You cannot go wrong with any of the BMW 3 Series models; this line is one of the brand’s best-performing – and for good reason. It offers a unique blend of practicality and performance, comfort and convenience. All wrapped up in a luxurious package. While many BMW fans feel that the 3 Series stagnated in the last few years, the seventh-generation not only looks stunning, it has the performance chops you expect.
The new BMW 3 Series is visually stunning and arguably the most aggressive, athletic 3 to hit the road in a generation. Let’s look at two models, the 330i and the M340i and see how they compare:
The 330i features a turbocharged 2.0 liter inline four, producing a very respectable 225 horsepower and 294 pound-feet of torque. The M model’s turbocharged 3.0 liter inline six boosts those figures to 382 horses and 369 pound-feet of torque. It’s not just the size of the engine that differs: the M340i offers a limited slip differential for the rear axle, revamped wheel camber, and stiffer suspension (with a 0.4 inch lower ride). Aesthetically, the M340i boasts a distinctive grille.
Both the 330i and M340i are available in rear or all wheel drive and with an eight-speed automatic transmission. To get a more aggressive drive with the 330i, you can opt for the M Sport package for an additional $5200.
Which new BMW 3 Series is right for you? Most of the time, both models drive the same, offering comfort on the highway and a reassuring grip. In real-world driving conditions, the 330i and M340i acquit themselves admirably. Bottom line: it’s up to you! If you want a bit more power and aggression, the M340i is a great choice… but the 330i is no slouch either, especially with the M Sport package. Visit Braman BMW in West Palm Beach, and our team will be happy to help you make the right call for you.