The real difference came in mileage. The coupe was introduced in 2006 and the convertible was introduced in 2007. The rear suspension is a steel 5-link. Like other 3 Series convertibles, the droptop 335is lacks curtain airbags, but its seat-mounted side airbags extend higher for head protection. Otherwise, cabin materials aren't anything special; in this segment, Cadillac and Audi have better overall quality inside. Compared with previous generations of 3 Series, the coupé has more external styling differences to the sedan models. 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.
The E93's side windows are 30 percent larger than its E46 convertible predecessor, resulting in a 38 percent increase in visibility. But there are many drivers who don't want to wring their cars out to 8,000 rpm for maximum performance, and the 335is offers them a different flavor. Styling changes included front and rear bumpers, wing mirrors, headlights, taillights, boot lid, wider kidney grilles and revised crease lines for the bonnet. How Does It Stack Up?. The 3 Series lineup also includes the entry-level 328i and a diesel-powered 335d. The Inside Little has changed inside the 3 Series over the past few years.
But all of that can be put to bed. The 335i models were the first time a 3 Series was sold with a petrol engine. Invariably, the company is pretty conservative with its claims, as we recorded 4. Our observed figure improved even further, from 18 mpg overall in the 2007 model to 21 in the 2011. Click for a full list of safety features. Depending what you get, the 3 Series can be had in sedan, wagon, coupe and convertible body styles. While the M3's normally aspirated, 414-hp V-8 packs explosive acceleration at higher revs — and in absolute terms it's significantly quicker — its comparatively modest 295 pounds-feet of torque means it doesn't get cooking until the tach needle swings past 3,000 rpm.
World Car of the Year Awards. Released in 2007, it uses the naturally aspirated V8 engine and was produced in sedan, coupe and convertible body styles. Unlike the coupe, it's cramped in there. With short throws and precise engagements, the 335is' shifter is a lot of fun to send from one gear to the next. 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. For a fresher look that falls short of a full redesign, it gets the job done. In 2002, and Development Chief Burkhard Goeschel started an initiative to halve the time it took to reach full production of the next generation 3 Series from six months to three.
The clutch and the shifter operate in perfect harmony to provide effortless gearchanges. 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. Genuine leather, heated seats and the other niceties cost more. After the century mark, however, the new mill picks up steam, reaching 140 mph nearly a full second quicker. Inside, the car received the latest version of iDrive and some improved materials. Some may find the highly bolstered sport seats in the 335is constraining, and their manually adjustable thigh supports leave a gap in the seat cushions that's certain to attract crumbs and loose change.
You feel bumps on the highway, but the suspension takes the edge off them remarkably well. The belt line adds some glossy black window trim and black mirrors, and the tail gets a lower air diffuser. The E93 was one of first retractable hardtops in its price range. 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. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, and that's what we tested. The 2011 version improves to 19 and 28.
While the 3 Series sedan has a rather cramped backseat for its league, the coupe's thankfully doesn't sacrifice much more space; headroom and legroom decrease less than an inch apiece, making it fairly roomy, as coupes go. Eighteen-inch wheels replace the coupe's standard 17-inchers; 19s are optional. As the chassis remains unchanged, dynamic performance is identical to that of the previous car. The 2011 335i sedan—and the coupe and the convertible—are hitting showrooms right now. It's not inexpensive, and at its performance limits it behaves more like a 335i than an M3. 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. We also found the turbo six to be even more eager than the outgoing unit.
Our 2011 335i was just as quick as the twin-turbo car, reaching 60 mph in the same sprightly 4. The new xDrive models received xDrive badges on the bumper and both the right and left sides right below the side marker lamps. All the primary controls on the 335i share a similar heft and feel, and the six-speed manual is precise and pleasing. That comes in handy during those sideways moments. I suspect enough performance enthusiasts will appreciate it to warrant its addition to the 3 Series lineup.
Just like the old N54 engine, the N55 is as smooth as single malt, makes a sweet sound, and is plenty powerful. Archived from on 26 August 2010. So did I, until I drove it. It slots between that car and the top-dog M3, but it's closer to the 335i in terms of handling and acceleration. Back in 2007, a twin-turbo coupe managed 0 to 60 in 4.