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 ]