While not a full-blown M car, the M340i staved off competition from pricier and more powerful models such as Mercedes-AMG E63, Audi RS5 Sportback
BMW receives Performance Car Of The Year award for its BMW M340i
The BMW M340i is Car and Bike’s 2022 Performance Car of The Year. Not to be mistaken for a full-blown M car – that distinction remains with the M3 – the M340i is the softer M Performance version of the BMW 3 Series bridging the gap between the standard 330i and the full-blown M3 that is yet to make it to India.
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The M340i faced competition a plenty for the category going up against more direct rivals such as the S5 Sportback along with going up against full-blown performance cars such as the 603bhp Mercedes-AMG E63, 416bhp Mercedes-AMG A45 – the most powerful hatchback on sale in India – and the full-fat 444bhp Audi RS5.
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Launched in March last year, the M340i uses BMW’s familiar 3.0-litre in-line six turbo-petrol engine fettled to put out 382bhp and a notable 500Nm of torque sending power to all four-wheels via a 8-speed ZF automatic gearbox. Compared to the standard 3 it’s only the design details that set the M340i apart – also sits 10mm lower – though it’s under the skin where most of the changes are. Revised suspension, the aforementioned engine, quicker shifting gearbox, sharper steering, an M Sport differential and a tuned exhaust are some of those changes.
The cabin too only gets a few cosmetic differences over the regular 3 with all the bells and whistles carried over along with a few additions. The M340i is currently priced at Rs 64.90 lakh (ex-showroom, India) with BMW locally assembling the performance sedan in India.
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