2019 BMW M340i xDrive G20 to act as precursor to M3

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BMW has revealed the flagship of its new 3 Series range, the M340i xDrive, ahead of its Los Angeles motor show debut next week.


The M340i will crown the range until the full-fat M3 arrives late next year. It also marks the first time that the initial of BMW’s sporting M division has preceded the model number of a 3 Series. It’s powered by a 3.0-litre single-turbo straight-six petrol engine made largely from aluminium. Benefiting from an efficient twin-scroll turbo and higher-pressure fuel injectors, it produces 369bhp and 369lb ft of torque. That’s 47bhp and 37lb ft more than the previous 340i.


2019 BMW M340i xDrive G20
2019 BMW M340i xDrive G20

Those figures translate to a 0-62mph time of 4.4sec – half a second quicker than the old car – partly due to the shorter ratios of BMW’s latest eight-speed automatic gearbox. It’s also down to the 2019 BMW M340i G20 being four-wheel drive for the first time.

An M Sport differential allows drive to be biased towards the rear – even more obviously so in Sport and Sport+ modes. Further standard features include a launch control function and active sports exhaust system.

The M340i is 10mm lower and has a wider track than the regular 3 Series. Electronically controlled dampers are fitted as standard. Uprated brakes, M-branded 18in alloy wheels (19in alloys are optional) and performance tyres also feature.


2019 BMW M340i xDrive G20
2019 BMW M340i xDrive G20

The exterior appearance has also been revised with additional air intakes, a new rear spoiler and dual trapezoidal exhaust exits. UK spec has yet to be finalised, but the cabin is expected to have M-specific upholstery with a mix of leather and Alcantara, plus an M Sport steering wheel.

Customers can order an M340i from May 2019, with pricing set to be around £49,000.

2019 BMW M3 xDrive G20
2019 BMW M3 xDrive G20


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