While at the BMW Press Event in Philadelphia, our own Shawn Molnar had a chance to drive another exciting vehicle: BMW 335is. The track review will be coming up in the next days and in the mean time, we wanted to refresh your memory on the high-performance 335is and also, to share more photos with you.
The 2011 BMW 335is is powered by an upgraded version of the N54 inline-6 3.0-liter twin-turbo engine that comes standard in the 335i. It comes packing 320hp at 5,900 rpm and 332 lb-ft of torque is available from 1,500-5,000 rpm. The engineers have tweaked the twin-turbo 3-liter motor to have an overboost function that increases torque to 370lb-ft. The overboost function comes into play at higher engine speeds and gears.
BMW has fitted a sport exhaust system that has a deeper “rumble” at low speeds and rpm. This is to also help the driver feel more passionate and comfortable with their purchase with the windows and/or top down, depending on which model you get. The exhaust, as would be expected, helps to minimize the restriction of exhaust gas flow.
For the first time ever, the 335is will come with BMW’s heralded 7-speed double-clutch transmission, or DCT, with launch control, as an option over the standard 6-speed manual transmission. BMW claims a 5.0 second time to 60 with the optional DCT and launch control, while the manual coupe will take 5.1 seconds. The E93 is not far behind, with a 5.2 second 0-60 time with the DCT or the 6-speed manual.
To help aid miles per gallon and top speed, BMW has lowered the Cd (drag coefficient)to 0.30 for the E92 335is and just 0.31 for the E93 335is.
BMW is outfitting the 335is with M aerodynamics, meaning new front and rear fascia and sideskirts. Uniquely, there is a new rear diffuser that has air strakes that control air flow and help reduce lift at the rear-end, along with 335is badging on the side fenders, just under the side turn signals, and the rear of decklid. High gloss black surrounds the kidney grill and the wing mirrors, as well as black Shadowline window trim. 18″ ferric gray alloy wheels are standard, with 19″ M alloy wheels being optional.
As expected, the BMW 335is is a top contender on track and you will find out more about the racing experience in the upcoming days.
[Photos by Greg Jamer | Shawn Molnar ]