Video Review: 2011 BMW 3 Series

3-Series | June 21st, 2010 by 12
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Rosenthal Automotive brings a new video review of the 2011 BMW 3 Series. The model being reviewed is the BMW 335i xDrive, in the coupe …

Rosenthal Automotive brings a new video review of the 2011 BMW 3 Series. The model being reviewed is the BMW 335i xDrive, in the coupe variant. Along with the extensive and informative review, the fellows at Rosenthal Automotive have also produced some great footage.

Let’s take a moment to reiterate some of the changes that are easy to see in this facelift: the front, lower fascia is now presented with subtle winglets on the air-dam, but more than that, the actual area for air flow is slightly larger than the outgoing design, also allowing for larger splitters at each end of the fascia.

At the front-end, the corona rings angel eyes are now bright LED units. At the rear, there are also modified taillights, with the LED look and finish. BMW added their new ‘L’ shaped design theme to an all new, almost E46 LED taillight, underneath the Ls. Holding the exhaust ports is an all-new bumper with a horizontal expressive line that shows the wide back end. Another exterior element that stands out are the side-view mirrors, larger than in the pre-LCI model.

Video Review: 2011 BMW 3 Series

All-new is the engine for the 335i model. Internally designated the “N55,” this turbocharged, all-aluminum engine features essentially the same “short block” and 3.0-liter displacement of its predecessor, but benefits from five additional years worth of development and refinement.

The result is an engine that is more responsive, more fuel efficient, and cleaner-running than its outstanding predecessor, but preserves the previous engine’s output and soul: 300 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque, and a 7,000 rpm redline. The 6-speed manual gearbox – beloved by North American enthusiast drivers – remains standard, and the well-known 6-speed Steptronic automatic is optional, now featuring “pull-style” shift paddles on the multifunction steering wheel.

Enjoy the video review!

Thanks for the tip Xavier!

  • Sergio Santo

    Stimate Horatiu, iti citesc zi de zi articolele compuse sau expuse. Ca fan BMW te felicit pentru muca pe care o depui.

    Ma’nclin,

    Toate cele bune,

    din Satu-Mare, Romania.

    Sergiu.

  • Doug

    The new angel eyes are far too bright, imo. They should be more subtle. The whole idea is to give an impression of the old discrete headlamps, and nothing more is needed. Also, the LED that illuminates the ring fro the bottom is too noticeable. Also, what is the flickering about?

    I recently saw a 7 that had these absurd glowing-donut rings. Not sure if they were aftermarket or the actual look of the new LEDs, but they were just awful.

    • http://saaa.com Drugs

      the flickering comes from the fact that LED bulbs pulsate instead of being lit continuously … the human eye cant see it, but cameras do

      • Doug

        Why do they pulsate? I could see if they were running on AC (60hz versus 24-30hz camera), but these would get fed with straight 12VDC, right?

        I’ve never seen any other video of LEDs pulsating, cars or otherwise.

  • n8n

    Didn’t even drive it yet, but I love it already! :D

  • Tom

    still not a fan of the new eyelid detail. they should have saved it for the Fx 3er.
    and what was with the flickering of the halo’s?

    • XC

      Welcome.

      I can’t agree more with the part of the ‘unespoken truth’ about BMWs… I absolutely agree.

      • XC

        @Tom, I think is something related to the HD camera.

  • alan statham

    I wish they’d learn how to integrate cup holders into their cars!

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  • http://www.joy2day.com/cars khizar

    A four seater sedan BMW 3 Series is more than just a car; it’s a complete driving experience.

    • Jemel Peters

      precisely mate, ive got the E90 328i sedan and it was an absolute revelation

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