• Jan 23rd 2010 at 11:03AM
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2011 BMW 335is - Click above for high-res image gallery. Follow the jump to watch video.

Well, you all knew it was coming, so Bimmer made it official: Yes, there is a 2011 BMW 335is, and it'll make its formal debut at the New York Auto Show in late March. The 335is will be available in either coupe (base MSRP $50,525) or convertible (base MSRP $59,075 - ouch!) body styles.

Power is boosted to 320 horses and 332 lb-ft of torque (versus 300 hp/300 lb-ft in the regular 335i) for the reprogrammed N54 twin-turbo I-6, which also benefits from an upgraded cooling system and exhales via a sport exhaust for added audible snarl. BMW also says that the 335is torque number can be temporarily overboosted to 370 lb-ft under certain conditions. A six-speed manual is standard, with the seven-speed DCT available as the optional transmission.

Visually, the BMW 335is is distinguishable by its altered front fascia, which features larger intake openings, and an integrated rear diffuser. On top of that, the car is sprinkled with goodies from BMW's M Sport catalog inside and out. If the standard 335i isn't enough for you, and the M3 is too much (as if there is such a thing), perhaps the 335is is just the right fix for your performance jones. We're looking forward to finding out ourselves once the car arrives in showrooms this spring.

Check out the high-res images of the car on-track at Estoril below, and follow the jump for video of it in action (plus BMW's customarily lengthy press release).

[Source: BMW]



The New BMW 335is Coupe and Convertible

Special high-performance models exclusively for North American marketplace.

Woodcliff Lake, NJ – Confirming what may have been this year's worst-kept auto industry secret, BMW announces the introduction of the BMW 335is Coupe and Convertible, each destined to take a place in history among the line of desirable, often collectible, BMW "s" models. Based on the newly-enhanced BMW 3 Series Coupe and Convertible, the new BMW 335is features the award-winning, twin-turbocharged BMW inline-6 engine, specially tuned and equipped to produce 320 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque from its 3.0-liters. For the first time on a BMW 3 Series in the US, the 7-speed Double Clutch Transmission (DCT) with Launch Control will be available as an option, in place of the standard 6-speed manual transmission. Equipped with the DCT, the 335is Coupe is capable of 0-60mph acceleration in 5 seconds flat. The BMW 335is will debut at the New York International Auto Show and arrive at BMW Centers later in the spring. Pricing will begin at $50,525 including Destination for the 335is Coupe, and $59,075 including Destination for the Convertible.

Fundamentally unchanged are the BMW 3 Series' essential attributes of rear-wheel drive, near-perfect 50-50 weight distribution, remarkably precise steering, and skillfully engineered suspension...all of which conspire to produce the uniquely satisfying driving experience that is quintessentially BMW.

The "s" was first seen by North Americans on the original BMW 3 Series, which was imported from 1977-1983. The 1980 BMW 320is included the most desirable 3 Series equipment, including Recaro sport seats, sport steering wheel, halogen high-beams, sunroof, dual color-keyed wing mirrors, anti-sway bars, exterior aerodynamic enhancements, and cross-spoke light-alloy wheels. Later in the1980s, the BMW 3 Series and 5 Series were each available as "s" models, including the BMW 325es, 325is, and 535is. Again, sticking with a proven formula, BMW gave the "s" models enhanced aerodynamics, sport suspension, on-board computer (OBC) and Check Control, sport leather seats, and other features. Early last decade, the original BMW X5 Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) was available twice as an "s" model, first as the BMW X5 4.6is and then as the BMW X5 4.8is. The "s" model SAVs brought even further enhancement in the form of increased power from their modified V-8 engines.

As the newest "s" model, therefore, the 2011 BMW 335is follows its lineage by offering stunning looks, more power, and a raft of functional, performance-inspired equipment tailored to suit the enthusiast driver.

More Power.

The BMW 335is is powered by BMW's widely-acclaimed "N54" twin-turbocharged inline-6, which displaces 3.0-liters and features all-aluminum construction. The engine further benefits from BMW's High Precision direct fuel injection, Double-VANOS stepless valve timing, and advanced Digital Motor Electronics (DME) engine control system. For the 335is Coupe and Convertible, the engine has a heavy-duty cooling system and has received special software that allows the N54 to sustain a nominal output of 320 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque. Through the use of temporary overboost in certain circumstances, the engine will produce up to 370 lb-ft of torque (horsepower remains 320) for even better performance during overtaking and other high-load / high-speed maneuvers.

The increased power and torque naturally place higher loads on the engine componentry, so a number of items, including the cooling system of the 335is, have been upgraded accordingly. An additional radiator has been added behind the left-side front air intake, along with a more powerful electric cooling fan. An oil cooler is fitted opposite the second radiator, on the right side. The front fascia of each model has been shaped with large openings to allow improved air flow to the coolers, and special emphasis was placed on the 335is Coupe's higher probability of being used for spirited driving. As a result, the 335is Coupe has traded the Convertible's foglights for the largest possible air openings, which help result in a substantial increase in effective cooling capacity over the original BMW 335i Coupe. These measures were taken specifically to ensure that the 335is will provide constant, reliable power under even the harshest driving circumstances. Engine mounts have also been replaced with stiffer units to help minimize deflection under very high G-loads.

