• Jan 20, 2010
2011 BMW 335is – Click above for image gallery

Coinciding with an earlier report, the first images of the 2011 BMW 335is have leaked out, and if history is any indication, we should have all the official details within a few days.

Available in both coupe and cabrio form, the 335is – designed to slot in above the recently revised 335i and below the V8-powered M3 – will reportedly be equipped with the last 335i's twin-turbocharged inline-six (N54), putting out an estimated 340 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque, with an overboost function increasing the twist to 369 lb-ft for short durations. Predictably, the 0-60 time will drop to around five seconds and the top speed will increase to 149 mph.

A six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox are expected to be part of the package, along with an M-Sport Appearance package, blacked-out grille, darkened mirrors and a mildly revised suspension. Expect all the information to be revealed soon and plan to see the 335is, along with the rest of the revised 3 series line, in person at the Geneva Motor Show this March.



[Source: E90Post]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      I like the wheels.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'll take the underrated 335i if it is cheaper, 340HP at the crank is just about what is already offered from bmw since the birth of the 335.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Not bad, but the wheels look to small.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It reminds me of those "ricer" Civics that you'll see where a huge be-winged body kit has been added, but the wheels were left as bone stock 15"ers and become lost in the crowd of plastic.

      I don't care for it and certainly wouldn't pay the $$$ for it over a ZSP.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Interior is kinda boring, but thankfully the rest of the car looks awesome! Performance is droolworthy as well.
      • 5 Years Ago
      As for this article's quoted 0-60mph time...

      The old 335i could easily do the spring in under 5.0 seconds (see Car and Driver). I believe it was around 4.8. BMW consistently under-rates the 0-60 times on these cars.

      This new 335is will no doubt cover it in the mid 4's. Unless you're actually going to take your car on a track, I see this as the perfect 3. Why bother with an M3 (performance you can't fully appreciate on the street) when you can get this and save tons of cash on gas and the entry price?
      • 4 Years Ago
      @jgp
      It isn't an //M but it looks very much like one. The average person would have a hard time distinguishing an M3 from this car from a quick glance. This makes the //M less special in a way. To add to 2004m3driver's point, Mercedes Benz is even worse. It is almost impossible to tell a S550 with AMG apart from the S63 just buy looking at them. I realize that the //M and AMG class is supposed to be an understated type of car but it is getting ridiculous with the new models.

      Just my 2 cents.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Such a transparent attempt at ripping off BMW fans more. Why couldn't they just make this the regular 335? Oh, it's so they have an excuse to charge a premium. They've also given the reg 335 the newer (and less sporty) lower front fascia while giving this one the similar fascia from 09.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Black mirrors? What is this, 1992? Unless they are real carbon fiber, I'd much prefer body color mirrors.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I stand corrected. This looks far better than the M Sport Package, leaked recently.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Love that rear end. This is my next car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That. Looks. AWESOME. Build it, make tons of money, delightful.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Great way to dilute the //M brand.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes, a bit of brand dilution but they have to make money somehow. At least there is a power increase as opposed to the S-Line and AMG trim packages from Audi and Mercedes.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The US E46 M3:
        - 333 hp (248 kW; 338 PS)
        - Torque: 262 lb·ft (355 N·m)
        - 0-100 km/h (62 mph) — 4.8 seconds for SMG, 4.7 seconds for Manual, 5.1 seconds for cabriolet

        335is:
        - 340 hp
        - 332 lb ft with 369 lb ft overboost

        340 > 333
        332 > 262

        Though the 0-60 time is still faster.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Care to elaborate on this ?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Nothing is sacred anymore. That's why if you want to be cool, you need to go all out and get the M3 GTS. Also this is nothing new! The old 330 made as much (i think a bit more) power as the e30 M3. So it makes sense that the 335 has similar power to the E46, but having driven both they are still worlds apart in driving feel.

        What would be interesting is what happens to the next gen 3 series. Would it mean the 345? will make 400hp+? wow haha
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