BMW M340i revealed, Australian debut due late next year

2020 BMW M340i xDrive to Debut in LA

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

It should go on sale in the United Kingdom either late spring or early summer, with a starting price approaching £50,000. 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.

- To debut at the 2018 Los Angeles Motor Show later this month. Other than that, it's regular 3 Series. Short ratios for the lower gears improve acceleration and a Launch Control function can be used for showboating.

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.

Launch control can be activated, and the shift points can also be altered based on data from the navigation system. Given its usability bandwidth and lower unit cost, the M340i might yet prove the pick of the range. Also altered are the track widths and wheel camber angles. 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.

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.

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. 19-inch M light alloy wheels in two designs and 19-inch BMW Individual light alloy wheels, likewise fitted with mixed tyres, are also available as an option.

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

The M340i's model-specific design features include the kidney grille's mesh design (I see teeth linking the mesh), the rear spoiler in body colour and trapezoidal exhaust tailpipe trim. Inside the cabin, there are standard sport seats in vinyl and Alcantara upholstery, or optional leather seats with contrast stitching. The digital instrument cluster bears the lettering "M340i".

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