New BMW M340d xDrive Saloon and Touring revealed with 516lb ft of torque 

BMW has released its range-topping black pump 3-series models, with a predictably impressive torque figure

The petrol-powered G20 M340i is already on sale in the UK, but now BMW has released its range-topping diesel to sit alongside it. Available in both saloon and estate forms, the new M340d will make its debut at the Geneva motor show, and is set to hit showrooms in April 2020.

The most powerful diesel-powered 3-series in the marque’s range, the 340d’s 3-litre turbocharged in-line six provides 335bhp and a colossal 516lb ft of torque, matching the output of its arch-rival, the Audi S4 TDI. Standstill to 62mph for the saloon comes just two-tenths later than its petrol-powered counterpart, at 4.6sec – the estate completes the sprint in 4.8sec, with both reaching a 155mph top speed.

Subscribe to evo magazine

Subscribe today to have every issue of evo delivered straight to you. You'll SAVE 39% on the shop price, and get evo for its original cover price for a whole year!

As if the power figures don’t provide enough performance, a 48V mild-hybrid system utilises a 10bhp electric motor to help fill the gaps the engine leaves – it also improves efficiency, allowing for smoother start-stop operation, engine-off coasting and more.

> 2019 Audi S4 TDI review - appeals to the head, if not the heart

Though it might not be a full-fat M-car, an M Sport exhaust system, uprated M Sport suspension, four-piston 348mm front, single-piston 345mm rear M Sport brakes and an M Sport differential all come fitted as standard. At a cost, the M Sports Package adds a raft of additional features, including adaptive sports suspension which drops ride height by 10mm.

Power is sent to the ground through an eight-speed automatic gearbox and the marque’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system, allowing the driver to send power to whichever axle they desire. The system will send traction to wherever it’s needed most in normal modes, but switches to a rear-biased set-up in Sport+.

> BMW M Performance parts: pricing, availability and range

Eighteen-inch M sport wheels and more aggressive exterior trim comes as standard, but 19-inch wheels can be had at a cost. Inside, buyers receive BMW’s latest 8.8-inch infotainment system, digital cockpit, ambient lighting, a handful of driver assistance systems and more.

Pricing is yet to be announced.

Recommended

Visit/bmw/3-series/202575/alpina-d3-s-turns-black-pump-3-series-to-11
BMW 3 Series

Alpina D3 S turns black pump 3-series to 11

5 May 2020
Visit/bmw/3-series/202527/this-dahler-bmw-m340i-xdrive-is-an-m3-touring-alternative
BMW 3 Series

This Dähler BMW M340i xDrive is an M3 Touring alternative 

27 Apr 2020
Visit/bmw/3-series/202499/bmw-m340i-xdrive-pumped-to-m3-beating-503bhp-by-g-power
BMW 3 Series

BMW M340i xDrive pumped to M3-beating 503bhp by G-Power

21 Apr 2020
Visit/bmw/3-series/201728/455bhp-alpina-b3-touring-priced-from-ps67950
BMW 3 Series

455bhp Alpina B3 Touring priced from £67,950

4 Feb 2020

Most Popular

Visit/ferrari/203127/ferrari-omologata-revealed-latest-bespoke-commission-a-v12-super-coupe
Ferrari

Ferrari Omologata revealed – latest bespoke commission a V12 super coupe

One-off Ferrari Omologata revealed with bespoke body 789bhp V12 engine
25 Sep 2020
Visit/bmw/m3-saloon/20529/all-new-bmw-m3-competition-revealed-an-icon-reborn
BMW M3 saloon

All-new BMW M3 Competition revealed – an icon reborn

This is the all-new BMW M3 Competition saloon which will join the M4 Competition coupe in BMW M’s new M3/4 family
23 Sep 2020
Visit/peugeot/508/22305/2020-peugeot-508-sport-engineered-unveiled-bmw-3-series-rival-turned-to-355bhp
Peugeot 508

2020 Peugeot 508 Sport Engineered unveiled – BMW 3-series rival turned to 355bhp

Peugeot’s first Sport Engineering model has finally been uncovered, the hot 508 featuring a range-topping hybrid powertrain
24 Sep 2020
Visit/hyundai/202950/updated-hyundai-i30-n-revealed-with-optional-dual-clutch-box
Hyundai i30 N

Updated Hyundai i30 N revealed with optional dual-clutch ‘box

It was the hot hatch that upset the status quo, and now the i30 N is back with more power and tech
24 Sep 2020