• Nov 15th 2006 at 3:57PM
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BMW's twin-turbo, 3.0-liter inline-six is turning out to be as exciting an engine as the automaker's lauded 5.0-liter V10. Though its horsepower rating is down a couple hundie compared to the V10, the experience of dropping the hammer on a perfectly balanced inline-six that's sucking in more air than a Dyson upright is awesome (or so we've heard). The engine debuted in the 3-Series Coupe, followed by an appearance in the 3-Series Sedan, and finally we've learned when it will be taking up residence in the all-wheel drive 3-Series Sedan. The vehicle, known as the 335xi, will be available in March of 2007 according to this page on BMW's Military sales website. With 300 horsepower, all-wheel drive and BMW handling, the 335xi promises to be everything to everyone.

[Source: BMW via Straightline Blog]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      "Like an Audi S4, but with less weight on the nose...."

      Nothing like an S4, since the S4 comes with a much nicer interior, a much better clutch and gearbox (I've driven the 335i and owned an 05.5 S4), and I would take Quattro over BMW's idea of AWD any day.

      Yes it will be a better balanced car, but I still see the 335 series as being one of the most over hyped cars of this year. It is as if BMW has screwed up so badly up until now that the auto press is looking at everything that is basically good and calling it "GREAT!"

      • 8 Years Ago
      The 335i is an awesome machine. I compared it to the S4 and the S4 looks underwhelming.


      The new G35 is underwhelming as well.


      I've not really driven the 3-series xi, but the 525xi looks pretty impressive as well, with more of a RWD feel.


      • 8 Years Ago
      No Mention of the 335 Wagon here? AWD is Great but i want a rwd turbo Wagon , thats everything to me. Do AWD Bmw's still have a manual option?
      • 8 Years Ago
      I know when I went looking at the 3 series wagon years ago, that you could not get the all wheel drive system in the 330 wagon cause BMW USA thought it would take away sales from the X5 and possibly the X3.

      If BMW does offer a 335xi wagon with a manual tranny, I will happily be in line to buy one.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hi guys. Lot's of speculation here. I own a 2006 325xi. Contrary to some comments, I don't find the handling "darty" at all and very little roll, although I found the "dartiness" in an X5 I drove. I test drove the IS as well but didn't like it as much and is more cramped than the 3 series. Couldn't wait for the new engine (or the new price) of the 335xi.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "You could reliably add 150hp for $4,000 grand through a turbocharger and ECU upgrade."

      Don't make statements on reliability yet, so far there have been blown 335s due to turbo experimentation and overheating. Unless you have a track record doing it, you're dreaming until it's been proven.

      "I've been predicting that the 335 is going to be a hotter item for tuners than the new M3. We'll see."

      Wow, going out on a limb are you? You mean a turbo car will be easier to tune than a high strun NA V8? Amazing powers of futuretelling you have there ;)
      • 8 Years Ago
      "Audi isn't in the game: it's front-biased torque split make it drive like a SAAB with a wee kick."

      Audi doesn't have a front biased torque split, what the hell are you talking about? It has a 60-40% rear torque split able to send up to 100% to the rear.

      You're mistaking it for the front *weight distribution*, which is 58% due to the engine being ahead of the front axel.

      This of course is not noticeable on the RS4 due to the DRC suspension which geniously dials it out.

      Next time you want to regurgitate what you read in a magazine, at least get it straight. Have you even driven an S4? I surely bet you never drove the RS4.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #1, Mr. Karesh - the weight distribution of the Audi S4 is 53/47 front to rear. The BMW 328xi Sedan is also listed as 53/47. The 335xi will have the same engine w/ even more "stuff" under the hood. How do you figure that the S4 has more "weight on the nose"?
      • 8 Years Ago
      • 8 Years Ago
      A manual is certainly an option on the xi's, at least the current ones. The only drawback to the xi (other than the added weight and price) is that, unlike in a RWD 3, the "Sport Package" does not affect the suspension at all. The suspension in an xi is a little stiffer than the standard suspension, but still higher so you get a bit more body roll.

      I wish they took a page from Audi on this one.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Couldn't they have thought up some sportier rims? Plain.
      • 8 Years Ago
      yeah, everyone with fifty grand....
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