How do you have improve a benchmark setting luxury sports sedan? In the case of the BMW 3-series, you create the 2016 BMW 340i. The well-known 335i designation is no more. What’s different? For starters, the 340i (F30 designation) gets a new inline 6-cylinder engine (B58 designation). The displacement remains the same at 3.0-liter, but the engine now features an all-aluminum construction and a redesigned twin-scroll turbocharger. The output goes up to 320 horsepower and 330 lb-ft of torque. The 335i produced 300 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque. The engine is again mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission that is as good as ever with quick launches and crisp shifts. This sedan is supposed is rated at 4.6 seconds 0-60 MPH by BMW. What will it do at a mile above sea level with pro-driver Paul behind the wheel? We were surprised as you can see in the video.
The starting price for the base 2016 3-series creeps up by $200 over the outgoing model to $33,150. The 340i xDrive starts at $47,800, and the test car you see here has an M.S.R.P. of $59,920. This includes make options such as: Technology package, Driver Assistance Plus, Driver Assistance package, Dakota leather interior, Cold Weather package, Active cruise control, and more.
What time does the 340i xDrive manage around the IMI Motorsports test track with pro-driver Paul? Will Paul and Roman give it a “Hot” or “Not” ratings? Watch the video for all the details.