2020 BMW M340i Loaded With M Performance Parts Gets Even Closer To M3

Among BMW’s many plug-in hybrids unveiled at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, there’s an interesting M340i model kitted with an array of M Performance Parts.

Late last year BMW presented its M Performance goodies for the G20 3 Series and this particular model seems to pack all of them — and then some.

For example, it sports an unusual grille. Instead of the usual vertical slats, the kidneys get a new gloss black rhombus pattern with silver “teeth” where each rhombus meets another. It looks the part with the grille shut and it should be even more spectacular when the active grille shutter is open.

Moving on, the M340i show car gets the full M Performance carbon exterior treatment in bare carbon look, including the front splitter, mirror caps, deck lid spoiler, and rear diffuser. The performance sedan also showcases a new 20-inch alloy wheel design and oversized brake discs with four-piston aluminum calipers painted red.

Inside, the two-tone cabin combines red and grey and brings a sportier steering wheel with Alcantara and carbon fiber trim, carbon fiber shift paddles, carbon fiber trim on the dash and center console, and special floor mats. We’re not sure if we could live with that flashy red leather on a daily basis, though.

In European spec, the 3.0-liter turbocharged straight-six gasoline engine produces 374 PS (369 hp) and 500 Nm (369 lb-ft) of torque and it comes as standard with the 8-speed Steptronic automatic transmission and xDrive AWD system.

The M340i is fast enough to get you in serious trouble, as 0 to 100 km/h takes just 4.4 seconds while top speed is limited at 250 km/h (155 mph).

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  • Arthur

    By the time you tack on all the M parts, you’ll be very close to a base M3 MSRP.

    • Paul Lindo

      That maybe is true, but I don’t go to the track, so I would prefer a fully loaded M340i as a daily driver, over a base M3. I suspect many people feel that way

      • Bash

        +1

      • Rygar 1976

        Maybe… the E92M3 I had, when left in comfort mode was a surprisingly compliant and comfortable car. It was a BIG step up over the E46M3 in that regard. I used both as a daily driver and although I would much rather have the E46 back now, the E92 was a much better daily driver.

        I’d be willing to bet the ride quality of the M3 in comfort mode is 95% as comfortable as the M340i.

  • Bikie Wright

    The red leather looks so tacky.

    • Bash

      Thank you man, I started to loose hope finding someone who would share/raise the same point.

  • Honda NSX-R

    I thought it was the F80 Competition Package for a moment

  • Mikestroh

    BMW Sedans just look boring to me…..their Coupes and some of their cross overs are more interesting design wise imo.

  • Blade t

    I like it, besides the interior color choice..

  • Sovereignty

    Wow, that looks terrible. The Arabs will love it.

  • Sovereignty

    Jaguar makes a decent red leather interior, which is optional on the facelifted XE. BMW’s efforts looks garish in comparison.

  • getoffme

    Looks fine. Another color would probably show more of its design.

    • KidRed

      I think you’d want to hide as much of the design as possible. It’s a big step back visually.

  • Honda NSX-R

    I haven’t noticed how weird the grill slats were until you pointed that out

  • Pericles

    Kash you raise valid points. The design changes were pushed by Josef Kaban, the new designer whom imported his VW philosophy. He started drawing Oct 17 and i was anticpating signature items to pop up.. he brought the buttox grill from Skoda which he designed as well as the deep concave handles. he also messed the trim line to match audi.. first time in the sports premium industry when someone removes the meister kink line connecting the C pillar rear headlights with the 12 o clock top of the wheel well. he broke it in two and placed it above the handles, before hidden by the line , now overstated… shocking i know and i absolutely despise this overstates attempt to match VW and Audi…

    • Rygar 1976

      Chris Bangle all over again… 🙁

      • Bellisarius

        Considering that the top 3 series non M now reached 75,000 USD, it better look FRIGGING COOL. not maybe perhaps, but grounbreaking cool… Shame shame shame..

  • Bo Hanan

    Jury still out for me on this new design. Need to see it in the flesh. And I will never be ok with the new head & tail light designs.

  • sidewaysspin

    To much little nagging details and garish colours makes it look like a chinese knock-off. I thought bmw meant power and subtlety.

  • Joe E

    Whole thing is too much. Looks aftermarket in a bad way, especially the grille.

  • Rygar 1976

    I find it funny when non-M cars have more M badging than an actual M car. It shouldn’t have M badging on it since it’s… wait for it… not an M. It might be as fast as an E92M3 11 years later, but that doesn’t make it an M car.

    • Bash

      …. in a sad exhale low tone… “yeah”

  • SteersUright

    Overall, I like it, looks mean. To nitpick though (of course), I’d lose most of it except for the brakes, wheels and side skirts. The 2-tone interior is bad, looks like it can’t decide which color it wants to be. Also, GS350 called, wants its rear lights back. Overall though, very nice, aggressive silhouette just don’t probably need so much of this aftermarket chatchkis on it.

  • Bellisarius

    try cleaning these wheels. wow..

  • Dennis James

    Bling and kitsch everywhere, no hint of that OEM cohesion. BMW really lost it. A neighborhood tuning shop could have done that.

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