Even though a tuning house in Germany has already designed a new front bumper for the new BMW M3, realistically, how many M3 owners would actually go through the trouble to purchase them? None, most likely. This then, the new G20 M340i xDrive just launched here in Malaysia at RM402,354.15 inclusive of Sales Tax Exemption, could just be the next best thing!

Following recent launches of the 218i Gran Coupe M Sport and the M340i xDrive, launched alongside the 330e PHEV, is the first locally-assembled M Performance vehicle and certainly lives up to its name with more than enough power to propel it from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.4 seconds!

It’s just as fast as the new M3 and frankly, far better looking!

PERFORMANCE

Engine: 3.0-litre turbocharged straight-six
Transmission: 8-speed Steptronic automatic
Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive with M Sport differential
Horsepower: 387 hp
Torque: 500 Nm
0 to 100 km/h: 4.4 seconds
Top Speed: 250 km/h

Guess what, the M3, with all its might, is only 0.2 seconds faster from 0 to 100 km/h and in the real world that fraction of a second is almost, if not completely insignificant! Also, we don’t have to point out to you how much better-looking the M340i xDrive is as well, when you compare it with the buck teeth M3.

EXTERIOR

  • BMW Laser Light with high beam assist
  • 19-inch style 792 M Light alloy wheels with run flat tyres
  • 4-pot front and single pot rear M Sport brakes
  • Adaptive M Sport suspension
  • M rear spoiler
  • hands-free powered tailgate

And it has some distinct exterior traits too; like the trapezoidal exhaust tips that stand out from the 330e’s single exhaust tip on each side or the quad tailpipes on the M3. Sitting on the M Sport suspension also means the M340i is lower by 10 mm compared to the standard 3 Series.

The M340i xDrive is built with a rear biased setup up, with torque distribution controlled by the M Sport differential for optimum traction and power delivery.

INTERIOR

  • M leather steering
  • M pedals
  • M floor mats
  • 12.3-inch BMW Live Cockpit instrument cluster display
  • 10.25-inch touchscreen display
  • 16-speaker Harman Kardon sound system
  • Sunroof
  • Head up display
  • 3-zone air conditioning
  • BMW Individual headliner in Anthracite

The new “BMW M3” as we’d like to call it now is available in Alpine White, Black Sapphire, Sunset Orange, and Portimao Blue. The interior will feature Vernasca leather upholstery in Black or Cognac.

SAFETY

  • Forward collision warning with brake intervention
  • Rear collision warning
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Lane change warning
  • Lane departure warning with steering intervention
  • Parking assistant

The M340i xDrive is accompanied by a 5-year unlimited mileage warranty with free scheduled service. With the Balloon Financing Plan from BMW Group Financial Services Malaysia, the BMW M340i xDrive can be yours with a monthly instalment plan starting from RM 4,468.00 based on estimates of an 80% loan on a 5-year tenure.

Following the Sales Tax Exemption announcement, for the latest price list of BMW vehicles in Malaysia, click here.


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Pan Eu Jin
Regularly spend countless hours online looking at cars and parts I can't afford to buy. How a car makes you feel behind the wheel should be more important than the brand it represents - unless resale value is your thing.