MotorTrend takes the new 2012 BMW 335i to the race track. The result? 0 to 60 mph in just 4.7 seconds. Other stats include: 1/4 mile in 13.3 sec @ 103.9 mph and lateral acceleration of .90g.
The new F30 335i is powered by the award-winning N55 3.0 liter straight-six outputs 300 horsepower and 300 lb.-ft (407 Nm) of torque.
BMWBLOG also had the opportunity to recently drive the 335i in Monterey, California.
Before jumping into the informative video review, here are some highlights from Motor Trend:
Expectations run high for any new 3 Series — almost unfairly so. Our expectations were such that when we found out the new 2012 BMW 3 Series would be slightly bigger, and its power steering system would use a fuel-efficient electric motor, we grew skeptical. Cynical, maybe. And then a 2012 BMW 335i equipped with the optional sport eight-speed automatic ($500; the standard eight-speed automatic and six-speed manual are no-cost options) showed up at our test track. What did we learn? That there’s no reason for the roundel faithful to fret.
Benchmarks? Forget the last 335i. This new one actually accelerates at the same pace as the 320-horse, 332 lb-ft 335is — the one with two turbos and a fast-shifting twin-clutch transmission. Our mere automatic 2012 335i, down a turbo and supposedly 20 horsepower and 32 lb-ft, reached 60 mph in 4.7 seconds and the quarter mile in 13.3 sec at 103.9 mph. That’s right on pace with a Camaro SS, assuming it’s driven well.