Published: Wed, November 14, 2018
Industry | By Dora Warner

BMW M340i xDrive Goes on Sale in July

BMW M340i xDrive Goes on Sale in July

BMW's seventh-generation 3-Series is looking poised to take its segment by storm, with a new M340i version here to keep us warm until the M3 flagship comes along. That's propels the M340i from 0-100 km/h in 4.4 seconds, half a second faster than the fastest F30 outside of the M3. The trapezoidal dual-pipe M Exhaust system with a valve-controlled exhaust make the M340i sound the part as well.

These cars will bring to market an updated six-cylinder inline gas engine, M performance chassis tuning, optional xDrive AWD, and standard M Sport rear differential.

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The new 3 Series will be launched in the country next year and considering the popularity of the M Sport models here, we could very well get the M340i, but not before 2020. Allied to four-wheel-drive (with a rear-bias) and an eight-speed automatic gearbox, it'll see off the 0-62mph dash in 4.4s which, says BMW, is "half a second faster than the top-of-the-range model of the previous generation" 3er. Also look out for the wing mirror caps, air intake struts, kidney grille, tailpipe trim and the model lettering in Cerium Grey metallic. Now, however, the Munich-based automaker has released more details about the new M340i derivative ahead of its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show at the end of November. The suspension geometry differs from other cars in the range, and if you want to improve the handling further, there's the option of fancy adaptive dampers. Shift paddles on the steering wheel facilitate manual gear selection at any time. In addition to a vehicle lowering by 10mm, the standard M Sport suspension of the BMW M340i xDrive Sedan comprises M specific elastokinematics and the new lift-related damper control function. There's also a variable steering option, but experience suggests this one might be less desirable. It's made up of four-piston fixed calliper brakes (blue with M logo) and 348 mm discs in front, and single-piston floating callipers grabbing 345 mm discs at the rear. Standard 18-inch M light alloy wheels are combined with mixed tyres.

Since the M340i sits among the regular model line-up, it does without muscle flexing features like flared arches.

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Inside the vehicle, you get sports seats with M-specific upholstery in Alcantara trim, M leather steering wheel, a digital instrument cluster, front door sills with the M340i badge and all other creature comforts from the standard model.

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