Mark Jones
Road Test Editor
5 minute read
14 Feb 2020
1:20 pm

Civilised and potent side of BMW M Performance arrives

Mark Jones

M340i xDrive jumps off the line without a hint of drama and hits 100 km/h in a mere 4.64 sec, quicker than it took you to activate launch control.

BMW quietly snuck a few M Performance models into South Africa near the end of last year and we recently got two of them on test – the M340i xDrive and the X3 M40d xDrive. You could arguably say the perfect ‘‘his and hers’’ BMW garage. I threw the word ‘‘arguably’’ in there because the out-and-out power-mad would say the X3 M Competition is the perfect choice, but those of you who read my road test of the full blown X3 M a few weeks ago will know that I found this model a little flawed. And of course, the...