[VIDEO] BMW M340i Dominates in Three-Way Drag Race

In the wide variety that BMW offers for the 3 Series, we still think the M340i is the sweet spot. It avoids the steep price of the M3 and its enormous kidneys while striking the ideal mix between luxury and performance. The Touring model would be our favourite of the lineup. However, the elegant performance wagon is regrettably unavailable in the United States.

The Life Cycle Impulse gets the main spot in a new drag race. In this video, the M340i xDrive model competes against two other performance sedans. The Genesis G70 3.3T and Cadillac CT5-V have V6 engines with 3.3-litre and 3.0-litre displacements, in contrast to the M340i’s inline-six engine. All three vehicles have automatic transmissions and weigh under 4,000 pounds (1,800 kilograms). The Cadillac has a 10-speed ‘box, while the BMW and Genesis both have an eight-speed one.

The M340i has 382 horsepower and is the most powerful of the three. It’s followed by the G70’s 365 horsepower and the CT5-V’s 360 horsepower. BMW is renowned for undervaluing its engines, and the B58 is a prime example. The Bavarian sports sedan offers the most negligible torque out of the trio. At least on paper, that is.

Despite the numbers, it shouldn’t be surprising that the M Performance 3 Series Sedan easily defeated the two sporty luxury cars without exerting any effort. It started the drag race quickly and never worried about losing first place. The next drag race was much of the same, with the M340i easily taking first place once more.

Another victory was achieved in the roll race from 32 mph (50 km/h), and the distance between first and second place was comparable. The roll race from 50 mph (80 km/h) was considerably tighter, but the BMW won once more. Even if the results of these acceleration tests may have been expected, they are a valuable reminder of the B58’s outstanding performance.

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