The new BMW M340i is the fastest non-M 3 Series


Fuel supply is performed by means of High Precision Injection technology, the injectors of which now operate at an injection pressure increased to up to 350 bar. The current version of M TwinPower Turbo technology is complemented by fully variable valve control VALVETRONIC and variable camshaft control Double VANOS.

For the American market, the 3.0-liter turbo under the hood of this vehicle is being rated at 382 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. xDrive is available but not fitted as standard, and when equipped, this sedan model will reach 60 miles per hour in 4.2 seconds, so it's pretty much matching the old M3. As a result, the vehicle has also clearly gained in sporting prowess.

The latest variant is powered by a turbocharged straight six-cylinder petrol engine worth 275 kW and 500 N.m, which represent increases of 35 kW and 50 N.m over the outputs of the outgoing (F30-generation) 340i.

The M340i also looks the part with its cosmetic updates. Yikes. Should sound good, we're promised, thanks to twin exhaust pipes direct from M Sport. The M340i should hit 60 miles per hour in about 4.2 seconds, BMW says. Regardless of which wheels are driven, the M340i comes exclusively with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Short ratios for the lower gears improve acceleration and the Launch Control function can be used for accelerating with maximum dynamics from a standstill. Shift paddles on the steering wheel facilitate manual gear selection at any time. The continuously variable system adds extra hydraulic damping at the front axle and a compression limiting system at the rear.

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Furthermore, the BMW M340i xDrive Sedan is equipped as standard with the M Sport differential.

With the release of the new seventh-generation 3 Series, performance enthusiasts the world over have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of a new M3. An M Sport suspension is standard, lowering the ride height by 0.4 inch, and an adaptive M suspension with electronically controlled dampers is available. The blue-painted brake callipers bear the M logo. M-branded 18in alloy wheels can be wrapped in a range of performance-oriented tyres.

Since the M340i sits among the regular model line-up, it does without muscle flexing features like flared arches. This includes the new iteration of BMW's kidney grille which features mesh design instead of the characteristic vertical louvres. Inside the cabin, there are standard sport seats in vinyl and Alcantara upholstery, or optional leather seats with contrast stitching. The digital instrument cluster bears the lettering "M340i".