listing the option codes and trim package codes relevant to the F30 brakes.
Code Description
0ZMM M Sport line
P337 or P337A (or just 0337) M Sport trim package (will include 0840 and 2PE or similar)
"A" might stand for America, indicating a different spec than the rest of the world.
0840 top speed limit increase and performance tires (usually required when ordering 2NH)
2PE 18" star spoke Style 400M wheels (required to clear bigger brakes)
21B 18" light alloy Style 441 wheels (required to clear bigger brakes)
2A5 18" light alloy Style 397 wheels (required to clear bigger brakes)
2NH or S2NH or S2NHA M Sport brake upgrade
"A" might stand for America, indicating a different spec than the rest of the world.
Information is inconsistent on how the S2NHA can be ordered. It doesn't appear in either the 2012 or 2013 official ordering guides but show up in BMW ETK, Real OEM, and owner's forums. In the official 2014 ordering guide S2NHA requires 2PE and 0ZMM/P337A. In the 2015 ordering guide, they relaxed the requirements to only bigger wheels with performance tires and top speed increased. So in theory, you could have a base model 328i with no other options except for the upgraded brakes, wheels/tires, and increased top speed.