• Jan 18, 2010

2011 BMW 335i coupe and convertible – Click above for high-res image gallery

The BMW 3 Series coupe and convertible rank among the hottest sellers not only for BMW, but also in their respective segments. They're the benchmark against which rivals compare themselves and the target for both driving dynamics and sales figures. So when Munich unveils an update for both, you can expect to see them in short order in every parking lot and on every street corner and stretch of highway. But since the veil was lifted on the updated two-door Threes just yesterday, we're glad to oblige with one big gallery of images to hold you over in the meantime.

For a quick refresher, BMW has given the 3 Series coupe and convertible a minor facelift for the new model year, comprised principally of a revised front end with new headlights and wider twin-kidney grilles, new taillights, refreshed side mirror housings and restyled bumpers front and rear. Inside the convertible gets a solar reflective leather treatment aimed at keeping surfaces cooler in direct sunlight, and for the first time ever, BMW will be offering its xDrive all-wheel-drive system on the coupe, dropping a coupe of milliseconds off the acceleration times.

The big news, though, is the new N55 engine, a direct-injection, twin-scroll single-turbocharged inline-six that replaces the twin-turbo engine in the 335i with identical (but, crucially, more accessible) output figures. Check out the coupe, convertible and new engine in our high-res image gallery below.



[Source: BMW]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Interesting to see AB laud solar reflectivity when they spent so much time vilifying it in the form of the cool cars initiative.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Oh contraire, it is actually faster.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The E93 had HPFP issues and a hard top that leaked like there is no tomorrow, about time BMW did something to fix the issues
      JDM Life
      • 5 Years Ago
      Not diggin the new front end. The car looks goofy.

      I think the hard top looks much better then the convertible. Liked the previous looks much better.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like, nice refresh (both exterior and engine). I guess the whole bangle thing works, come out with something wildly controversial then spend the next several model revisions returning to your look pre-controversy.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow, the car looks cool.gochristian shoes
      • 5 Years Ago
      big improvement in the looks category. the front end of the pre-lci is very feminine and streamlined like the e60, which was a big departure from the e46. this is a bit more masculine and blunt, i.e. more like a bmw.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Anyone have an idea as to the purpose of the "fins" that split the front air intakes (next to the foglights) on both the coupe and convertible?
        • 5 Years Ago
        There's a maximum size that a hole in bodywork on a car sold in the US can be. I don't recall how it is determined, but it's a couple inches. So any hole larger than this has to have a grille in it breaking it up.

        Toyota had to put dividers across on the side of the MR-S, the various Mitsu Evos had to have grilles, and the various other 90s JDM cars with huge FMIC holes on the front had to be broken up or shrunk too.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm not sure about the downforce reason as the previous year's models didn't have them and I don't think the dynamics have drastically changed in this "refresher". This leaves styling as the only other explanation in which case it doesn't do anything positive from a styling perspective and would prefer to do without. If it is for styling why could they not be integrated into the front rather than protuding?
        • 5 Years Ago
        I would expect that it's either for a bit of downforce, channeling air, or simply styling. Probably just styling.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You know, on closer look, I don't think that's it since the hole is no smaller in the center and isn't broken up there. I guess it is just styling.
      • 5 Years Ago
      -- xdrive has been available on the coupe since 07
      -- the convertible has had solar reflective leather since 07
      -- have not heard about the convertible getting xdrive; currently does not have it

      -- the only changes I have heard are cosmetic (front/rear minor changes) and the engine switching from dual turbos to a single turbo; still has the same power rating 300hp
      • 5 Years Ago
      xDrive has already been offered on the 3 Coupe.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The xDrive system has been an option on the E92 3-series coupe since it was released. The added weight and drivetrain loss results in slower 0-60 than the RWD equivalent. The handling dynamics are highly different between the xi and i coupes as well.
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