Published: Tue, November 13, 2018
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

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

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

Powered by a 374hp straight-six, the auto will hit 62mph in 4.4 seconds, which, if you want proof of progress (or, perhaps more appropriately, the effectiveness of all-wheel drive), makes it four tenths quicker to the mark than the V8-engined E92 M3 - you know, the one that felt monstrously fast only a few years back. Variable Sport Steering, now standard, is more responsive than ever.

The new BMW 3 Series Sedan is picking up more speed on its way to its market launch in the spring of 2019.

Another big factor in the 0-62mph being so brisk is the xDrive all-wheel drive system, which - along with a limited-slip differential on the rear axle - is fitted as standard. Official pricing has yet to be revealed for the 2020 BMW M340i and M340i xDrive, but sales are set to get underway next summer.

The power plant developed for the BMW M340i xDrive Sedan raises the vehicle's characteristics in areas of performance, response, revving power, running smoothness and efficiency, so typical of BMW straight six-cylinder engines, to a new level. BMW also says body rigidity has increased by 25 percent, and let's not forget the base 3 Series is lighter thanks to increased use of aluminum. The seventh-generation 3 arrived with five engine options and we were eagerly waiting for the full-blown M3 to arrive sooner rather than later.

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"You can also opt for 19-inch alloys (in two designs and with mixed tyres) if the standard 18" wheels don't fit the bill.

As you can see, the M340i has also been visually upgraded both inside and out.

The vehicle sits 10mm lower than other 3ers on M Sport suspension, and the tracks are slightly wider.

M tuning extends to the standard brake system on the M340i, with M-branded calipers mounted to 348mm discs at the front and 345mm discs at the rear. The vehicle's exclusive look is also complemented by exterior mirror caps, air intake struts, the front surfaces of the BMW kidney grille, tailpipe trims and the model lettering all finished in Cerium Grey metallic. Inside the cabin, there are standard sport seats in vinyl and Alcantara upholstery, or optional leather seats with contrast stitching. We expect a better, more dynamic driver.

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