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Adding all-wheel drive to a rear-drive car can create a handling deficit. This happens for a number of reasons—additional hardware on the front axle can dampen steering feel and introduce torque-steer; added weight up front can upset weight balance; and too much power sent forward can induce understeer.

These things are not problems in the 2020 BMW M340i xDrive. We drove a prototype of the highest-performing non-M3 version of the new G20-chassis 3-series at Portugal’s breathtaking Portimao circuit, and one thing is clear: BMW’s chassis-tuning division has a sense of humor.

More precisely, the head of the department, Jos van As, has a sense of humor. The giggling Dutchman led our group of M340i sedans around the track using a manual-transmission M2 Competition as a lead car. His driving style was binary, alternating between two distinct modes: either a clean, blisteringly fast line that made me work about as hard as I could to keep up with him or a slightly less-fast, completely tail-out, rear-tires-on-fire Salon de Sideways that created a smokescreen thick enough to obscure his beaming smile.

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The Dutch know how to have fun. They also know how to make a car handle, it turns out.

The G20’s all-wheel-drive system, which will be an option on North American-spec cars (we’re the only market in the world that will get a rear-drive M340i variant), is the familiar system developed by ZF to work in concert with its 8-speed automatic transmission. Nominally, the M340i is rear-drive, but as the computer commands, it can send up to half of the engine’s power to the front wheels. In addition, all M340i sedans come standard with an electronically controlled locking rear differential. READ ~ 2019 Tacoma Pro Release

To ensure that the M340i retains a rear-drive handling attitude, van As programmed the all-wheel-drive system to send power rearward on initial throttle application and then, as the traction limit is reached, to shuffle power forward. That means on the way out of a corner with stability control turned fully off, the M340i will first fling itself slightly sideways, then transition to a predictable, easy-to-manage four-wheel drift.

This all happens at a high rate of speed. The M340i is devilishly fast—its updated 3.0-liter straight-six now pumps out 382 hp and 369 lb-ft, good for a manufacturer-estimated 0-to-60-mph time of just 4.2 seconds. The delicious engine noises are muted in the cabin, ameliorated by a soundtrack from the stereo speakers that’s not quite totally natural, but certainly sends the message to its passengers that this thing means business.

The long straight-six takes up some of the space required by the new dual-pinion electrically assisted power-steering rack used in the four-cylinder 330i, so the M340i uses the old ZF APA-style rack from the last-generation F30-chassis 3-series, and the difference is immediately obvious. Though I was cautioned that some of what I felt could have been attributed to high tire temperatures from track driving (the M340i prototypes weren’t legal to drive on the street), I immediately noticed some of the on-center vagueness that plagued the last-generation car but not the new 330i. Let’s hope the hot tires were indeed responsible.

On track, the Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires provided big grip, though not quite as much midcorner stick as the M2 Competition, a pucker-inducing realization that happened on the first high-speed corner that van As took at the smaller car’s limits. As always, the Michelins demonstrate delightfully progressive breakaway characteristics, taking the anxiety out of using all the available grip. The M340i’s chassis balance is superb, rotating on the way into a corner with exactly the right amount of understeer, and then transitioning to oversteer on throttle.

That transition happens with far less gas-pedal travel than you’d expect—then again, this new non-M3 makes about twice as much power as the original M3 did. All of those horses assaulting rear tires that are already taxed to their lateral limits means they break loose with a relatively small amount of right-ankle flex. But if you trust in AWD, you know to keep your foot in it, and as sure as an Audi slides its front tires first, the BMW transitions to all-wheel-drive understeer. Kiss your silly drift good-bye and say hello to a rapidly climbing speedometer needle. The M340i is a four-wheeled rocket on the way out of a corner, just not a sideways one.

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The only improvement I could ask for is a little less pronounced shift between the initial oversteer and the power shift towards the front, and then a little more power going to the rears so that, if the driver wants to, he or she can maintain a tail-out slide on the way out of the corner. Then, the Bimmer would be a little less Audi on the way out of a corner and a little more Nissan GT-R.

Then again, if sideways is what you want, that’s what the rear-drive M340i is for.

The best value in Bmw M340I Price is a base model with manual gearbox, but it’s still decently priced after adding fancy audio, leather, and a moonroof.

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