2016 BMW 340i Review

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Here’s how we see it: BMW tempered the driving character of the current 3-series in its quest for a broader audience. We’ve been vocal about this, and BMW has been listening. But maybe not closely enough. While a host of updates address some of our gripes and improve the car’s performance, the 3’s previously sublime tactility—that unquantifiable element that made these cars so engaging—remains muffled in this sixth-generation car.

The most obvious change for 2016 applies to the six-cylinder models, which are now badged 340i and feature BMW’s new B58 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six. Along with producing 320 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque—increases of 20 and 32, respectively, over the previous N55 unit—the new engine emits a sonorous exhaust note reminiscent of BMW’s naturally aspirated mills.

Paired with a six-speed manual, the B58 engine shaved a few tenths off the zero-to-60-mph time of the last manual 335i we tested, returning a 4.8-second dash.

The refinements to the F30’s chassis are more modest and include stiffer front struts, retuned rear dampers, and new programming for the electrically assisted steering. The results are incremental: The ride is slightly more composed, and improved body control makes for flatter, steadier cornering. Complete review on www.caranddriver.com, by Marc Urbano

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