- Avoid tickets without drilling your bumper
- Fits right and will not alarm your PDC sensors
- Tough construction and rigid design, made in the USA
Avoid Tickets Without Drilling Your Bumper
The Platypus utilizes the existing tow eye in your bumper, so you do not have to drill any holes in your new car. This method of installing the front plate is common and legal in all states that require front license plates. At times when the plate is not needed, it can be removed easily, leaving no trace that it was ever there.
Fits Right and Will Not Alarm Your PDC Sensors
We have designed and tested hundreds of configurations on many current vehicle models and trim levels, this is not a one size fits all system. The model for your vehicle will sit tight to the bumper so that is looks like it was meant to be there, and it will also avoid setting off the sensors on your bumper (if you are having a sensor issue, troubleshoot it or contact us and we will resolve it!) Although it will sit close, the sturdy plate backing will not scratch your bumper no matter how you drive.
Tough Construction and Rigid Design, Made in the USA
The 12 gauge steel Plate Backing is full sized so that the edges of your license plate do not get bent in a car wash or otherwise. That plate has a black powdercoat baked on that will last forever. The Stud is lathe machined from 6061 aluminum and black anodized. We make them at the high end of the receivers tolerance so that the studs fits tight and stays put while you drive (this means that the stud will not go in without a wrench, like the stock tow hook does). The button head hardware is stainless steel, and uses an allen key to discourage theft. The hardware provided is the exact right length for your plate and will not stick through the back to scratch your bumper, if you would like to install a plate frame you will need a longer set of hardware for $1 here.
There's a Design for nearly every BMW Vehicle
We make a specific kit for almost every car BMW makes. If your car is on the list then you can be sure that we have worked with the local BMW dealerships to test the fit. If you don't see your specific model, let us know and we would be happy to see if we can find a solution for you.
*Most M-Sport models require a different kit than the base model car. Make sure to check if there is a specific kit for your trim package. If you have a question about which model you need send us an email and we will help you choose the right one.
*BMW parking sensors are typically closer together than other manufacturers. Finding the "sweet spot" on these cars usually requires some adjustment of the back plate. We have outlined how to do this in the instructions.
- BMW 1 Series Hatchback (2004-2011)
- BMW 1 Series Convertible (E88) (2007-2013)
- BMW 1 Series Coupe (E82) (2007-2013)
- BMW 1 Series Hatchback (F20, F21) (2012+)
- BMW 2 Series (F22, F23) (2014+)
- BMW 2-Series Grand Tourer (F45) (2015+)
- BMW 3 Series (E46) (1999-2006) Including M3
- BMW 3 Series (E90/91/92/93) (2006-2013)
- BMW M3 (2007-2013)
- BMW 3 Series (F30, F31,) (2012+)
- BMW 3 Series GT (F34) (2013+)
- BMW M3 (F80) (2014+)
- BMW 4 Series Coupe (F32, F33, F36) (2014+)
- BMW 4 Series Coupe (2014+) w/ M Package
- BMW M4 (F82, F83) (2014+)
- BMW 5 Series (E39) (1996-2003)
- BMW 5 Series (E60, E61) (2004-2010)
- BMW 5 Series (F10, F11) (2011-2015)
- BMW 5 Series GT (F07) (2009+)
- BMW 6 Series (E63, E64) (2004-2010)
- BMW 6 Series (2011-2015) Including M6
- BMW 7 Series (E38) (1995-2001)
- BMW 7 Series (2002-2008)
- BMW 7 Series (2009-2015)
- BMW 8 Series (E31) (1989-1999)
- BMW i3 (2014+)
- BMW X1 (E84) (2012-2015) Including M-Sport
- BMW X3 (E83) (2003-2010)
- BMW X3 (F25) (2011-2016)
- BMW X3 M-Sport (F25) (2011-2016)
- BMW X4 (F24) (2015+)
- BMW X5 (E70) (2007-2013)
- BMW X5 (F15) (2014+)
- BMW X5 M-Sport (E85) (2015+)
- BMW X6 (E71, E72) (2009-2014)
- BMW X6 (F16) (2015+)
- BMW Z3 (E36/7, E36/8) (1996-2002)
- BMW Z4 (E85, E86) (2003-2008)
- BMW Z4 (E89) (2009+)
- BMW Z8 (E52) (2000-2004)
Product ReviewsWrite Review
Posted by Joey on 17th Jun 2017
The bolt was too short
Good Looking Solution for my 2017 BMW 330 XDrive
Posted by Judy J. on 6th Jun 2017
I was sure I was NOT going to drill holes in my brand new bimmer bumper for its license plate, but I didn't know this solution existed. After getting advice from a BMW dealership and fellow BMW club members, CRAVENSPEED was mentioned as the go-to place to provide a good product. The license plate kit arrived amazingly fast and the instructions were easy, but when I didn't quite tighten the bolts on the holder perfectly, I visited their offices for help. One of the gentlemen grabbed his tools, gave me some longer screws so I could add a frame, and went to work on it right in the parking lot. I couldn't have been more pleased with the customer service and the quality of their product. My new car looks great and it was a very positive experience.
