With the discharge of the brand new seventh-generation Three Collection, efficiency fanatics the world over have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of a brand new M3. And we’ll have to attend somewhat longer. However this should fill the void within the meantime.
It’s the brand new M340i, and it’s essentially the most highly effective non-M Three Collection that BMW has ever made. At its coronary heart sits a 3.0-liter straight six with a single twin-scroll turbocharger that helps it kick out 382 horsepower (275 kW) and 369 lb-ft (500 Nm) of torque. That’s extra energy than all however the two most up-to-date iterations of the M3, and extra torque than all however the outgoing mannequin.
It’s quick, very quick
Full efficiency specs are nonetheless to be launched, however BMW says the brand new M340i xDrive shall be able to rocketing from a standstill to 60 mph (96.5 km/h) in simply 4.2 seconds. As is typical of German vehicles, high pace stays electronically restricted to 155 mph (249 km/h).
AWD and RWD
The ability is transmitted to the rear wheels (or all 4 within the xDrive model) by means of an eight-speed computerized transmission. And the M340i additionally options an M Sport suspension or out there lively setup with new-fangled lift-related dampers, electronically managed differential, a variable steering rack, and upgraded brakes measuring 13.7 inches (348 mm) on the entrance (gripped by four-piston calipers) and 13.6 inches (345 mm) on the again (with a single-piston caliper).
As you possibly can see, the M340i has additionally been visually upgraded each inside and outside. All this on high of the options that set the newest Three Collection on which it’s primarily based aside from earlier iterations of the benchmark sports activities sedan.
Pricing has but to be introduced, however the brand new high efficiency model of the BMW Three is about to launch subsequent summer time.
*This story has been up to date with photographs from the LA Auto Present