We’ve been pretty excited about the forthcoming, seventh-generation BMW 3 Series ever since our man Steven Ewing hustled a prototype LA Auto Show later this month.earlier this year. BMW showed us the at the Paris Motor Show this fall, and now we’ve got the details about the hotter M340i, which will bow at the
BMW confirmed Tuesday that the 2020 M340i is powered by a turbocharged, straight-six engine, and will produce a not-insubstantial 382 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. However, because BMW has, the M340i will only be available with an eight-speed automatic.
That 382 horsepower number sounds good, especially when you consider the new 3 Series is lighter than its predecessor. Like the 330i, the new M340i will be about 120 pounds lighter than the outgoing version, thanks to intensive use of aluminum. BMW also says the 3’s body rigidity has increased by 25 percent overall.
Of course, being a, the new M340i has all kinds of go-fast tech like an optional adaptive M suspension, fancy M-Sport brakes and an electronically controlled locking M-Sport rear differential. Something new for 2020 is the introduction of what BMW calls lift-related dampers, which are supposed to reduce body movement by adding extra hydraulic damping at the front and limiting shock compression at the rear. Ewing tested these on the 330i prototype and had .
BMW plans to unveil pricing for the new M340i and M340i xDrive during the LA Auto Show, and has said that the car should be in dealer showrooms starting in the Summer of 2019.