2016 BMW 340i: More Engine Than You'll Ever Need
by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on June 30, 2016
It's easy to forget that our 2016 BMW 340i has well over 300 horsepower on tap. You don't hear any roar from the exhaust when it starts, and even when you get into it on the highway it remains relatively subdued.
Don't let the silence fool you. This is a very fast sedan that could flat out embarrass cars that boast far bigger engines that make considerably more noise.
That balance of refinement and capability is one of the things that makes this 3 Series so appealing. You can drive it around town at a moderate pace and it feels like a proper luxury car. It doesn't beat you up over rough roads or feel twitchy when you're barely on the gas.
But when you get an opening and give it some pedal, this car leaps off the pavement. It's startling how fast it is at full throttle. You can't stay there long unless there's plenty of room, so most tastes of its power are short. Once you've tried it, however, you'll be looking for opportunities to hit it again. And again.
It's one of the reasons this sedan has been so popular over the years. It's comfortable when you need it be around town, yet still satisfies when you want to have a little fun.
Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 4,125 miles