The new BMW M340i is the fastest non-M 3 Series

Joanna Estrada
November 13, 2018

That's more power than all but the two most recent iterations of the M3, and more torque than all but the outgoing model.

Full performance specs are still to be released, but BMW says the new M340i xDrive will be capable of rocketing from a standstill to 60 miles per hour (96.5 km/h) in just 4.2 seconds. The M Sport differential is electronically controlled with a fully variable rear-locking function.

The new BMW 3 Series Sedan is picking up more speed on its way to its market launch in the spring of 2019. Regardless of which wheels are driven, the M340i comes exclusively with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Following its debut at the LA Motor Show, the M340i will only go on sale in the global market by July 2019.

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. 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. Standard 18-inch M light alloy wheels are combined with mixed tyres. The M sport brakes achieve this with a more direct ratio as well as a different hydraulic configuration including four-piston, fixed calliper brakes and 348 millimetres discs at the front and single-piston, floating calliper brakes with 345 millimetres discs at the rear. BMW also makes available Adaptive M suspension that adds electronically controlled dampers that can vary the damping at each wheel individually. BMW also says it has improved the steering.

Since the M340i sits among the regular model line-up, it does without muscle flexing features like flared arches.

The M340i also looks the part with its cosmetic updates.

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

Inside, there's sport seats trimmed in faux leather and Alcantara, or proper optional leather seats with contrast stitching. Consequently, you can expect the next gen M3 to produce around 100hp more than its half sibling.

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