BMW debuted the 3 Series LCI, with the iDrive 8 being the most notable new feature. That’s because the appearance hasn’t altered much, except from sharper-looking headlamps and minor bumper adjustments. However, there is one change that has yet to be addressed: the carbon fiber roof of the M340i and M340d sedan body styles.
Indeed, the M Performance version of the 3 Series will be available at an extra cost in Germany, with a carbon-fiber roof priced at €2,800. It’s seen here in a new walkaround video of the facelifted M340i sedan in Frozen Pure Grey II Individual paint. We may also see the M3-inspired side mirror caps and chrome badging instead of Cerium Gray.
Because we’re looking at a M Performance vehicle built in 2022, the M340i Sedan has the classic BMW Motorsport badges that are only available this year. Another thing you may have noticed is the lack of an xDrive insignia on the left side of the trunk lid. To some extent, this move makes sense given that the M340i and M340d are both available only with all-wheel drive.
Additional adjustments have been made within the interior as a result of the conversion to the most recent infotainment system. The dashboard has been streamlined by removing the temperature control buttons, which have been incorporated into the 14.9-inch touchscreen. Furthermore, the cumbersome lever of the automatic gearbox is no longer in use.
BMW engineers have not changed the combustion engine, but the B58 now has a mild-hybrid 48V system. The turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six continues to produce 374 horsepower and 500 Newton-meters (369 pound-feet) of torque, while the e-motor adds 11 hp for a limited time. The LCI comes standard with an eight-speed Steptronic transmission with paddle shifters placed on the steering wheel, while the M Performance models have a Steptronic Sport transmission.
The M3 has also been upgraded for 2023, as you may have seen, although it isn’t a full-fledged LCI since just the iDrive 8 is fitted.
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