New BMW M340i produces 368bhp, to debut at LA Motor Show

2020 BMW M340i xDrive

- To debut at the 2018 Los Angeles Motor Show later this month. Global market launch in July 2019.

BMW says the M340i and M340i xDrive will arrive in dealerships in July 2019.

The new M340i is the most powerful 3 Series till date.

Straight six-cylinder engine with superior power development and characteristic sound. The twin-scroll turbocharged B58 features an aluminium crankcase and cylinder head. The turbo has an integral, compact, steel exhaust manifold and impellers that weigh 25% less than the parts used on previous models.

The M340i claims a zero to 60 miles per hour (96 km/h) time of 4.2 seconds, whereas the Audi needs an extra 0.2 seconds and the Mercedes another 0.4 seconds - an increase in power for the 2019 model year didn't lead to a better sprint time for the C43 unfortunately. As a result, the auto has also clearly gained in sporting prowess. Also look out for the wing mirror caps, air intake struts, kidney grille, tailpipe trim and the model lettering in Cerium Grey metallic. The dual-pipe M Sport exhaust system is fitted with two petrol particulate filters, enabling the BMW M340i xDrive Sedan to meet the requirements of the Euro 6d-TEMP emissions standard. BMW estimates it will take the sedan 4.2 seconds to reach 60 miles per hour from a standstill when paired with available xDrive all-wheel drive. BMW uses an 8-speed Sport Steptronic transmission with new control systems and shorter gearing for response and acceleration. Steering shift paddles are standard, of course. The rear-wheel bias of BMW xDrive supports that brand-typical driving experience and is particularly strongly effective in the driver experience control modes SPORT and SPORT+. It is the BMW M340i: a four-wheel-drive saloon that's quicker than an old V8 M3 saloon. Also altered are the track widths and wheel camber angles.

This is the seventh-generation 3-Series, on sale next summer.

The vehicle sits 10mm lower than other 3ers on M Sport suspension, and the tracks are slightly wider. Also there's something called "variable sport steering", said to provide better feedback. Hmm. Throw in bigger brakes with four piston calipers and 348mm discs at the front, along with single piston floating calipers and 345mm discs at the rear and you have yourself one very well-equipped 3 Series. The blue-painted brake callipers bear the M logo. The Adaptive M suspension is available as an optional extra.



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