This isn’t the first time we’re seeing the G21 BMW 3 Series Touring, as several spy videos and photos have already surfaced. However, we’re now seeing the BMW M34oi Touring specifically and it’s very exciting.
In this new video from Automotive Mike, we get to see the M340i Touring up close and it’s a car every BMW enthusiast should be jazzed about. I must admit that, personally, I wasn’t too excited about the M340i when I first saw it. I thought it looked too funky and that it would be just a fast, soft 3 Series, similar to what the M550i is for the 5 Series. However, I was happily mistaken, as the M340i proved to be a playful and exciting driver’s car on track.
I also recently spoke about how the BMW M340i is the first M Performance car to make me second-guess buying an M car. While the new G80 BMW M3 hasn’t even been revealed yet, the M340i is so good I don’t think I’d ever need more. So throw in the fact that there will be a wagon version, which the proper M3 won’t have, and you have a near-perfect daily driver.
We can see in this video that it looks great, better than the BMW M340i sedan in our opinion, and it sounds great as well. That B58 3.0 liter inline-six makes 340 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque in Europe but a very healthy 382 hp (and the same torque) in the US. Now, we’ve heard that America won’t be getting the G21 3 Series Touring, so I guess that’s the trade off we get for having the more powerful engine.
Still, those Euro-spec power figures are great and make the M Performance 3er an absolute riot to drive. Combine that with wagon practicality and all-weather all-wheel drive capability and you have yourself a near-perfect everyday car. We can’t wait.