We haven’t yet had a chance to post a full review on the most selling BMW car right now: the BMW 335i coupe. According to the recent sales figures, this is one of the best selling BMW cars in the past years. The availability of this 335i coupe is very limited and for people that would like to build their car for order, the waiting time could reach several months, based on dealership’s monthly allocations.
Here are the basic specifications: MODEL: 2007 BMW 335i Coupe ENGINE: 3.0-liter twin turbocharged DOHC inline six HORSEPOWER/TORQUE: 300 hp @ 5800 rpm/300 lb.-ft. @ 1400-5000 rpm TRANSMISSION: 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission Good Things: Some of the most important selling points of the new BMW 335i coupe are the sleek styling that resembles the more expensive 6-Series and of course, the 2007 award winning twin turbocharged inline six engine. Bad Things: As we expect from all the coupes, there is a small rear seat and limited legroom, so it?s really only an occasional four-seater.
The trunk is probably too small for more than one golf bag or a large suitcase. The 3-Series is the mainstay of the BMW line. Classified as a compact-to-midsize car, it suffers somewhat in comparison with the larger 5-series. Still, the 3-Series offers consumers an opportunity to become BMW owners and eventually move up to the larger, more luxurious models.
The 3-Series offers one of BMW?s widest ranges of models though. The sedans are the most popular, as would be expected, but one can also buy a 3-Series convertible (in my mind that?s the better sports car when compared with the Z4), a wagon, and now a coupe. New for 2007, the BMW 3-Series coupe is offered with two engine options. The 328i Coupe is offered with a 3.0-liter double overhead cam inline six-cylinder engine rated at 230 horsepower.
The 335i Coupe has a marginally smaller 3.0-liter DOHC inline six that is twin turbocharged and delivers a stirring 300 hp. Later in the model year these models will be joined by the all-wheel drive 328xi Coupe. Styling of the 3-Series Coupes is close enough to that of the 6-Series Coupe and Convertible to cause pedestrians to take a second look. This is not a problem, because the 6-Series has been voted one of the more attractive cars on the market today. The 3 is smaller, of course, but the family resemblance is there.
The Coupe is fitted with a strut-type front suspension and a multi-link rear suspension that offers compliance on most road surfaces while allowing for nearly flat cornering most of the time. Ride quality is enhanced by a long, for the class, 108.9-inch wheelbase that?s as much as a foot longer than the competition. Despite the long wheelbase, the overall length is a compact 180.3 inches, which means that there?s little overhang at the front and rear. The BMW manual gearboxes, supplied by Getrag, are a pleasure to use but the automatic is nearly ideal. You?d have to be a shifting freak to prefer the manual over the automatic. Yet, this is a Steptronic automatic, so you can shift it if you must.
All that’s needed is to tip the gear lever forward for downshifts or rearward for upshifts. No clutch work is required. In addition, the 3-Series Coupe has another BMW goodie, Active Steering, that enables the driver to maneuver with minimal effort when parking and keep it on track at highway speeds. As with most BMWs, the 3-Series Coupes are solid, well-built automobiles with a lot to offer and despite the limited trunk space, the BMW 335i coupe is a beautiful car with great performance, enough that you?ll easily overlook its minor flaws.