In the array of options in the model lineup, the 335is is likely to remain a niche member, but it does everything it sets out to do and sacrifices remarkably little to get there. I also show the engine and the details of it, start it up and see how it sounds under acceleration. We experienced a 2011 model with the Sport package on road and racetrack, where it showed strong brakes and excellent body control and chassis balance. The front bumper flanks a lower air dam with larger openings, designed to feed air to an additional radiator on the driver side. Called the N55, this inline six-cylinder engine uses a single, twin-scroll turbocharger, as opposed to the twin-turbocharged N54 engine that still powers the 335is. The top speed for the 2011 is 130 mph on regular models and 150 mph on cars equipped with the Sport package.
For more info on this car as well as others visit www. The quarter-mile flew by in 13. The 2011 335i sedan—and the coupe and the convertible—are hitting showrooms right now. How Does It Stack Up? The 335is combines outstanding performance with surprising livability, and the whole package is good enough to justify its high price — for those few who choose to pay it, anyway. Not a huge difference, but apparently enough to make a special edition out of it.
With this increase, the sprint from 0-60 mph can be made 0. The 3 Series lineup also includes the entry-level 328i and a diesel-powered 335d. The Infiniti G37 has come close, making up more ground in value than in performance, but only the 2010 Audi S4 has been able to in a comparison test. So did I, until I drove it. Our 2011 335i was just as quick as the twin-turbo car, reaching 60 mph in the same sprightly 4. The new Performance Edition standard pictured will feature a boost in power and some distinguishing characteristics. You feel bumps on the highway, but the suspension takes the edge off them remarkably well.
That comes in handy during those sideways moments. The 335is gets the same brakes as the 335i: large, 13. Steering weight and feedback are finely tuned, and the suspension makes the car feel glued to the road but never harsh or unsettled. Invariably, the company is pretty conservative with its claims, as we recorded 4. Goldilocks would choose the 335is, and so would we. The car rotates on its axis marvelously, with the sort of fine-tuned control that allows you to slide out the tail, tuck it back in line and fly down the road without having to practice much. Ray the owner is a down to earth guy how is willing to listen and answer any questions you have about his vehicles.
. Inside, the car received the latest version of iDrive and some improved materials. The convertible received underwhelming Marginal ratings for side impacts, but earned Good marks in front and rear tests. Depending what you get, the 3 Series can be had in sedan, wagon, coupe and convertible body styles. The steering wheel has excellent feedback and turn-in precision.
These changes have now been carried over to the coupe taillight pictured below and convertible models for the 2011 model year. The belt line adds some glossy black window trim and black mirrors, and the tail gets a lower air diffuser. Potential customers will need to know that the new package can only be combined with the 335i models carrying the must have increased top speed code 840. The 3 Series convertible, on the other hand, loses nearly 2 more inches of rear legroom. The front bumper flanks a lower air dam with larger openings, designed to feed air to an additional radiator on the driver side and an oil cooler on the passenger side. Genuine leather, heated seats and the other niceties cost more. Power remains the same: 300 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque.
Other options on both include heated seats, a Harman Kardon premium audio system, a navigation system and rear parking sensors. The 3 Series lineup also includes the entry-level 328i and a diesel-powered 335d. The 335is combines outstanding performance with surprising livability, and the whole package is good enough to justify its high price — for those few who choose to pay it, anyway. So did I, until I drove it. You can slot the lever into sixth gear at just over 30 mph, and the engine will pull cleanly and smoothly from 1200 rpm to relatively insane speeds. Handling is awesome and holds around corners.
Antilock brakes and an electronic stability system are also standard. Depending what you get, the 3 Series can be had in sedan, wagon, coupe and convertible body styles. With the announcement of the move to the single-turbo engine, enthusiasts including us cried foul. Click for a full list of safety features. The 335is has power to spare long before that mark.
Folks using the Beamer as a daily driver need not be impressed. For the 2009 model year, the sedan and wagon received a minor face lift that included new front and rear lights and a modified trunklid, grille, and front bumper. The clutch and the shifter operate in perfect harmony to provide effortless gearchanges. I suspect enough performance enthusiasts will appreciate it to warrant its addition to the 3 Series lineup. After the century mark, however, the new mill picks up steam, reaching 140 mph nearly a full second quicker. But all of that can be put to bed.