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2020 BMW M340i xDrive Prototype on track at Algarve

We test the hotter version of BMW's new 3 Series -- the M340i xDrive -- at the Algarve International Circuit.

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Steven Ewing
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Meet the 2020 BMW M340i xDrive -- in prototype form, anyway.

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Even though the M340i officially debuted at the LA Auto Show, the cars we tested were still camouflaged. 

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The M340i is the more potent version of BMW's new 3 Series.

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You'll be able to buy the M340i with rear-wheel drive or xDrive all-wheel drive.

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While the BMW 330i uses a turbocharged I4 engine, the M340i uses a more powerful, turbocharged I6.

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An eight-speed automatic transmission handles shifting duties, and no manual option is available.

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The M340i gets an upgraded Adaptive M suspension, as well as larger brakes.

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While the 330i will compete with base versions of the Audi A4, Genesis G70 and Mercedes C-Class, the M340i will rival the Audi S4, Genesis G70 3.3T and Mercedes-AMG C43.

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The M340i will go on sale in mid-2019 as a 2020 model.

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Keep scrolling for more photos of the 2020 BMW M340i.

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