BMW 340i Planned Amid Model Name Update

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BMW 340i Planned Amid Model Name Update
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As if BMW‘s lineup isn’t confusing enough, the German automaker may be changing things up again.

According to a recent forum post, the facelifted 3 Series and 4 Series models will bring about changes to the model names with the 328i and 428i becoming 330i and 430i while the 335i and 435i will become the 340i and 440i. Reason being, when the facelifted models debut later this year, they will also feature updated powerplants from the German automaker.

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Currently, the 328i and 428i are powered by what’s known as the N20 powerplant (2.0-liter turbocharged four cylinder), but the new model will boast a B48 engine. The 335i and 435i, which feature the N55 (3.0-liter turbocharged six cylinder), will then have a B58 under the hood. While it’s unclear whether the new engines will bring additional performance, it is likely the six-cylinder variants will benefit from a 10 to 15 percent increase in horsepower.

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[Source: Bimmerpost]

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  • Rickers

    340… I like the sound of that!

  • smartacus

    why stop there? How about 350 and 360?

  • smartacus

    Because 350 is an LT-1 and 360 is a Ferrari

  • MarleyBob

    Now just make a 420 and everything will be irie!

  • TerminatorX5

    They always went by the body series – 3, 5, 7, Z, X…. there were rather rare 6 and 8, and the notion was that odd numbered models are 4-doors, and even numbered ones are 2-doors… so, the 1, 3, 5 and 7 are 4 door cars, and 2, 4, 6 and old 8 are 2-doors… then they had roadsters, the Z, and the SUV (SAV), which are X… recently they introduced GT versions (rather odd balls…) the next two numbers roughly gave an idea of an engine displacement, in older models the value was better matched to actual size of the engine… so, a 320, or a 520 would have a 4-cylinder 2.0 liter engine, while 540 or 740 would have a V8 4-liter… (actually, 4.4 liters, but that number was rounded down to 4 in cars, and was stated as 4.4 on the X5)… the 750 and new 760 are 5-liter and 6-liter V12… and of course, the M Gmbh – those are totally different beasts… hand-built engines… fine-tunes suspensions…

    oh, and don’t forget the exotics.. like Z8.. or Z1… or the Nazca… so, the name change is nothing new…