F30 335i Brake Package Differences - Stock, M Sport, and M Performance

Revised 12/9/2014
There were 5 factory brake options on the 2012+ F30 335i - the standard brakes, M Sport trim package, multiple M Sport upgrade options, and an M Performance accessory retrofit. And further variations for the Canadian and European sales markets. As we found in our research and testing, there is a lot of confusion and misinformation on the Web, RealOEM, and even BMW's own ETK related to which parts go with which package. BMW further confused things by offering different options in the USA versus Canada and Europe. That's right - Canada had some slightly different brake options than in the USA. The M Sport name is also very confusing because there was an M Sport trim package (code P337A, $3,000) and an M Sport brake upgrade (code S2NH/S2NHA, $350-650) that were entirely different. To hopefully clear things up for everyone, we put this page together. This page currently only applies to the 335i models - the 435i came out two years later and is much better organized. We have a separate page for the 320i/328i which you can find here.

First, you have to know which brake package you have. As odd as that sounds BMW did not make things clear enough at the time the car was built. Factor in the country/region differences and the similarities in the package names themselves (M Sport vs M Performance) and it may not be obvious which brake option is on your car. BMW also equipped all 335s with a 4-piston front caliper made by Brembo. So saying your car has "Brembo brakes" does not narrow it done enough, unfortunately. It's very helpful if you have your original build sheet or window sticker. But if not we may be able to look up your options via the VIN.

To help identify which brake package you have we have categorized them by caliper color. Click on the blue banners below.

My car has grey calipers.
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My car has blue calipers.
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My car has red, yellow-gold, or orange 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 please e-mail us a picture of your brakes and your VIN so we can look up what the car was originally built with.

Pads
For the front caliper, the brake pads are all the same. Even though BMW has different part numbers for the pads and for the calipers, the pads are all the same shape and size. Only the compound changes between part numbers. This is unusual because most big brake kits will use a different pad. But with the F30 calipers the pad remained the same. See the photos below for comparisons. Here is the pad breakdown along with some notes on the differences:
Package Part Number Notes
US stock/base 34106859067 performs with low bite and low brake dust levels
M Sport
Euro stock/base
34116865460
(34116859282)
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 34116859066 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.
Centric Semi-Metallic 104.16090 a street pad with good initial bite and feel but with very low levels of brake dust
StopTech Street Performance 309.16090 a sport pad designed for aggressive street use. These are similar to the M Sport/Euro pads where they have a lot of bite and a very high temperature rating but need a little bit of heat from aggressive driving to work best.
Pagid race pads U4931 race pads are super aggressive and produce more braking torque than what a typical street pad is designed to create. They are also engineered to withstand the heat in a racing environment. Special materials are used to ensure the pads won't fade or come apart at the extreme temperatures found on a racetrack (over 1,000 degrees F). Race pads like the Pagid Yellow shown below will give phenomenal braking performance but because of the specialized materials they should be avoided for street use.

How did BMW use the same pad for a larger brake rotor? Yes, the overall rotor diameter is larger on the M Sport and M Performance packages. But look closely and you'll see the swept area of the rotor (the section that the pad actually touches) is the same. The 30mm of additional size comes from expanding the center hub. There is more material on the brake rotor hat which gives it the additional diameter.

The F80 M3/F82 M4 use the same pad shape as the M Sport/M Performance brakes.

Front Pad Comparison (showing all 335 front pads are the same shape)


For the rear caliper, things are a bit more traditional. The standard brakes are the single-piston sliding caliper that we're all used to. The M Sport kit used 2-piston Brembo calipers in all markets (grey for US; blue for Canada/Europe). The pads are different between single piston and 2-piston. Pad breakdown to match the fronts above:

Package Part Number Notes
US stock/base 34206799813 performs with low bite and low brake dust levels
US M Sport 12-13
Euro stock/base
(single-piston caliper)
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 or the M Performance brakes you can swap the M Sport pads in for an immediate improvement.
Centric Semi-Metallic
(single-piston caliper)
104.16100 a street pad with good initial bite and feel but with very low levels of brake dust
StopTech Street Performance
(single-piston caliper)
309.16100 a sport pad designed for aggressive street use. These are similar to the M Sport/Euro pads where they have a lot of bite and a very high temperature rating but need a little bit of heat from aggressive driving to work best.
Euro M Sport
any M Performance Kit
(2-piston caliper)
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. You can get a lot more bite and feel by changing the front pads but no other option exists for the rear pads.
Centric Semi-Metallic
(2-piston caliper)
104.16560 a street pad with good initial bite and feel but with very low levels of brake dust
StopTech Street Performance
(2-piston caliper)
309.16560 a sport pad designed for aggressive street use. These are similar to the M Sport/Euro pads where they have a lot of bite and a very high temperature rating but need a little bit of heat from aggressive driving to work best.
Pagid race pads
(2-piston rear caliper)
U4933 race pads are super aggressive and produce more braking torque than what a typical street pad is designed to create. They are also engineered to withstand the heat in a racing environment. Special materials are used to ensure the pads won't fade or come apart at the extreme temperatures found on a racetrack (over 1,000 degrees F). Race pads like the Pagid Yellow shown below will give phenomenal braking performance but because of the specialized materials they should be avoided for street use.

Rear Pad Comparison (showing the differences between the single piston and 2-piston pad shapes)



Rotors
For the 335i there are just two front rotor sizes - 340 or 370mm. The 340mm is the standard 335/435 disc size and also used in the US M Sport upgrade option for 2012-2013. The 328/428 also used this rotor in its own S2NHA M Sport brake upgrade and was offered with a dimpled/slotted face. This can be used on the 335/435 stock brakes for an appearance upgrade. The 370mm rotor was used on the M Performance accessory kit and in the later M Sport upgrade option.

All M Sport brakes (US or Canada/Euro) used a blank rotor design - no slotting, drilling, or dimpling. The M Performance slotted/dimpled rotors are a direct replacement for the 370mm M Sport brakes.

Front Rotors
Package Rotor Size Type
stock, #34116792223 340x30 blank
Accessory option, #34106797602 340x30 dimpled/slotted
M Sport (all), #34106797606 370x30 blank
M Performance, #34106797603 370x30 dimpled/slotted
Rear Rotors
Package Rotor Dia. Type
stock, #34216864899 330x20 blank
M Sport (all), #34206797607 345x24 blank
M Performance, #34206797600 345x24 dimpled/slotted





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 335i with no other options except for the upgraded brakes, wheels/tires, and increased top speed.