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Old 24th February 2021, 17:11   #106
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If Mercedes launches the A35 AMG at the expected price of 60L ex-showroom, then they will have a hard time. At around 65L ex-showroom the M340i makes a strong case for itself against the A35 ( 3.0 litre 355 hp vs 2.0 litre 306 hp, Longitudinal mounted engine vs transverse mounted engine)
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If I may add -
A35 AMG and M340i are absolutely from two different segments. Yes prices may be similar, but if a buyer wants huge tuning potential with rear based awd system, they would go for M340i. A35 is good but I don't think it will be valued anymore in our country, there are far more practical fast sedans available now.

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This is a car I have been itching to drive, and now finally after not one, but two test drives, here are my thoughts:

The test car we have here has some MPerformance bits added and looks very cool, but that front splitter is an absolute no-go in our conditions.

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Pros:
  • Outstanding engine and gearbox, perfectly tuned and flawless power delivery. BMW is leagues ahead of the other two Germans when it comes to engines and gearbox tuning.
  • Dynamically engaging with fantastic steering feel
  • Great build quality and pretty feature loaded.

Cons:
  • Sports Seats aren’t that comfortable, will surely tell on long drives.
  • Drab looking interior trim, if it was full black it might have added to the sporty look, but this grey look is dull. I actually wished they kept the same interior and seats as the 330i MSport.
  • MSport suspension on the stiffer side and skittish on undulating roads. High speed stability on highways was not confidence inspiring as every time you go over road joints etc, it could throw around the passengers. Not ideal if you want this to do family duties. The added weight of the Xdrive was clearly felt, it didn’t seem as light on its feet as I had expected.

Summary:

Fantastic power and handling but practicality and comfort are severely compromised.

Additionally, VS M2C:

Straight-line speed and acceleration, not a huge difference unless you are launching where the XDrive will help take off faster, but rolling the M2C will easily pull ahead. But the way the power is delivered is different, with the M2C you feel it in an exhilarating manner. Once you start cutting through some highway traffic and take a few turns the difference is huge, the M2C is so much lighter in feel and so much sharper, its a completely different driving experience. Plus the DCT on the M2C is another dimension. Normally comparing these two would not be fair but in India seems like a few people are trying to choose between the two.

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I am one of those crazy people who is comparing the two !

But honestly this will be a step-up for me from a 530d and a step-down for you from an M2. So other than the possibly stiff ride for daily use I am really really looking forward to each and every aspect of the car! Let's hope that dampers can be upgraded to adaptive ones post delivery and that will take care of what remains a stellar package at this price point.


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This is a car I have been itching to drive, and now finally after not one, but two test drives, here are my thoughts:

The test car we have here has some MPerformance bits added and looks very cool, but that front splitter is an absolute no-go in our conditions.

Fantastic power and handling but practicality and comfort are severely compromised.

Straight-line speed and acceleration, not a huge difference unless you are launching where the XDrive will help take off faster, but rolling the M2C will easily pull ahead. But the way the power is delivered is different, with the M2C you feel it in an exhilarating manner. Once you start cutting through some highway traffic and take a few turns the difference is huge, the M2C is so much lighter in feel and so much sharper, its a completely different driving experience. Plus the DCT on the M2C is another dimension. Normally comparing these two would not be fair but in India seems like a few people are trying to choose between the two.

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I am one of those crazy people who is comparing the two !

Let's hope that dampers can be upgraded to adaptive ones post delivery and that will take care of what remains a stellar package at this price point.
Haha, can sense your mounting excitement and look forward to both your and Karan's deliveries.

By the way, can you at all modify from the non-adaptive dampers to the adaptive ones? I would have thought it needs major ECM coding apart from changing related wiring bits and pieces because the dampers are electronically controlled.

Purely academic curiosity.
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By the way, can you at all modify from the non-adaptive dampers to the adaptive ones? I would have thought it needs major ECM coding apart from changing related wiring bits and pieces because the dampers are electronically controlled.

Purely academic curiosity.
It would require all the things you mentioned and probably a few more but it should be possible if it is available as an option from factory. Could be cost prohibitive but still possible. KW makes aftermarket adaptive height adjustable suspension for many models too which can be another option.
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Adaptive Dampers can only be aftermarket ones. Factory options won't be offered and retrofitting a factory system after delivery won't be practically possible.
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I am one of those crazy people who is comparing the two !

But honestly this will be a step-up for me from a 530d and a step-down for you from an M2. So other than the possibly stiff ride for daily use I am really really looking forward to each and every aspect of the car! Let's hope that dampers can be upgraded to adaptive ones post delivery and that will take care of what remains a stellar package at this price point.
530D is honestly a tough act to follow as an all rounder.

A suspension upgrade that suits our roads should be a top priority for future 340i owners in my opinion. Something like the KW Street Comfort would have been ideal but Iím not sure if that model is offered on the 340i. I have it on my vRS and itís fantastic on our roads.
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530D is honestly a tough act to follow as an all rounder.
To be perfectly honest I always found the F10 to be too soft and yet not ultra comfortable in city. Sharper bumps would catch it out and yet it felt a bit too soft for the amount of power it had to put down.

When I compared the M340i to it I found the M340i to have a more compact exterior and yet identical levels of interior space for 4 adults. Feels more nimble on its feet and definitely stiffer. Although the one I drove had 19 inch wheels with Pirelli rubber.

The B58 is definitely a big plus over the F10's inline 6 diesel. The M340i loaded to the gills with kit ! Specially the laser lights are a big plus. Hence, other than the ride which hopefully can be improved with aftermarket dampers it will be a definite step up for me !
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To be perfectly honest I always found the F10 to be too soft and yet not ultra comfortable in city. Sharper bumps would catch it out and yet it felt a bit too soft for the amount of power it had to put down.

When I compared the M340i to it I found the M340i to have a more compact exterior and yet identical levels of interior space for 4 adults. Feels more nimble on its feet and definitely stiffer. Although the one I drove had 19 inch wheels with Pirelli rubber.

The B58 is definitely a big plus over the F10's inline 6 diesel. The M340i loaded to the gills with kit ! Specially the laser lights are a big plus. Hence, other than the ride which hopefully can be improved with aftermarket dampers it will be a definite step up for me !
Yeah the G series 530D addressed some of that. The engine and gearbox on the 340i is a bomb package for sure. Youíre in for a treat in that regard!
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In continuation of my post #85 I am happy to say that I have ordered a new set of 19" 792M Alloy Wheels for my M340i

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In continuation of my post #85 I am happy to say that I have ordered a new set of 19" 792M Alloy Wheels for my M340i

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Stunning! From BMW India themselves or authorized importer etc.? Will really complement the looks.

If you don't mind me asking, what is the ballpark price? And what tyres will you go for given the import restrictions?
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Congrats, Karan; Looking forward!
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Ordered through the dealership.
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Not sure yet, still working out that deal. Will keep you all updated.
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And what tyres will you go for given the import restrictions?
Working out a few options, will get clear in the coming days

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From BMW India themselves or authorized importer etc.? Will really complement the looks.
Official dealerships charge a lot unless you have special relations like Karan

One of my knowns asked me to veto a deal he has negotiated for 220-D, being Sunday, I went to the dealership and somehow convinced him to instead order the M340 Let's see how it progress.

One thing is sure, dealerships here in North are slow, or should I say, there are fewer customers with interests for such sleeper cars, maybe they need more flashier designs to justify the additional monies.

I checked some wheel options with my regular guy and this is what he quoted me.

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Wheels 10-12 days lead time

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The website has finally been updated;

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