The first locally-assembled (CKD) M-Performance model, the 2020 BMW M340i xDrive has just been launched in Malaysia. Priced at RM 402,355 (with SST exemption until 31-Dec, on-the-road prices without roadtax and insurance), it’ll bring the fight to the Mercedes C43 AMG.
It launches alongside the BMW 330e M Sport.
It’s got an ‘M’ in front, so power is there in spades: 387 PS and 500 Nm from it’s 3.0-litre turbocharged straight-six. xDrive denotes that it’s an all-wheel drive model, and power is sent to the driven wheels via the 8-speed Steptronic automatic transmission.
We like big numbers because they can create fun times very quickly: 4.4 seconds is all it needs to reach 100 km/h from a standstill. Pin the accelerator and it’ll send you to an electronically-limited 250 km/h. Fuel consumption is rated at 7.7 litres/100 km.
Although its AWD, it is rear-wheel biased. Couple that with the M Sport differential and slidey times are guaranteed. Connecting you to the road are adaptive M sport suspension that can be electronically-adjusted.
Behind the meaty 19-inch Style 792 M wheels are the a set of M sport brakes, featuring four-pot fixed calipers at the front and single-piston floating calipers behind clamping big brake discs. Runflat tyres are standard.
Meanwhile, it’s got variable sport steering that’s been modified that BMW says will give ‘noticeably more direct feedback’.
The M340i xDrive gets the M Aerodynamics Package, an M spoiler and BMW Individual high-gloss Shadow Line trim elements along with BMW Laser Light. Additionally, the left and right inlets on the front bumper, kidney grille and its surround and side mirror covers are finished in Cerium Grey.
Behind the bi-coloured wheels are blue brake calipers and round the back the car gets trapezoidal dual-exhaust tailpipe finishers.
Four colours are available: Alpine White, Black Sapphire, Portimao Blue and Sunset Orange (pictured here).
The same sporty appeal carries over inside, as the interior also gets M-specific design touches. Standard fittings include sports front seats finished in Vernasca leather, an M leather steering wheel, illuminated front door sills and BMW Individual headliner in Anthracite.
There’s also M-specific pedals and floor mats to go with the Aluminium Tetragon interior trim finish (with Pearl Chrome highlights) to give you just that extra pizzazz over a regular 3-series. There’s also a 12.3-inch fully digital instrument cluster and a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment display.
Speaking of pizzazz, there’s 11 different arrangements for the ambient lighting. Other neat touches include automatic three-zone air-conditioning, 16-speaker Harman Kardon surround sound system and contactless tailgate opening.
Other standard features include Head Up Display, electric glass roof and welcome lights.
Other than the Driving Assistant and Parking Assistant systems, it’ll also come with healthy advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) features:
Lane Change Warning (LCW)
Lane Departure Warning with steering assist (LDW)
Rear Cross Traffic Warning (RCTA)
Forward Collision Warning (FCW) with braking intervention (AEB)
Rear collision warning (RCW)
Speed limit assist
Prices, warranty and after-sales
After 31-December 2020, this spicy 3-Series will be priced RM 420,325 (on-the-road, without insurance and roadtax). Now open for booking, interested parties can book a unit either through authorised dealers or on shop.bmw.com.my for RM 1,000.
Meanwhile, owners of the M340i xDrive will receive the BMW Premium Ownership package which includes 5-year/unlimited mileage warranty with free scheduled service programmes, roadside assistance, BMW Group Loyalty+ Mobile App, BMW Privileges Card and BMW Service Online.