FIRST DRIVE BMW M340I XDRIVE: DIAL M FOR PERFORMANCE
Motown India|March 2021
‘M’ is a powerful word, especially in BMW parlance. Their M denotes performance of the highest levels. So when we got our hands on a made-in-India car from BMW and also its first-ever BMW M340i xDrive powered by a 6-cylinder BMW M performance petrol engine with 387 hp, we were simply floored.
Roy Punnoose Tharyan

I mean we wanted to floor it but for that we needed to find the roads and also ensure that we do it legally on a stretch that does not restrict us with a boring 50kmph speed limit.

The BMW M340i XDrive sedan is an intelligent four-wheel drive for maximum traction. With this, the 3 series buyers get another choice to buy a well-engineered car. It has under its hood, a newly developed straight six-cylinder petrol engine. The car gets an M Sport suspension, variable sports steering, an M Sport differential, the M Sport brake system and 18-inch M light-alloy wheels with mixed tyres. These are all standard equipment features for the car.

SPECIFICATIONS

ENGINE 2998cc, BMW TwinPower Turbo 6-cylinder Petrol

TRANSMISSION 8-speed Steptronic

MAX POWER 387hp@5800rpm

PEAK TORQUE 500Nm@18505000rpm

TYRES Front 225/45 R18, Rear 255/40 R 18

EXTERIOR

The BMW M340i xDrive sedan is 4,713 mm long, 1,827 mm wide and 1,440 mm tall. It has a 2,851 mm wheelbase with a muscular stature. The large BMW kidney grill mesh inserts are framed by a single surround and split up by wide bars that link to the headlight units. The hood is shaped by four contour lines flowing towards the BMW kidney grill.

The twin headlights are adaptive LED with BMW Laserlight which offers variable illumination of the road ahead. Overall, with its long wheelbase, short overhangs, the vehicle looks very sporty and dynamic. These looks are complimented by the exterior mirror caps, air intake struts, the kidney grille surrounds, side skirts, sculpted rear wheel arches, trapezoidal tailpipe trims, L-shaped LED taillights, body-coloured M rear spoiler on the boot lid and the model lettering all finished in Cerium Grey metallic.

Not to miss is the iconic Hofmeister kink – the familiar counter- swing at the trailing edge of the side window graphic. The Hofmeister kink derives its title from the name of its creator, Wilhelm Hofmeister, who led the BMW design department between 1955 and 1970.

INTERIOR

The cabin of the M340i xDrive is as expected from any BMW car, very focussed, very purposeful and very practical. The interiors are made of high-quality materials. Everything looks sporty inside, from the design of the door trim, to the newly designed instrument panel and center console.

The digital instrument cluster bears the lettering “M340i”. In the centre of the instrument panel, the displays and buttons for the air conditioning and the central air vents form a sharply designed unit, while the light functions are operated from a panel of buttons next to the steering wheel. The start/stop button for the engine is positioned in the center console, where the gearshift lever is joined by the iDrive Controller and the buttons for the Driving Experience Control and electromechanical parking brake.

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