BMW expands availability of the carbon roof, but you still can’t have it on mundane 3 and 4 Series models

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BMW announced a series of new features and drivetrains for the 3 Series and 4 Series models, including an optional M Carbon roof. Previously offered only on the range-topping M3 and M4 models, the carbon-fiber roof is no offered on lower-tier versions of the compact. Specifically, you can order it on the gas-powered M340i xDrive and M440i xDrive, as well as on the diesel-fed M340d xDrive and M440d xDrive variants.

The carbon-fiber roof enhances performance and improves the looks

BMW Now Offers A Carbon Fiber Roof on the 3 Series and 4 Series
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Originally introduced back in 2003 on the E46-generation M3 CSL, the carbon roof has been offered on all M3 and M4 models since then. The panel’s main purpose is to reduce weight and lower the car’s center of gravity, but it also improves the vehicle’s appearance, giving it a race-inspired look. The carbon roof has been standard on the M3 since the E92 generation, and it’s also part of the M8 and M5 package. It should be noted that getting the CFRP roof means that you can’t have a sunroof.

The M340i and M440i models that benefit from the new option feature a turbocharged, 3.0-liter inline-six engine with 382 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. The diesel versions, the M340d and M440d, are powered by a turbo, 3.0-liter inline-six good for 335 horses and 516 pound-feet of torque. Lower-end variants of the 3 Series and 4 Series can’t be equipped with the carbon roof, so the panel is still somewhat restricted to M-badged cars.

BMW M8 now available with M Carbon bucket seats

BMW Now Offers A Carbon Fiber Roof on the 3 Series and 4 Series
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The big M8 is also available with extra goodies now, in the form of M Carbon bucket seats. Offered on Competition versions of the coupe, convertible, and Gran Coupe, the CFRP seats offer enhanced support for track use, but they’re also comfortable for long-distance traveling thanks to their adjustability. The seats are electrically adjustable for height, tilt, and forward/back positioning. They come wrapped in leather and Alcantara, they’re heated, and they feature illuminated "M8" lettering on the headrests.

New all-wheel-drive version of the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe

BMW Now Offers A Carbon Fiber Roof on the 3 Series and 4 Series
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BMW is adding a third AWD version of the 2 Series Gran Coupe. Previously only available on the 228i and M235i trims, the xDrive system can now be ordered on the 220i version too. Powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder good for 178 horsepower, the 220i xDrive hits 62 mph in 7.1 seconds. That’s a half-second quicker than the non-AWD model. As of this writing, the entry-level 218i and the diesel 220d are the only versions of the 2 Series Gran Coupe not available with an all-wheel-drive system.

Ciprian Florea
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