• Sep 26, 2006
Hot on the heels of our report that the new-for-'07 BMW 335i may in fact be producing slightly more than its advertised 300 hp, we get word from Car and Driver that the sedan version of the car will lay down a 0-60 time under 5 seconds. They managed a 4.8 to be exact on their way to a quarter in 13.5 seconds at 106 mph. In case you aren't paying close attention, that's what the current M3 does. And with 3,600 pounds to tote around, we suspect that the horsepower from that turbo six is probably closer to the M3's 333 than to 300.

C and D also mentions a lack of lag and terrific torque from the twin-turbo unit to go along with "smooth ride quality, right-now responses, laser-precise steering, powerful, [and] fade-free braking." Exactly what we've come to expect from the Ultimate Driving Machinists from Bavaria. And with a base price significantly lower than the M3 (and the 335i Coupe for that matter) at just under 40 grand, this has all the markings of a stealth steal. Good thing the new M3 is packing a V8 to keep it well ahead of its "lesser" siblings. We'll try to get our gloves on one of each soon.

Tip: Nice one, Tom

[Source: Car and Driver]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      Cosmo Kramer:
      Why wouldn't you use the power daily? I do and always have in my BMWs. On-ramps and off-ramps = bliss. WOT is common for me on the freeway. The claim that you can't use the power on backroads, the desert, I-15 to Vegas, freeway, etc is muttered by people who want to believe everybody drives like they do.

      I know many people in LA who track and auto X their bimmers. There's a reason BMWCCA has so many members. Yes, tons of BMW poseurs in California. But also quite a few people who exercise their Bimmers on the track. Myself included. Get a 335i to Buttonwillow and you're talking supreme fun.

      Ruggels:
      Dinan is an aftermarket supplier to BMW - their relationship allows them to offer warranty coverage with their parts. They don't have a chip yet but they surely will. A tuner named Vishnu on the bimmerfest board is already producing a new ECU mapping program for the 335i engine. He's getting massive increases just by mapping the ECU to run 8-9 psi at half throttle and 11 PSI at WOT up to the 7k redline.
      • 8 Years Ago
      bgdc,

      I know that there are "some" that do tax their BMW's on tracks etc, but it's still a small percentage. If I had the disposal income, I'd buy one. My point is that many buy cars that are engineered beyond their ability to take advantage of it. The vast majority of people who buy luxury cars in L.A. is for status only. Again, nothing wrong with that, just stating the obvious. I happen to enjoy looking at all the exotics stuck in traffic with me.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The C+D test results of the 335i doesn't impress me, because we all know BMW is under rating their horsepower in an effort to display their efficiency over the other 300hp cars in class. No, what impresses me is the G35! Wow 306hp naturally aspirated, larger and heavier than the equivalant IS350's power and a 0-60 time of 5.2 seconds! Thats a pretty impressive powertrain. You know when I was really into the BMW world at one time I remember one of their engineers making a statement that, "we dont turbocharge because its almost like cheating for horsepower". What people used to always respect about the BMW motors was the fact that they could make so much with so little, and always kept a nice blend of horsepower and torque, and their engines were naturally aspirated and pure. Now all of the sudden BMW turbo charges its 3.0 six that has been in production for quite sometime now and its all the rave. To be honest with you guys I am not impressed, I actually expected more from BMW after they went to a turbo motor. I mean seriously 300hp? lets say it is underrated, and based on Automobile magazine's dyno test, we'll give it the benefit of the doubt 350hp. Am I the only one that remembers this? 1989, Nissan releases a 300zx Twin Turbo (17 years ago)...300hp/ 300 ft/lbs of torque....3.0L DOHC V6 Twin Turbo engine, which ran on only 6lbs of boost! Now fast forward about 3 years....Toyota launches the all new twin turbo Supra. 3.0L DOHC I-6 (like the BMW), Twin Turbo...320hp...300ft/lbs! So 17 years after Nissan introduces the 300ZX Twin Turbo BMW releases its 335's with POTENTIALLY only 50 more HPs, and only 30 more HPs than the 14 year old Supra and its all the rave....BIG DEAL. Based on BMW's reliablity track record I think you will find me driving a 17 year old 300ZX or 14 year old Supra rather than a 335i, at least I know they will stand the test of time and a little hard driving. But for now buying a new car the G35 is my choice, awesome; value, reliablity, and performance...and thousands less than the competition. Now if Lexus and Infiniti are producing this power without the assistance of a couple of turbines, imagine what they could produce if they did......hmmmmm.....Lexus LF-A?? Skyline GT-R????
      • 8 Years Ago
      BMW Guy, what are you 16? You must be proud. I hope someone with a modded car sends you back to burbs with your tale between you legs.

      I would never own a BMW, but this car is very nice. I hope these cars hold up to the US market (i.e. poor maintenence culture, spoiled teenagers, and the occasional ice covered streets).

      +1000 for the S4 comment
      • 8 Years Ago
      Never you can't buy an cheap BMW.
      But it's impressionat how a car with this weight it's so fast.

      http://www.auto-power-girl.com/
      • 8 Years Ago
      opps I was wrong, they had not published on the Sedan on the last CarandDriver magazine i received, but their website does test the Sedan - BMW is back on TOP and this time it seems they have the acceleartions too.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Also, Car and Driver said that:

      - the manual on the G35 makes any BMW transmision seem rubbery -
      • 8 Years Ago
      Also, the Infiniti maintenance is EXPENSIVE ($300 for 15k service, $600 for 30k service). BMW has FREE maintenance for 4yrs/50k miles. After that, the 15k and 30k services are about half the Infiniti prices.

      These prices are from the Dallas area.
      • 8 Years Ago
      " paid 45k when it was all said and done complete with options. Don't get me wrong, I love the car, but a few more grand I could have gotten a Corvette '

      I'm under the impression BMW prices their sedans with regards to other sedans, ie the more expensive S4, which it sounds like the 335 is fully capable of handling, not big block powered, two seat american monsters. but i could be wrong here.

      congratulations on your purchase, i'm heading out to drive one now :).
      • 8 Years Ago
      I got to drive the coupe the other day. I wasn't expecting much. WOW!! This car was faster than I expected. 9 psi in the turbos.. hmmnn crank them to 12psi put dinan exhaust on and I bet this car would scream. This car is going to be a big sleeper. I came away from the test drive very impressed. refined power, awesome steering. Manual didn't feel rubbery at all. Very good car.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Yes, I know that the shape is not a V etc etc I just put a V in front of everything.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "And suddenly the IS and G35 crowd have nothing left to argue about. HA! This car is freakin awesome."

      The Infiniti camp will argue price, but I have driven a G35 and a 330i (2005 model), and there is still no comparison.

      The Lexus camp will argue quality, but we all know that J.D. Power and Consumer Reports don't have good quality rankings.

      I can't wait to drive a 335i.
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