369bhp G20 BMW M340i Revealed, Will Do 0-62mph In 4.4sec

Angelica Greene
November 14, 2018

Power development and speed increase are accompanied by the characteristic sound of the straight six-cylinder engine, which has gained additional presence thanks to the M Sport exhaust unit.

Just like Mercedes-AMG is using its lower-tier models like the C43 to bridge the gap below the hooligan-spec variants, BMW's M Performance models are fulfilling a similar role within the Bavarian line-up and the new M340i xDrive is a natural rival to that aforementioned C43.

The M340i is powered by a revised version of BMW's 3-litre straight-six turbopetrol, producing 275kW and 500Nm, and feeding all wheels through an eight speed automatic gearbox and xDrive system. BMW wants to reclaim its crown as the purveyor of the ultimate driving machine, and the M340i is a key part of its offensive. 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. You can (read: should) opt for BMW's adaptive suspension with electronically controlled dampers as an option. Steering shift paddles are standard, of course.

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That all-wheel-drive traction, with a helping hand from Launch Control, help the M340i sprint off the line nearly as quickly as the previous M3, it's 4.4 second claimed 0-100km/h time being just 0.1s adrift. The components of the double-joint spring strut front axle and the five-arm rear axle, both of which have been optimised in terms of weight and stiffness, enhance cornering dynamics and steering precision, as do the larger track widths and optimum wheel camber angles. There's also something called 'variable sport steering,' said to provide better feedback. Hmm. There are standard-fit 18-inch wheels, with 19-inch rims available as an option. You get extra stopping power with M Sport brake system with a 348mm disc with four-piston, fixed calliper setup at the front and 345mm, single-piston, floating calliper brakes at the rear.

The M340i's model-specific design features include the kidney grille's mesh design (I see teeth linking the mesh), the rear spoiler in body colour and trapezoidal exhaust tailpipe trim.

Inside, there's sport seats trimmed in faux leather and Alcantara, or proper optional leather seats with contrast stitching. A further exclusive design feature of the BMW M340i xDrive Sedan are the front door sills also boasting the model lettering.

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