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BMW M340i And M340i xDrive Detailed Ahead Of L.A. Debut

14 November 2018

Its engine is the same 3.0-litre unit used in the M140i and M240i, but its output has been cranked to new heights for the larger 3 Series. Powered by a 374hp straight-six, the vehicle 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. The sedan will be showcased at the Los Angeles Motor Show later this month with the worldwide market debut slated for July 2019.

That's more power than the E46 M3, and a slightly quicker acceleration figure than the E90 M3. BMW wants to reclaim its crown as the purveyor of the ultimate driving machine, and the M340i is a key part of its offensive. The electronically controlled, fully variable rear-wheel locking function noticeably contributes not only towards an increase in traction, but also enhances stability and agility of the vehicle.

We move on to suspension, comprising of a double-joint spring strut front axle and a five-arm rear axle, both of which have been optimised in terms of weight and stiffness.

The vehicle sits 10mm lower than other 3ers on M Sport suspension, and the tracks are slightly wider. Adaptive suspension with comfort, sport and sport-plus modes is optional. Other standard features include beefier M Sport brakes and Variable Sport steering, which adjusts to changes in the steering angle for better maneuverability. BMW also says it has improved the steering. 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 19-inch M light alloy wheels come with high-performance tyres facilitating a particularly effective transfer of longitudinal and lateral forces.

The new BMW M340i xDrive Sedan's superior performance characteristics are reflected in model-specific design and equipment features.

As you'll see in these new images, the 2020 BMW M340i distinguishes itself with a special mesh grille.

The M Sport vibe carries through to the cabin in the form of sports seats upholstered in a Sensatec and Alcantara combo, anthracite roof liner and M-badged steering wheel. The digital instrument cluster and the front door sills feature the model lettering.

BMW M340i And M340i xDrive Detailed Ahead Of L.A. Debut