2020 BMW M340i Emerges Just Shy Of A Full-On M3

With the release of the new seventh-generation 3 Series, performance enthusiasts the world over have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of a new M3. And we’ll have to wait a little longer. But this ought to fill the void in the meantime.

It’s the new M340i, and it’s the most powerful non-M 3 Series that BMW has ever made. At its 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 more power than all but the two most recent iterations of the M3, and more torque than all but the outgoing model.

It’s fast, very fast

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 mph (96.5 km/h) in just 4.2 seconds. As is typical of German automobiles, top speed remains electronically limited to 155 mph (249 km/h).

AWD and RWD

The power is transmitted to the rear wheels (or all four in the xDrive version) through an eight-speed automatic transmission. And the M340i also features an M Sport suspension or available active setup with new-fangled lift-related dampers, electronically controlled differential, a variable steering rack, and upgraded brakes measuring 13.7 inches (348 mm) at the front (gripped by four-piston calipers) and 13.6 inches (345 mm) at the back (with a single-piston caliper).

As you can see, the M340i has also been visually upgraded both inside and out. All this on top of the features that set the latest 3 Series on which it’s based apart from previous iterations of the benchmark sports sedan.

Pricing has yet to be announced, but the new top performance version of the BMW 3 is set to launch next summer.

*This story has been updated with images from the LA Auto Show

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  • Knotmyrealname

    Holey moley, what a mess they’ve made of the front and rear ends!
    This has to be the worst incarnation of the G20 ever.

    • Danny Boy

      Lol I thought this of the G20….

  • ZYGIUS
    • Bash

      Excellent, I think you’re good.

    • Knotmyrealname

      Graphically, squashing the front grille just makes it look like an i8. That grille height is the same on all G20’s.

  • john1168

    There is WAY too much going on in that front end. There are some elements of it that I do like but it is was over styled…

    • Knotmyrealname

      I kinda think this is aimed at the Asian market. Certainly not understated or clean.

  • Nope uh-uh.

  • David De Fortier

    Hideous front end

  • Dennis James

    Looks good power-wise. Finally a sizeable increase in power, since 2006 the 335i/340i hovered between 306 and 326hp.

    Now let’s see the price, I have a bad feeling about that.

  • Ary Wisesa

    Just when so many people insulted Lexus grille, now BMW has successfully managed to do even worse. How ironic.

  • MPAMPIS

    new lexus ?

  • izzey04

    wow..powerful….design is ok by me

  • Jonathan

    Taillights don’t look BMW at ALL, makes the rear end look like a Lexus copy. And as per usual the front grill is over done, but that’s how all current BMWs are going, and the industry in general 🙈

    The power bump is nice, though, let’s see if it’s still as sharp as drivers hope for.

  • ksegg

    God that rear end…..it just doesn’t WORK on a BMW.

    YOU DONE MESSED UP A A RON.

    • Mr. EP9

      The front also looks bad too. The previous gen was so much nicer by comparison.

  • Nordschleife

    While I appreciate the copper accents I have yet to see a car model where I 100% love it. I think the Aston Martin Superleggera comes closest.

  • Lt. Scheisskopf

    The march to turn BMW into a German Buick continues. Ironically, a Buick ad is showing below the BMW images. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3ef41f83a33284a6c09bf55f2057bff638e0a7372e595e3f8f678fde3857335f.png

    • Dude

      It what way is BMW becoming Buick lol?

      • Lt. Scheisskopf

        BMW’s are becoming bigger and also heavier, placing more emphasis on luxury, gadgets and comfort, and less on driver involvement. If you can get your hands on a well sorted E36 MT, or even a ratty one at that and take it for a drive, you will see why the tagline “Ultimate Driving Machine” has been dropped in favor of “Designed For Driving Pleasure”.
        For some fun reading on this search for “BMW Acknowledges It Is ‘The Ultimate Driving Machine’ No Longer, Holds Rallies to Scare Employees”

        • Dude

          It is mostly agreed on that their driving dynamics have taken a dive though to be fair this new generation 3 series is 55kg lighter than the last one and most reviewers have said that it’s more fun to drive. Even with BMW’s deline though I wouldn’t say they’re as bad as Buick

          • Lt. Scheisskopf

            Yeah, hopefully BMW will find its way back, but they have to make money and this is what people are buying. Arguably the last driving machine BMW made that really connected driver and machine was the 1M, which explains the crazy prices they command in the used market.

