Twin Turbo engine is fast with loads of torque. The interior is familiar, with rich leathers and quality construction. Aside from a flexible standard stereo, cabin tech is mostly a case of pay-to-play. With this built-in safety net, I had to really try to get the tail to come out. Another option is to loose the performance and get a much more reliable 328. Pedal feel is firm with little slop, consistent with the other controls. This coupe version of the latest 3-series is roughly two inches longer and sits nearly two inches lower than the sedan, as if gravity were more attracted to the coupe than the sedan.
Both models come standard with a six-speed manual gearbox for the pure driving enthusiast. Spring and shock rates are tautened accordingly, acting on a MacPherson-strut front suspension worth a peek on hands and knees to see the slender aluminum lower links and a multilink setup at the rear. The flare of the fender around the wheel also serves to give the character line extra tension in both an upward and outward direction. Excepting one occasion on which we pushed the car past its 7,000rpm redline whoops , the 335i handed everything we threw at it and every bend that we threw it into. The only caveat for track use is that when the 335i's stability-and-traction-control system is turned off, the open differential sends power to the tire with the least traction, leading to time-consuming wheelspin.
Concerns about turbo lag and poor fuel economy have meant that forced induction is a rare commodity outside of diesel cars nowadays. The suspension is basically identical to the sedan's setup but the tuning has been optimized for the Coupe. The conversation was very short. When ordered with the sport package you also get paddles behind the thick, well-padded steering wheel, with rev-matching downshifts. The 335i's auto seat-belt presenter deploys to serve driver and front passenger with their restraints. On the road, this power and torque result in outstanding performance.
That's a fair fight with a. It has proven its merits, in terms of agility and safety, in the ten models currently offered with xDrive in the U. Inline six-cylinder engines enter new dimensions of performance. Dry Braking, in turn, optimizes brake performance in the wet by using the brake pads to periodically dry the brake discs. We found the autopresenter a novelty, then a pain, then a useful feature: it takes some time to quell the reflex urge to reach around and grab the belt manually--a course of action that is sure to result in the belt becoming detached from the arm, and so completely out of reach.
The side surfacing works better on the coupe than the sedan and ends in an attractive thin strip of taillamps, uneven between the rear fenders and the trunk because of the backup lights, just like the 7 Series face-lift. Selecting the optional Cold Weather Package adds a trunk pass-thru for greater cargo-carrying flexibility. With a nice round 300 bhp and a like amount of torque from 2979 cc, it falls squarely between the 3 Series bookends whose respective outputs are 230 bhp and most likely 400 bhp for the upcoming V-8-powered M3. After offering the belt for about 10 seconds, the arm retracts, irrespective of whether the belt has been taken or not. Want to tighten your line? Featuring the most advanced failsafe running qualities, these tires allow the driver to continue for up to 150 miles even under complete loss of pressure.
As the sill line, by contrast, moves up slightly to the rear in a slow and gentle curve, the distance between the character and sill lines becomes smaller around the rear wheel arches. Both sizes are no-spare run-flats, and their stiff sidewalls allowed German engineers to remain on the supple side of the ride and handling equation. It does take a lot of throttle, steering lock and lateral g-forces at once to invoke. Front passengers get dual-threshold front-impact airbags and seat-mounted side-impact airbags. Power, braking, and handling are perfectly matched to the vehicle's size and intended usage. Automotively speaking, latest gap wedge is the , a perfect fit between the solid, reasonably quick 328i and the hell-for-leather M3.
The powerdome on the hood foretells the performance potential which lies beneath. The 335i exhibits an excellent compromise of a decent ride but more-thandecent handling, with precise steering and a ready-to-attackall- corners attitude. The base six-cylinder now produces 230 horsepower versus 215 in 2006. Power, braking, and handling are perfectly matched to the vehicle's size and intended usage. Featuring two turbochargers each supplying compressed air to three cylinders, the new turbocharged engine offers a new standard of spontaneity and responsiveness. The twin turbos act in parallel, each boosting three cylinders.
Neither was available for the intro drive. The convertibles add memory to the mirrors and power to the seats. The split rear seats are reminiscent of those in the 6-series of the '70s and '80s. The light contour edge on the door and side panels, which runs from the door pillar all the way to the rear passenger area, creates a particularly warm, indirect lighting effect. Its cars are handling benchmarks in the industry, yet their compliant suspension tuning makes them comfortable for everyday driving. Even with its firm sport suspension, the 335i remains compliant and manages to avoid the M3's flinty harshness.