Performance and Specifications.
Top speed of the BMW 335is will be electronically limited to 150 mph. The 335is Coupe performs 0-60 mph runs in 5.0 seconds with the optional 7-speed DCT and 5.1 seconds with the manual 6-speed. The 335is Convertible, meanwhile, requires only 5.2 seconds for the 0-60 run whether equipped with the 6-speed manual or optional 7-speed DCT. Maximum rated horsepower of 320 is achieved at 5900 rpm, and nominal peak torque output of 332 lb-ft is achieved from 1500 – 5000 rpm. Temporary peak torque of 370 lb-ft is available under special high-load circumstances, such as when overtaking at higher speeds. The drag coefficient (Cd) is 0.30 for the 335is Coupe and 0.31 for the 335is Convertible. EPA fuel efficiency estimates will be available closer to the on-sale date for each model and are expected to closely follow the figures of the standard 335i Coupe and Convertible, respectively. The vented brake rotors are the same sizes as on the standard 335i Coupe and Convertible, measuring 13.7" front and 13.2" rear.

Sensational Sounds.

Appropriately, the BMW 335is Coupe and Convertible have been fitted with a new sport exhaust system to enhance the sound and responsiveness of each model. Without being intrusive, the emotionally-charged character of the free flowing exhaust system has been specially tuned to focus on the low frequency "rumble" sounds that are most enjoyed with the windows (or the Convertible's retractable hard top) lowered. The system is designed to minimize the restriction of exhaust gas flow, which is always important for a turbocharged powerplant.

Unique Exterior and Interior Design Features.

The new BMW 335is models are based on the latest BMW 3 Series Coupe and Convertible, which have themselves each been enhanced for the 2011 model year. Of those updates, the 335is models retain the new high-depth LED tail lights, new xenon adaptive headlights with LED-lighted corona rings, and the new hood which integrates with a freshened BMW kidney grille. Above and beyond those updates, the 335is will receive new M Sport enhancements which include comprehensive M aerodynamic elements, kidney grille surrounds in high gloss black, Shadowline black window trim, wing mirror caps in high gloss black, and standard 18" light alloy wheels in ferric grey color. 19" light alloy M wheels are optional. Exclusive "335is" badges adorn each front fender and the rear of the trunklid.

The M Sport front and rear fascias and side skirts have been carefully sculpted to provide the best air management benefits along with a healthy dose of style. Starting at the front, the new air dam of the 335is Coupe is equipped with large openings meant to feed as much air as possible to the upgraded cooling system. Horizontal black planes are placed within each opening to properly guide the air into the ducts. On the 335is Convertible, front foglights are retained in place of the black horizontal guide planes. As with any M Sport aerodynamic component, the air dam works to reduce or negate lift at high speeds.

At rear, the form-follows-function design philosophy continues with a new rear diffuser intended to properly manage the high-velocity air flow exiting from underneath the vehicle. As the most aggressive ever fitted to a BMW 3 Series, the body-color rear diffuser features a black inset portion with vertical strakes that help maintain air velocity, reduce pressure, and therefore help prevent "lift" over the rear axle.

Inside, the M Sport upgrades continue with an M Sport steering wheel, sport seats, anthracite headliner, M door sills, M driver's footrest, M gearshift knob, and high-quality stainless steel sport pedals. The instrument cluster features dials in dark grey with a "335is" badge on the tachometer face. The passenger side dashboard also features an exclusive "335is" badge on the standard aluminum glacier silver dark trim.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow, if it wasn't for the grilles, I would have thought these were Hondas. The white looked like a Accord coupe for a sec. Almost expected a little V-TEC sticker near the door.

      Sad, used to be able to recognized any BMW by silhouette alone...
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Fusion that starts under 20K is the rental grade S trim with the gutless 4 cylinder motor and a third pedal. And that only stays under 20K until you add the mandatory $725 delivery cost. The automatic transmission that 96% of them have is another $900.

        The 3.0 SE with Sync is already at $25,000. Want leather, or a sunroof, or a radio that cost Ford more than $65, it's only going up from there.
      • 5 Years Ago
      there was a also a e30 318is, it was 16 valve, while the standart 318i was 8 valve.
      there was also a e36 318is
      • 5 Years Ago
      All this hype for this?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Do Want.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Are you kidding me? The 335is is $10,000 more than a 'regular' 335i but with the old engine that has been tarted up? And with a meager extra 20 horses?

        I love performance as much as anyone, but please tell me how this makes any sense? It seems like a profit ploy rather than BMW being true to their mission as The Ultimate Driving Machine. BMW has lost it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree, but I would expect the M3 pricing to go up for 2011 since these are so close. Maybe they won't though. But then again, these cars are turbocharged and to some people, that makes all the difference.

