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

Presenting The 2020 BMW M340i And M340i xDrive: The Most Powerful Non-M3s Ever

That's more power than the E46 M3, and a slightly quicker acceleration figure than the E90 M3.

Although BMW didn't show the more powerful variant in Paris, it released specs of the model at that time. Variable Sport Steering, now standard, is more responsive than ever.

Pricing has yet to be announced, but the new top performance version of the BMW 3 is set to launch next summer. Regardless of which wheels are driven, the M340i comes exclusively with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

BMW does, however, reiterate that its xDrive system has a definite rear bias, and has underlined the fact with the standard fitment of an M Sport differential at the back. The BMW M340i xDrive Sedan (combined fuel consumption: 7.5 l/100 km; combined Carbon dioxide emissions: 172 g/km*) is powered by a newly developed straight six-cylinder petrol engine with 275 kW/374 hp.

Since this isn't a full-blown M model but an M-fettled one, the M340is uses the base of the new G20-generation 3 Series in largely unchanged form. Ahead of the LA Auto Show, BMW unveiled the M340i and M340i xDrive sedans, sort of halfway between a 3-Series and the upcoming M3. M Sport Brakes are also standard fare with four-piston fixed calipers up front and single-piston floating calipers at the rear. It incorporates a double-joint spring strut front axle and a five-arm rear axle, and sits 10mm closer to the ground on M Sport suspension and bespoke damper settings.

Buyers can also opt for the Adaptive M Suspension featuring electronically controlled dampers, delivering damping force to each wheel separately thru continuously variable valves. Unique design elements include the BMW kidney grille boasting a mesh design, the rear spoiler in body colour and trapezoidal exhaust tailpipe trims.

Inside, you'll find sports seats with M-specific upholstery (a combination of Sensatec and Alcantara), anthracite "BMW Individual" roof liner, an M-branded leather-clad steering wheel and interior trim strips in "Aluminium Tetragon". Consequently, you can expect the next gen M3 to produce around 100hp more than its half sibling.

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