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Just when we finally figure out a car’s name, it changes. Take the BMW 3 Series sedan, for example. BMW abandoned the trim naming convention that relied on using an engine’s displacement size years ago. A BMW 335i does not, in fact, have a 3.5-liter engine, but rather a 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder engine. Fine, we’ve all come to accept that by now.

But wait, for 2016, 3 Series sedans powered by the turbo inline-six now adorns a 340i badge on the trunk. What gives, BMW?
Read more about the 2016 BMW 340i xDrive Review at AutoGuide.com.
 

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Welcome to the world of BMW.
I know right, gone are the 90's when numbers stood for something going on with the car directly.

These days it's all linear naming scheme's to designate a specific level of trim... and no relation to what's going on under the hood.

Too bad 40 can't stand for a 4.0L ;) Imagine that.
 

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I've read a write up that mentioned, "gaining the new “40i” nomenclature, representing the highest-spec model short of the M-car" maybe its what they're trying to show in the 3 Series too? or i may be wrong. Back then, model numbers used to correlate something.
 
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