        BTW, before you go on a rant, I am well aware that the M3 has a LOT more to offer over a 335is than just the engine, lol
        • 5 Years Ago
        I must say though, I couldn't look at the guy driving the car in the video and NOT think of Cameron Tucker from Modern Family, lol!


        • 5 Years Ago
        Last time i checked i could get a brand new M3 for around 60k, why blow this on a 335is riced up?
        • 5 Years Ago

        1) Let's remind everyone that the 3-series is the best selling car in it's premium segment, aka the benchmark in luxury sports cars...

        2) With the inminent replacement marked for 2012, means you can get it sept 2011, so it would be unwise to get this...

        3) For that price i would rather order THE ALL NEW BMW 535XI, and be the first one in my block with it...
      • 5 Years Ago
      long story short

      "so as you see i go out of peets"

      "we can go in good speed, traction good, incretible"

      "we going really fast, incretible, very good"

      all i got out of the video was how good it sounds. and all i got out of the article is how expensive it is. 50K are you joking me!
        • 5 Years Ago
        I thought you were joking, but no, that's a fair assessment of the video.

        The thing does sound rather good, but also rather boring.
      • 5 Years Ago

      if you cant afford it or dont like it Dont buy it!

      babies in here
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's a 3 Series for 50k! I cannot get over this. But then again some crazy fanatic will buy it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I would kill to have this car, but for $50k, you would be stupid not to get the 2011 Mustang GT over this... $20k less and it will blow the door hinges off this thing.
        • 5 Years Ago
        What is your obsession with ripping on the 3-series as of late?
        • 5 Years Ago
        I don't mean to sound rude, but are you crzy...a mustang GT can't even compare to this car...i'm not sayin its $20k better but trust me its a better car...plus u get 4yrs, 80k full service & warranty..if u break a cupholder they'll fix it for u...no labor charges, nothing...trying modding ur Mustang and see if u can get some kind of warranty done...

        Look, the only argument here is that its so close to an M3...but there's still that $10,000 difference...yes the M3 starts at $55k but I've only seen 2 guys on e90post with their M3 MSRP below $60,000...so yea, if I could afford it, I'll prolly take it tho the smart bet is get a 2009 335i coupe and just add the perf pkg for $2500.
        • 5 Years Ago

        Who me? I happen to love 3 series BMW's.
        • 5 Years Ago
        If you're shopping for a car like this then you are not shopping for a Mustang, and vice versa. But I agree that it is at least $10k too expensive. I'm sure the local Infiniti dealer is smiling about that.
        • 5 Years Ago
        As much as I like BMW, I must say that I'm inclined to agree with you. I'd definitely let a 2011 5.0 GT share the garage with my old e46 coupe.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The boards will soon be aswoon with lust and exalted status - replete with stories of "iS" Viper and 'vette kills.
        Eh...this thing is like the same thing as the much revered (in the BMW community) E46 "performance package" AKA the "ZHP". Not much to write home about, but drew a massive following.

        Then before anyone knew it *poof* the E90 appeared and the ZHP was irrelevant. If history is any indication - methinks this another BMW ripoff ploy to move more units before bringing out the new model.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Here's another thing to consider.

      In summer of 2009, BMW announced the release of a "Performance Power Kit" for the N54 engine. It promised an additional 20hp and 37lb-ft for about $2,500.

      Sounds like the 335is is just a 335i with this kit and a couple of other minor tweaks.

      Then why the big jump in price? Because now the 3-series can mimic Audi's price structure of the A5-S5-RS5 line.

      I blame everyone who bought the overpriced S5 for providing BMW the rationale/spaceballs to pump up the price of the 3-series coupe to ludicrous levels.
      • 5 Years Ago
      All BMWs are over priced and under optioned.... but sheeple still buy them. The boys in Bavaria would be fools to lower price when the sheeple will buy regardless.
      • 5 Years Ago
      OMG, 2011? Will we have to endure this awful generation of 3 series for that long? Mercedes and Audi have an amazing oportunity to take BMW's mindshare.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Sorry for duplicate comment.

        Yes but the 3 series, being so bad looking (in my opinion), feels like 10 years old now, already. I was expecting a replacement in 2011, but I see that will not happen.

        I disagree. The C class with the AMG kit is much more better looking than both BMW and Audi.
        I must say I have always been a BMW guy. I never liked a C class until this one, and I see Mercedes coming with much better looking cars than BMW lately in each segment (S, C, E..).

        I never liked Audi, I think they get old too quickly, but I can see their design is getting more interesting lately. If they go with some of the design cues present in the e-tron, who knows if my opinion on them might change.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So, no real LSD? That's a bummer.
        • 5 Years Ago
        they aren't very exspensive!

        i payed aprox 900 euro for a opel vectra v6 from the United Kingdom.
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