BMW has taken the covers off the M340i sports sedan in full today, following the announcement of its powertrain in Paris last month.

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The M340i is the German marque’s first ‘M Performance’ branded 3 Series model, and will serve as the flagship of the 3er range until the hi-po M3 is unveiled at the Frankfurt motor show in late 2019.

Under the bonnet is a familiar 3.0-litre turbocharged inline-six, which produces 275kW of power and 500Nm of torque. When connected to an eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox and the xDrive all-wheel-drive system, it can sprint to 100km/h from a standstill in 4.4 seconds the US will also receive a rear-wheel-drive version, but no 0-100 figures have been claimed for it.

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Other drivetrain components available on the M340i include 10mm lower sports suspension (or optional adaptive M suspension), adaptive sports steering, 18-inch alloy wheels, M Sport brakes and an M Sport differential.

Visually, it gets an M Sport body kit with a new grille and satin gold accents to replace the existing silver pieces. Inside, there are sports seats trimmed in leather and Alcantara – full leather seats with colour contrast stitching can be optioned.

The BMW M340i will arrive in Australian showrooms in the second half of 2019, following its physical debut at the Los Angeles auto show later this month.

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