BMW M340i xDrive
The new BMW M340i xDrive is the hard-core performance version of the 3 Series sedan and it has finally come to India. The car has been developed with some serious intent, and BMW engineers have gone flat out and come up with a car that truly delivers. It's the only 3 Series model to get a six-cylinder engine, and it comes with four-wheel drive as standard.
Visually, the new BMW M340i looks much edgier, and if it were a a few years ago, we would have readily accepted this as an M3. The new kidney grille with chrome bezels, sharp headlamps, and the muscular bumper all scream aggression and we like it!
In India the car drives in with 18-inch wheels, compared to the regular 3 Series, the M340i sits lower by about 10 mm.
The sharp lines and features can be seen on the rear section as well, which also features a set of wide LED taillamps. We also get to see the M Sport exhaust with dual outlets.
The cabin is very sporty and very well finished. You get M treatment all around with the sportier seatbelts, sill badge and even in the instrument cluster. As expected - being the flagship ensures you get all the bells and whistles on the M340i.
The M340i is powered by a 3.0-litre, six-cylinder petrol engine that produces 387 bhp and the eight-speed automatic transmission channels the power to all four wheels via the xDrive all-wheel-drive system.
BMW engineers really focused on that sound, the sound and the notes that you get from the engine is just so fantastic. It's growly, it's satisfying, it's got this deep rumble and yet it just gives you the sense of very refined performance, that's something just needs to convey to you how dynamic this car is. Oh yes! 0-100 kmph is done in just 4.4 seconds.
The BMW M340i also gets a new lift-related damper control and has the M Sport differential that is electronically controlled. The Adaptive M suspension with electronically controlled dampers is just sheer genius.
BMW India will open bookings for the much-awaited BMW M340i xDrive from 3:40 pm, 5 March 2021 onwards. The car will be available in limited units and can be exclusively booked online at BMW Online Shop for Rs. 1 lakh.