BMW 335i Cab with M3-style bonnet and more powerful N54 engine

3-Series | August 21st, 2008 by 10
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One of the exterior design elements that I like the most on the BMW M3 is the vented bonnet. Many times I have drooled over …

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One of the exterior design elements that I like the most on the BMW M3 is the vented bonnet. Many times I have drooled over the M3’s hood and I wished my 3 Series sedan will some day have the bonnet. Yes, I know, that’s what you get for paying for an M3 and the regular 3ers will never match them, but I am allowed to dream, right?

In the mean time, our friends at MotorAuthority took some interesting spy photos of the BMW 3 Series Convertible, in this case a 335i model. The car spotted comes with the BMW M Sport Package bodykit and….read this..with a VENTED BONNET. I got really excited for a second, even though I own the sedan version and not the beautiful coupe or cab. Some of my colleagues raved about the possibility of seeing the cab and even the E92 coupe with this aggressive style, but the details are sketchy at this point.

One of our friends from BMW gave us an even more interesting detail. The 335i Convertible in these photos is actually being used for testing purposes of the BMW’s N54 engine, the tuned up version (Wiki: N54 Engine). As some of you might know, the N54 was proven to be underrated and it is indeed capable of reaching higher horsepower and torque. The N54B30 outputs 326 horsepower and 332 ft-lbf torque, about 20 ponies increase over the current 3.0 L twin-turbo found in the 335i.

The 2009 BMW 7 Series F01 is the first model that will take advantage of this revised engine.

So, all those bimmer fans that were cabriolet or coupe owners and were drooling over the sedan facelift, hold on, BMW has it good for you. If the M Sport Package will come with the vented bonnet and the cab(coupe also?) will get the extra power, then I’m sold on it.

[Source: MotorAuthority ]

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10 responses to “BMW 335i Cab with M3-style bonnet and more powerful N54 engine”

  1. Gragop says:

    So could this possibly be the “tii” packages BMW mentioned in the last few months?

  2. Horatiu B. says:


    Probably not. Our sources say clearly an N54 engine and it’s being tested with different cooling solutions. The Performance Package is something else and I dont think it will ever be a tii name on a 3 series. I believed that for a second, but not anymore.

  3. Benny says:

    I personally don’t think that this bonnet will be part of the “normal” M-package. Maybe optional, in addition to the M-package. But I don’t believe that BMW will sell this kind of exterieur modification for non-M-cars. Well, we will see ;-)

  4. Giom says:


    I agree. These vents will never make it onto any production BMW (sorry Horatiu)

    You remember that test M5 with the extra holes cut out of the front bumper? I think this is the same thing. They’re trying something -maybe a temp sullution for testing purposes.

    BMW is just not this extrovert imo. Sad though:(

  5. Horatiu B. says:


    They are testing a cooling solution from what I was told which in the end, it might result in the need of a vented bonnet, maybe not as drastic as this one. The coupe and cab fans will need to be pleased somehow, and this might be the answer. You’ll be surprised how many unusual things BMW does :)

  6. Clara says:

    I don’t know what to make of this. If it were simply that slot-vent, I’d say from the marks around it that someone simply cut a rectangle and bent it down. But what would be the point? That’s where the engine intake duct exists now.

    The M3-style hood vents almost look like they might be fake, or taped over to experiment with the slot vent. But if they were real, it could mean that they experimented moving the intake to the hood vent where the M3 has it, and used the front duct area for something else…?

  7. Artmic says:

    hmmmm, i love the 3Series Coupe, best car on the planet. They can have the rest, just leave me a 3coupe to play with.

  8. Horatiu B. says:

    @Clara: Hard to tell at this point, but I still believe they’re testing different cooling methods and based on that, they will decide on the hood design.

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