Well designed; Sleek and high quality parts
Posted by Kalra on 22nd May 2017
plate mount on X5 M
only recommendation: this product didn't come with installation/mounting instructions or even tools required to mounting. Yes, there were videos available but a hard copy would be have had been handy/helpful.
Easy Install, Looks great!
Posted by Trent on 15th Mar 2017
I stumbled across the CravenSpeed Platypus mount after looking at cheaper options on Amazon. I noticed the great reviews of the problem but just assumed them to be allot of plants or insiders. NO! I received the mount for my 335i and it was in professional packaging with easy mounting instructions for my front tow hook hole. I installed the mount but was met with no way to install my license plate cover with the plate with the custom screws that came with the product. An easy instant message to CravenSpeed and I quickly had the new longer mounting screws at my door! GREAT CUSTOMER SERVICE!! I highly recommend this product to anyone who wants a great quality, durable, stylish mount for their E90.
Doesn't set my PDM off and it's great.
Posted by Unknown on 16th Feb 2017
I put this on my BMW 435i M Sport w/ PDM and it truly doesn't not set it off. I'd tried in vain to adjust a different lic set up for months and ditched it for the Platypus. The Platypus comes set in the predetermined configuration so it takes all the guess work out of where it should be to not set off the PDM, this is worth the price alone.... 5 minute installation. Note* I did have some minor adjustment up and down when installing but that was it and has not set off even since locking it down.
Posted by Unknown on 23rd Jan 2017
Very easy to install and does not interfere with the sensors. I would highly recommend this license plate mount!
M3 Tow hook license plate
Posted by Unknown on 29th Sep 2016
Simply the best tow hook license plate out there in the market hands down! Took me forever to find the perfect one for my 2016 M3 and it does not disappoint. Super sturdy and looks better than others. Even after install it looks as if it's strategically integrated into the car. Glad I did my research.
Good enough for a BMW
Posted by Unknown on 1st Sep 2016
This is an outstanding product. It solved my problem
Excellent no drill license plate mount
Posted by Dr. Brian Bengtson on 22nd Aug 2016
Just purchased the Platypus License Plate Mount for my 2016 BMW M3. Excellent product! Very sturdy and easy to install. Wish I had of known about this mount when I purchased my 2015 M5 as I wouldn't have let the dealership drill the front bumper to install the license plate mount that comes with the car.
Great license plate
Posted by Unknown on 2nd Aug 2016
Excellent plate. Quality is good. Very sturdy. To make the plate even better, wish the kit came with security screws and some lock washers. Did not block front park sensors.
Posted by Unknown on 10th May 2016
The license plate kit came with all the hardware and fit as it should.
Very good product
Posted by Unknown on 6th May 2016
Had one for our 2010 BMW 328I and it worked perfectly. Replaced the car with a 2016 BMW M235. Purchased a new mount for that model.
The mount requires an extension which was not initially shipped with the product and some adjustment by bending the bracket to clear the sensors, which was not noted in the instructions.
Once we got through that with the help of their EXCELLENT support staff, the mount has been working without problems.
Exactly as advertized, Excellent product!
Posted by Alan on 15th Apr 2016
I did NOT want to drill holes in my brand new 2016 BMW 528i to mount the front plate. Auto parts stores weren't any help and neither was the dealership. I found this online and figured it was worth a try. It's very sturdy and doesn't block the sensors. This was worth every penny I spent for it. Thank you very much CravenSpeed!!!