  • GoofyGotKilos

    I don’t know man, pretty disappointed by this design, it looks like a Mercedes (and I’m not saying Mercs look bad) It just doesn’t have the angularity that I normally associate with BMW’s especially the 3-series.

    • Danny Boy

      Agreed !! Been that way since ’12!

  • GoofyGotKilos

    Yes exactly

  • Honda NSX-R

    I hope they improved the steering feel on the new 3 Series, that’s probably my biggest gripe with the F30 335i and 340i M-Sport that I drove.

    • SteersUright

      e92 had none either. BMW’s thing is an artificial heaviness to mask imperfections and simulate lightly assisted fulsome steering. But it just feels sorta video game like.

      • Honda NSX-R

        Idk, the steering didn’t seem that natural or heavy in general. It seems artificial like you said. The steering is why I would pick a Stinger GT over a 340i. My Q50S (non DAS) has light steering but it at least feels natural. Plus the weight can change depending on speed and driving mode

  • 31/12/2999

    I prefer lexus

  • SteersUright

    Good god that front end is rough, the M-sport or whatever bumper is damn near Lexus-like in its unattractive weirdness. That said, seriously impressive specs for a sporty sedan. But the 3-series has become positively massive. The long wheelbase and large body will never feel truly nimble, despite potentially epic capabilities. Would love to see a small read-drive sedan from BMW that is much better looking than the 2-series.

    • Сафиуллина-Мохамед Рамазанов

      It had even the RC rear lights

  • Danny Boy

    Soooooo who’s the idiot that’s telling BMW that we want larger and larger 3 series? Well, WE DON’T! What we want is E46 E90 size and steering, optional 6spd, updated interior w/quality materials. It’s simple and you’re over thinking it. Just a return to greatness, not a 5 series mini me! So no manual now…smh
    Bye Felicia!!

    • Christian

      Gangster rap made them do it…

      • Danny Boy

        IKR…damn rappers always doing stupid sh$%! Dude I can’t believe that they are responsible for over 40% of total albums sold! They’ve surpassed Rock and country becoming the most popular genre of music. Created the a hole billionaire “50 cent”(he’s such a jerk) and the many many very bad millionaires! And the influence that they’ve had on our kids to not see color, sexual orientation, or religious beliefs, yet to focus on that whole melting pot craps just pissed me off. And now you remind me of why my son and I no longer have the perfectly sized, best handling sedans that we once knew. You know what? We should get our white hoods and go boycott some of the record labels that they OWN!
        #CHAPSMYHIDE

        • MayTheBestCarWin05

          Ummmm. Was this supposed to be a joke?

          • Danny Boy

            Yes, complete sarcasm!!

    • lagunas3ca

      2 Series is probably closest you’ll get.

      • Danny Boy

        If not for that horrible Kardashian rear end!

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Still looks like a Peugeot. No thanks.

  • MultiKdizzle

    4.2 seconds! Astonishing.

  • Thunderbolt

    BMW 3 series wearing an old outfit to a fashion show, sad.

  • sidewaysspin

    Chinese spies are all over it.

  • getoffme

    I can’t get over the Lexus-like rear.

  • MPAMPIS

    new lexus ?

    • no25

      so you just copied your old comment from 16 days ago? nice.

  • Sukhoi31m3

    Oh man…. just bring me the E46 back with all of its problems ironed out (bushings, expansion tank, water pump etc).

  • SteersUright

    Look at the shot of the chassis with motor, thats a bunch of weight sitting rather high on the front axle. Anyhow, seems like it will be one hell of a sport sedan, like the M3-light it always should’ve been. Definitely won’t be cheap though.

  • Christian

    Speaking about Porn… I have a couch for sale, slightly used oversyl 🙂

    • Danny Boy

      Ummm thanks……but I’ll pass! Ha
      But hey, post a pic if the sofa is on the lighter creamy side, never know..

  • Anon

    BIG OOF and 0-60 4.2 is not very fast… not even fast

    • Danny Boy

      Wait, when did 4.2 become not even fast?
      Not long ago M cars weren’t even doing 4.2!

  • Honda NSX-R

    Good stuff. I like reading about what BMW has done to improve steering predictability, directness, and feedback. I want to TD an M340i to experience these improvements.

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