BMW has revealed its brand-new 2020 M340i, a hotted-up 3 Series that, of course, gets M badges everywhere - so people know you're a cool guy - but also some actually excellent upgrades. That's propels the M340i from 0-100 km/h in 4.4 seconds, half a second faster than the fastest F30 outside of the M3.
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. 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. The Los Angeles Auto Show (30 November - 9 December 2018) will serve as the setting for the world premiere of the BMW M340i xDrive Sedan. The M3 will have a manual transmission available, though the eight-speed automatic is the only trans we're getting on all other models here in the States. It is the BMW M340i: a four-wheel-drive saloon that's quicker than an old V8 M3 saloon. Short ratios for the lower gears improve acceleration and a Launch Control function can be used for showboating.
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.
A further integral part of the M Sport suspension and the Adaptive M suspension is the Variable Sport Steering feature, which supports agile cornering with outstanding feedback as well as spontaneous and precise response. There's also a variable steering option, but experience suggests this one might be less desirable. And to top it all off, there are optional 19-inch M light alloy wheels as well.
In addition to all those dynamic niceties, the M340i gets a performance braking system with blue-painted calipers and an M Sport dual exhaust, which ups the volume via its adjustable exhaust valves when you dial in the Sport or Sport+ driving modes.
Since the M340i sits among the regular model line-up, it does without muscle flexing features like flared arches.
Various model-specific styling features are also included, from the design of the front apron, side sills and rear spoiler to the trapezoidal exhaust trims.
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.