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BMW M340i Launch On March 10: 5 Things You Should Know


It will be BMW’s first locally assembled ‘M’ car

 

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Yet another variant of the BMW 3 Series is set to be launched on March 10. But unlike the 3 Series Gran Limousine, this new variant is thoroughly driver-focussed. Ladies and gentlemen, say hello to the M340i, BMW’s first locally assembled ‘M’ car. Mind you, this ain’t a purebred M car, but it’s a mix of every day usability and driving thrills. Here are five things you need to know ahead of its launch:

Behold The Straight Six!

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You read that right. The M340i comes with a 3.0-litre straight-six motor that develops a… gasp… 374PS and 500Nm. It comes mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission with power being directed to all four corners. Acceleration is frantic, with 0-100kmph coming up in just 4.4 seconds! The standard M performance exhaust system also means you’ll be accompanied by an euphoria while climbing up your favourite mountain road.

Four Wheel Drive? What About The Typical BMW Experience? 

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Fret not as it remains a rear-wheel drive sedan most of the time, with power being directed to the front wheels only when it detects a slip. So doing those crazy slides would still be possible. It also gets a host of updates underneath the skin for a sportier driving experience. 

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It sits on M Sport suspension that is stiffer than the standard car and should impart less body roll. The variable steering wheel should aid better agility around the twisties. Meanwhile, behind those M-branded wheels are the upgraded M Sport brakes for better deceleration. And last but not the least, the M Sport differential means it sends power to the wheel with the most amount of grip. 

Does It Look Special? 

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Park the M340i next to the standard 330i M Sport and you’ll be hard pressed to tell the difference except for the badge. But that’s the beauty of the M340i -- it’s a proper sleeper. In simple words, your friends might confuse it for the standard 3 Series until the M340i starts picking up its pace. After all, there are a handful who would like to keep things low-key, right? 

What About The Interior? 

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Save for sports seats and M-branded steering wheels, the M340i’s interior is similar to the standard model. No bad thing as the standard 3 Series’ interior is a well appointed place to sit in. 

Expected Price And Rivals

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Considering that the BMW M340i is being locally assembled in India, we expect it to be priced aggressively, at around Rs 75 lakh (ex-showroom). Yes it isn’t cheap, but this is proof that performance is becoming more affordable. The M340i will lock horns with the Mercedes-AMG C43 coupe

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