BMW’s new 340i realizes Wards 10 Best Engine trophy
The new 2016 BMW 340i is an important vehicle in the BMW lineup and is the top global seller for the brand. It should stay the number one seller in the lineup and jut received a trophy from Wards Auto. It makes Wards Auto 10 Best Engine 2016 list.
The new 2016 3-Series which launched this year, gets a freshened exterior and updated interior styling. But it was the new 3.0-liter B58 Inline-6 cylinder engine that was the big news for the BMW 3 Series. The new B58 comes in the 340i, where it replaces the previous-generation N55 engine found in the 335i. The old powerplant was a 3-time Ward’s 10 Best Engines winner.
The new B58 Inline-6 cylinder is even better than its predecessor and wins Wards Auto 10 Best Engine 2016 list. The new TwinPower Turbo engine in the 340i offers outstanding performance. The twin-scroll turbocharged engine produces 320 hp and 332 lb.-ft. (450 Nm) of torque. This represents an improvement of 20 hp and 32 lb.-ft. (43 Nm) of torque compared to the 2015 model. The 340i will launch from 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds.
The all-aluminum 3.0-liter DOHC I-6 with direct injection has equally impressive fuel efficiency compared to its predecessor. The new 2016 340i is 10 percent more fuel-efficient at 22/33 mpg (10.7-7.3L/100 km) city/highway according to BMW. It features 11:1 compression and can be mated to an 8-speed automatic with steering wheel paddle shifters. It also comes with a 6-speed manual gearbox as a no-cost option.
Wards tested the new 2016 BMW 340i in Mexico’s Copper Canyon and they liked the new powerplant so much, it makes their 10 Best Engine 2016 list. Wards Auto says, “Though the engine can feel briefly flat at launch, it takes barely a heartbeat for the twin-scroll turbo to catch its breath and launch the sedan with authority. At 2,200 rpm, the tachometer takes a sudden jump past 3,000 and the engine never stops pulling until it hits redline.”
Media source: Wards Auto