BMW m340i: A more practical M3?

As you may recall, a little while ago, I wrote about my daily driven BMW m330i M Sport, and I said that it was probably one the best all-rounder there is. Though with the newly revised and relaunched M3, which has caused quite a stir in the motoring world, both are controversial and revolutionary. The improved m340i is often regarded as a “poor man’s M3”, the question here is, though. Is it a more practical car than the M3, and is it still regarded as the “poor man’s M3”?


When going for performance figures, the m340i is equipped with the same engine found in the M3. Though a bit tamer with the 3.0-litre inline-six producing 382 bhp and 369 lb-ft of torque compared to the M3’s 510 bhp and 650 lb-ft of torque. The m340i goes from 0-62 mph in around 4.2 seconds, a tad bit slower than the M3, which accelerates to 60 mph in under 3.5 seconds. However, this does mean that the m340i has more practical usage of power. I mean by this is, the more power a car has, the less you will use it and unleash its full potential. Also, the added benefit of 4 wheel drive in m340i means that you get better traction and more of a real-world element of practicality, safety and usage.

The exterior in the m340i is a lot tamer and less in your face than the M3. However, I prefer the discrete look of the m340i. Take off the M badges, and it is a wolf in sheep’s clothing; no one would ever expect that the car you’re driving has a powerhouse of an engine under the hood. Along with that BMW’s iconic inline six-cylinder sound emitting from the back, it is the ideal car for any person who wants a perfectly well-balanced machine. Tied with the four-wheel-drive system that comes as standard, and you are looking at the perfect daily driver, yeah, you might not get as many heads turning, but at least you know that the car you’re sitting in will beat almost anything at the lights. I’m a sucker for cars that are fast but don’t look like it is, cosmetically speaking the m340i looks more or the less the same as the 330i I drove a little while back; and it’s that feeling of knowing the potential you have under your right foot appeals to me.


The interior remains more or less unchanged as the one found in the 330i M Sport and a lot more toned down than the one in the M3. However, I do instead prefer the M3 interior. Its more unique, aggressive and overall has a better interior feel. Plus, the optional carbon fibre seats in the M3 are just gorgeous and to die for. Though I’m sure if you haggle with BMW, they’ll be able to fit those in for you, though as I mentioned before, the infotainment display and instrument cluster in the BMW is probably one of the best in the business right now. Simple, straightforward and very easy to use with many fancy gimmicks and uses such as gesture control.

To sum it all up, though, the BMW m340i costs over twenty grand cheaper than the M3. Starting price for the M3 is £76,000, whereas a fully specced m340i costs around £56,000. It genuinely is a no brainer, and if you want to get more power out of your m340i, pay a couple of hundred quid for a race chip unit, and you’ve got more or the less the same power output as the M3. Though, as I mentioned earlier, the m340i provides real-world benefits four-wheel drive, and you have more potential use of its power. Of course, it might not be so good around a race track or turn as many heads as the M3 would. Still, for a proper driving machine with real-world practicalities, I say look no further, and this is the ultimate daily driver currently available on the market so far. As the m340i is no longer a poor man’s M3, it is an entirely different class of its own.



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