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LA preview: 2020 BMW M340i

by Ronan Glon

It's the most powerful non-M 3 Series ever.

BMW will unveil the M340i variant of the at the upcoming Los Angeles auto show. The company has introduced the model online ahead of its public debut.

The Munich-based firm hails the M340i as the most powerful non-M-tuned 3 Series it has ever released. Power comes from a 3.0-liter straight-six engine turbocharged to deliver 382 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. Rear-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission come standard, there's no manual transmission option, and buyers can select BMW's xDrive all-wheel drive system at an extra cost.

Like the standard 3 Series, the M340i weighs less than its predecessor thanks to the widespread use of aluminum, and it benefits from a near-50:50 weight distribution. Suspension, steering, and brake components tuned by M help drivers make the most of the six's cavalry. BMW wants to reclaim its crown as the purveyor of the ultimate driving machine, and the M340i is a key part of its offensive.

The M340i comes standard with a 12.3-inch configurable screen that replaces the instrument cluster and a 10.2-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system. Navigation and Apple CarPlay compatibility both come standard; BMW continues to resist Android Auto, however. The list of standard features also includes leather-upholstered sport seats and a glass roof. Ambient lighting is found on the list of extra-cost options.

The 2020 BMW M340i will reach showrooms in the summer of 2019. Pricing information will be announced in the weeks leading up to its on-sale date. When it lands, it will compete in the same segment as the 354-horsepower Audi S4 and the 390-horsepower Mercedes-AMG C43.

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