Posted by Jeff on 25th Mar 2016
Installation (with help of the online video) was a breeze, and indeed does not cause any interference with the parking sensors. I like the offset look rather than drilling holes into the front bumper. Price was just right, and fast shipping. Thanks much! Great solution all around.
Posted by Josh Gleghorn on 10th Feb 2016
One of the best front plate mounts I have ever used. You definitely get what you pay for and you will not be disappointed with this mount. I will always have these mounts on my car in the future.
Offset plate for BMW X4
Posted by Les Cho on 30th Jan 2016
Perfect offset alignment for front plate on BMW with sensors everywhere!
Special thanks to Kellen!!
Excellent quality. Works as expected on our 2016 M4
Posted by Clint Johnson on 5th Oct 2015
The quality of this plate is exceptionally high. Well-engineered, the offset design avoids the proximity sensors on the front bumper. Installation was completed in 10 minutes; however, a star wrench (not included) is required to affix the license plate.
First shipment covered my proximity sensors
Posted by henry clifford kancler on 7th Jul 2015
but the customer service was great and they got me an offset plate and included a shipper for the return
Posted by Unknown on 19th Jun 2015
Excellent product, would definitely recommend to others.
Well designed and built
Posted by MJ on 28th Apr 2015
Quality product, easy install.
Fast shipping, nicely packaged.
428xi Gran Coupe w/M sport pckg.
Slightly obstructs right side park distance sensor, dash reads false obstruction due to proximity of plate.
Perfect fit on my 6 series
Posted by Ric on 23rd Apr 2015
Perfect fit and installed in less than 5 minutes. No extra holes in my bumper. Highly recommended!
BMW 435i M-Sport
Posted by Ron on 2nd Mar 2015
Texas is a 2 plate state and I'd rather pay the fine vs drilling holes in my 2015 BMW 435i M Sport. Search the Web, looked at photos and read reviews before contacting Cravens. One review stated the mount "scratched slightly the bumper" on his 435i. I contacted Cravens and was told the issue was resolved, "plate will not touch your bumper" and advised on which mount to order. Exceptional product and service. I highly recommend Cravens.
Great plate mount if you don't want to put holes in your front bumper
Posted by Unknown on 24th Jan 2015
Easy installation, looks great, best part: No holes in my front bumper.
Posted by Mark on 5th Dec 2014
Easy to install. The installation bolt could have been a bit longer because the bracket does touch and has scratched slightly the bumper on my BMW 435i. I worry that bracket and license plate can be removed very easily by twisting counter clockwise and therefore may be prone to theft.
Great fit for X3
Posted by Andy on 5th Nov 2014
Have a new 2015 X3 M Sport and the dealership did not have a plate holder and offered to drill holes...
I found your website online and love how the plate looks!
Awesome and Unique!
Posted by Unknown on 9th Oct 2014
Have a new 2015 M3 and the dealership did not have a plate holder and offered to drill holes...
I found your website online and love how the plate looks!
Posted by James Kurth on 14th Aug 2014
This is a sturdy tow hook plate for my 2015 BMW 435i that was easy to attach and does not cover the sensors on the bumper. You can look at less expensive but be sure they will fit your car and not cover the sensors. Wish I had bought this product for my BMW 640i before they slapped the big BMW factory black bumper plate holder on the front of the car.
Fast shipping, fits perfectly
Posted by Alex C on 11th Aug 2014
There's not a whole lot to say. I now have a front plant that's off center (like I prefer it), didn't require drilling holes in my bumper, and looks vaguely european.
Fit perfectly, took five whole minutes to install.
Posted by Chuck on 4th Aug 2014
I bought a 2015 BMW Z4 with the M package and would have had to drill holes in the body to attach a front license plate. NOT!!!! This product worked great was easy to install. Highly recommended!!!!!!
Exactly what I was looking for
Posted by Brian on 24th Jul 2014
The product was exactly what I was looking for.
I'd suggest that the manufacturer include something to place behind the plate (like some puffy tape or something) just to provide a bit more of a buffer between the plate holder and the vehicle.