New BMW 3 Se­ries Sports Saloon is pick­ing up speed

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - MOTORING EXTRA 2018 -

THE new BMW 3 Se­ries Sports Saloon – the M340i xDrive - is pick­ing up more speed on its way to its mar­ket launch in the spring of 2019.

The BMW M340i xDrive Sedan, pow­ered by a newly de­vel­oped straight six-cylin­der petrol en­gine with 374 hp, de­liv­ers com­bined fuel con­sump­tion

7.5 l/100 km with com­bined

CO2 emis­sions: 172 g/km.

To­gether, high en­gine per­for­mance, M-spe­cific sus­pen­sion tech­nol­ogy and in­tel­li­gent four-wheel drive pro­vide for out­stand­ing driv­ing dy­nam­ics that are un­par­al­leled in the mid­size seg­ment. The ex­cep­tional sporty char­ac­ter is un­der­scored by model-spe­cific de­sign and equip­ment fea­tures. The Los An­ge­les Auto Show, which runs from Novem­ber 30 to De­cem­ber 9, will serve as the set­ting for the world pre­miere of the new model with mar­ket in the USA in July 2019, fol­lowed by Europe in July.

Ac­cel­er­a­tion, cor­ner­ing dy­nam­ics, agility, pre­ci­sion, brak­ing – the BMW M340i xDrive is set­ting new bench­marks in all ar­eas rel­e­vant to driv­ing dy­nam­ics. It makes con­sis­tent use in par­tic­u­lar of the ve­hi­cle con­cept of the BMW 3 Se­ries , which is ori­ented to­wards sport­ing driv­ing plea­sure and com­prises a low cen­tre of grav­ity, op­ti­mised weight, well-bal­anced axle load distri­bu­tion as well as in­creased

body rigid­ity and up­rated sus­pen­sion mount­ings. More­over, the sus­pen­sion tech­nol­ogy and aero­dy­nam­ics are pre­cisely tuned to the new power unit’s high per­for­mance char­ac­ter­is­tics. In ad­di­tion, the M Sport sus­pen­sion, vari­able sports steer­ing, an M Sport dif­fer­en­tial, the M Sport brake sys­tem and 18-inch M light al­loy wheels with mixed tyres are all stan­dard equip­ment fea­tures for the BMW M340i xDrive .

The power plant de­vel­oped for the BMW M340i xDrive raises the ve­hi­cle’s char­ac­ter­is­tics in ar­eas of per­for­mance, re­sponse, revving power, run­ning smooth­ness and ef­fi­ciency, so typ­i­cal of BMW straight six-cylin­der en­gines, to a new level. The 3-litre en­gine fea­tures

an alu­minium crank­case and an alu­minium cylin­der head. The tur­bocharg­ing sys­tem, which was con­structed ac­cord­ing to the TwinScroll prin­ci­ple, has also been re­de­vel­oped. The in­te­gra­tion of the com­pact steel ex­haust man­i­fold and tur­bocharger ef­fec­tu­ates rapid boost pres­sure de­vel­op­ment. A mass mo­ment of in­er­tia re­duced by around 25 per­cent en­hances tur­bine re­sponse and a wide open­ing, elec­tri­cally con­trolled waste gate con­trib­utes to­wards bet­ter emis­sion val­ues. Fuel sup­ply is per­formed by means of High Pre­ci­sion In­jec­tion tech­nol­ogy, the in­jec­tors of which now op­er­ate at an in­jec­tion pres­sure in­creased to up to 350 bar. The cur­rent ver­sion of M

TwinPower Turbo tech­nol­ogy is com­ple­mented by fully vari­able valve con­trol VAL­VETRONIC and vari­able camshaft con­trol Dou­ble VANOS.

The drive tech­nol­ogy, which has been ex­ten­sively re­de­vel­oped and nu­mer­ous de­tails of which have been com­pletely re­newed, pro­vides the six-cylin­der with an in­crease in out­put by 35 kW/48 hp to 275 kW/374 hp vs. the most pow­er­ful en­gine pre­vi­ously used for the BMW 3 Se­ries, as well as an in­crease in max­i­mum torque by 50 Nm to 500 Nm. As a re­sult, the car has also clearly gained in sport­ing prow­ess. The BMW M340i xDrive com­pletes the sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.4 sec­onds – half a sec­ond faster than the top-of-the-range model of the pre­vi­ous

gen­er­a­tion of the BMW 3 Se­ries Sedan. Power de­vel­op­ment and speed in­crease are ac­com­pa­nied by the char­ac­ter­is­tic sound of the straight six-cylin­der en­gine, which has gained ad­di­tional pres­ence thanks to the M Sport ex­haust unit. Above all in the SPORT and SPORT+ modes, which can be ac­ti­vated via the Driv­ing Ex­pe­ri­ence Con­trol switch, the valve-con­trolled ex­haust sys­tem gen­er­ates a par­tic­u­larly dis­tinc­tive sound. The sound de­vel­op­ment that ac­com­pa­nies the en­gine’s dy­namic power de­liv­ery is also in­ten­sively per­cep­ti­ble in­side the BMW M340i xDrive . The dual-pipe M Sport ex­haust sys­tem is fit­ted with two petrol par­tic­u­late fil­ters, en­abling the BMW M340i xDrive to meet the re­quire­ments of the Euro 6d-TEMP emis­sions stan­dard­S­tan­dard fea­tures: 8-speed Step­tronic sports trans­mis­sion and BMW xDrive with rear-wheel bias. The BMW M340i xDrive Saloon comes as stan­dard with the 8-speed Step­tronic sports trans­mis­sion of the lat­est gen­er­a­tion, which is char­ac­terised, amongst other things, by an op­ti­mised hy­draulic con­trol sys­tem and ex­cep­tion­ally high shift­ing dy­nam­ics. Short ra­tios for the lower gears im­prove ac­cel­er­a­tion and the Launch Con­trol func­tion can be used for ac­cel­er­at­ing with max­i­mum dy­nam­ics from a stand­still. Shift pad­dles on the steer­ing wheel fa­cil­i­tate man­ual gear se­lec­tion at any time.

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