• Oct 25, 2006

While Audi has at times made some of its most powerful S4s and RS4s in Avant wagon bodystyle only, BMW has never made an M3 Touring. And technically, it still hasn't, at least not in name. But the new 335i M Sport Touring is pretty damn close.

With a twin-turbo 3.0-liter six, the 335i sports sedan is as quick as the outgoing previous-generation M3, but while the 335i may be deserving of the M badge as much as any M model has before, that's being saved for the new V8-powered M3. The 3-Series Touring wagon model is getting the same engine as the 335i, along with big 18-inch wheels, but also gets the added benefit of a 460-liter cargo capacity without compromising its sporting pretensions. Very nice.

The 335i M Sport Touring sells in the UK for £34,920 (you can save almost three thousand off that by going for the gentler 335i SE version and skip the M wheels). No telling if the kickin' family hauler will make it to the US, but we sure hope it does. 'Cause with wheels like those (and 28.8 mpg combined-cycle economy), who needs an SUV?

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      • 8 Years Ago
      ObsessedAudiFan - you are indeed overly obsessed. While your snideness is very special, you only offer up an episode of Fifth Gear. The two had a race around a track - wherein Tiff complains (as many other testers have) of the heavy feel and pronounced understeer of the car. This is your proof that the RS4 will 'out handle' the BMW? That is laughable. It is without a doubt faster in a straight line with AWD giving better launch capability, but I remained unconvinced that it is a better handling car. If you look at the first post, it says that the RS4 (in heavier wagon form, no less) would outhandle an M3. What you posted is not proof of this.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The 335i and the S5 are complete equals around a track with the same driver, per 5th gear. I doubt the wagons would be any different. A wagon without AWD is not pointless, its called a wagon with RWD, or as I like to call it, my_kind_of_tail_out_fun. The DSC (not fun but toggled) in the 335i actually behaves differently when you are towing! How cool is that?

      http://www.worldcarfans.com/2061026.011/bmw-335i-m-sport-touring-uk
      • 8 Years Ago
      "What interests me in this BMW is whether it's
      all wheel drive with those beautiful rims. wait...we all know the answer to that one. when bmw actually decides to think about how useful their cars are on my ski trips to vermont, that's when i'll start considering them"

      Exactly why I've never been a big BMW fan. I grew up in Vermont and driving Quattros was super nice. BMW came out with all wheel drive a few times, but I didn't like them nearly as much as the Audi's.

      I've owned an Audi for much of the time since. Great cars.
      • 8 Years Ago
      http://youtube.com/watch?v=B4Uzf1dtYmU
      http://youtube.com/watch?v=v3BCUNARokY

      proof for you

      G. Snyder, just watch Fifth Gear a little more often and you'll see the proof. if that doesn't work for you just go to youtube. there are tons of videos that pin the two supremo German cars. RS4 wins everytime particularly off the line, but the engines are just way different.

      in the end the consumer wins. this is essentially a performance battle that kind of started with the rs6. every two or three years you get a better engine in the same price range.

      What interests me in this BMW is whether it's
      all wheel drive with those beautiful rims. wait...we all know the answer to that one. when bmw actually decides to think about how useful their cars are on my ski trips to vermont, that's when i'll start considering them.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I love avants! They are preferred over saloons because of Audi's heavy nose. The Avants balance it out. thats why you have seen for years most of audi's super editions are Avants.

      In Europe, Avants, or estates as they are known are preffered to sedans. Only here in US do cars with Hatches have social implications.

      Give me a "WAGON" version of the 335 please!!!!! I won't even think, I will buy it in a heartbeat!
      • 7 Years Ago
      they should never have made that into a WAGON. The 335 was such a beautiful car an they just had to ruin it. :'(
      • 8 Years Ago
      A sport touring wagon w/o AWD? Pointless, I agree with #6.

      As for RS4 vs. M3? Uhm, this has been covered before, the RS4 owns the current M3. The new M3 probably will be slightly faster yet far less pretty, safe and practical. But by the time that comes, the new R8 will be out.

      Greg A.
      • 8 Years Ago
      That thing has a fat ass.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Please stop posting British fuel economy. BRITISH GALLONS ARE 20% LARGER. THAT IS A FACT.
      • 8 Years Ago
      From my perspective, all the performance and handling in the world is wasted if BMW hasn't redesigned the rear seat to allow a totally flat cargo space. Is it a wagon or isn't it?
      • 8 Years Ago
      How does this thing get 28.8 mpg?! I used to drive a 330Ci that got 22 if I was extra careful, and I know a lower powered coupe has got to get better mileage than a bigger, heavier, M3-fast wagon.
      • 8 Years Ago
      ObsessedAudiFan/Ruggles - you guys read a little too far into my question. I did not say I was an M3/BMW fanboy or that the BMW would/should win. I was just looking for something a little more definitive.

      The Fifth Gear shots have both cars in a race (both on the track at the same time) with Tiff (who is a MUCH better driver than the other guy) in the Audi - which is undenyable a faster car in a straight line and can get a better launch. Tiff did, of course, get the better launch and held the lead.

      I have read plenty of articles and tests of both cars and a lot of them refer to the Audi's somewhat unatural balance and heavy handedness - as well as the predominant understeer. It just makes me question this, when compared with the unanimous praise for the M3's (and most 3 series in general)poise and balance.

      I would like to see the same driver back to back on a road course with both cars. I imagine what you would find is that you could really hammer the Audi down straigts and the BMW might make up some of that in turns. Even the Fifth Gear "powerslide" expose demonstrated this, as the Audi was "on or off" whereas the BMW "could be modulated around with the throttle".

      Do you know which one of these cars I would take if you would give me one for free? RS4. So there!
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