Comparison: 2012 BMW 335i vs 2012 Audi S4

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On this episode of MotorTrend’s Head 2 Head, Carlos Lago pits the new 2012 BMW 335i against its competitor from Audi, the S4. The new …

On this episode of MotorTrend’s Head 2 Head, Carlos Lago pits the new 2012 BMW 335i against its competitor from Audi, the S4. The new F30 3 Series went on sale this Spring and the highest offering at the moment is the 335i model. Powered by the award-winning N55 3.0 liter straight-six, the 335i outputs 300 horsepower and 300 lb-ft (407 Nm) of torque. In a previous straightline test, MotorTrend clocked the 335i from 0 to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds and 1/4 mile in 13.3 sec @ 103.9 mph.

The 2012 Audi S4 received a big engine upgrade last year. The sporty four-door sedan is now powered by a 3.0-liter six-cylinder, using supercharging, intercooling, and direct injection to boost its output to 333 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. 0 to 60 mph numbers range from 4.7 to 4.9 seconds, with a top speed limited to 155 mph. Gas mileage is rated at 18 mpg city, 28 highway.

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335i sells in the United States for $43,275, a slight increase over the previous E90 model ($42,050), but with more standard options. The 335i is offered with a standard package and M Sport package, as well as three new lines: Sport, Luxury and Modern. These will provide an extensive customization program for customer by offering more upfront options.

Audi set a base price of $47,300 for the S4 which comes standard with a 6-speed manual transmission.

The 3 Series has long enjoyed its reputation as the benchmark of European sports sedans. But does the more powerful S4 finally have what it takes to end BMW’s reign?

Let’s have a look.

20 responses to “Comparison: 2012 BMW 335i vs 2012 Audi S4”

  1. pimeto says:

    Is that the newest Audi ? WTF…. i thought they were taking new direction and making some different designs ?! ….. The 4 rings of Audi show a cloning process… over the years, the same and the same car…

  2. BMW beats the BENDS :) says:

    I also think the bmw should be faster. BMW 3 series and M3 was known to be the fastest (acceleration and top speed) in its class. Lately BENZ fans have been boasting about the c63’s top speed and it annoys me because we used to beat them with performance(top speed, acceleration & handling). I loved the legendary 2006 M3

  3. steve says:

    Thats a really nice VW Jetta, I mean S4.

  4. msm says:

    Maybe compare 335i to A4 or 335is to S4?

  5. audis4owner says:

    guys i own a s4 and my brother just bought a 335i sport line with 19in wheels. That car had the low rolling resistance tire which causes the horrendous numbers. The s4 in no matter which spec has superior tires. Around a local track of mine with both of us driving the 335i has 5 tenths quicker due to the better and light footed handling. I picked the s4 for winter ease and more room

    • bgdc says:

      Yep, the standard shoes on the F30 are awful.

    • asd says:

      I just wanted to have a say on that. For some reason BMW thinks 335i, the top end model, should also get those eco low resistance all season tyres and these are terrible on the track, they are also really narrow and that is why it gets poor breaking

  6. BMW BEST says:

    Look at the Audi…just another Audi,not much different,can’t even tell what is the different between this and the old one.But look at the BMW,OMG this is just AWESOME!!Far far better looking than the previous verison!
    BMW owned!

  7. 2012Evo says:

    honestly i love bmw but i think they r dumb they shoulda bumped the power up for the new 335i instead of keeping it the same as the e9* its a heavier car so i was excepting this.

  8. bgdc says:

    Not sure why people act like the S4 isn’t the 335i’s competitor. The A4 2.0T competes against the F30 328i 2.0T. The 335i’s turbo inline 6 goes up against the supercharged S4’s V6. Natural competitors.

    • says:

      you are right these comparisons are really dumb !!! who would buy a pretender VW when you can buy a real product, then comes reliability , this VW in Germany does not have a good record and even in England has not scored well (motor problems and electrical) in England for example its even mentioned on the high end Cars because its a VW and will be forever , managers want to be seen in an Exclusive car ! BMW

      • Bob Smith says:

        I have a 335i e92, and love it to death, but the BMW is no way exclusive. The S-line of cars from Audi are way more rare. I wouldn’t be surprised if price is part of it, but lets try and be objective here. The S4 and S5 are pretty awesome.

  9. Mateo says:

    i expected this result
    audi is more powerfull, audi has optional diff, audi costs a lot more.
    and it is stupid comparison because bmw is NORLMAL model while s4 i SPORT oriented car.

    and main thing – f30 new model is 328i, new engine, gearbox while 335i is same as e90

  10. mwoi2002 says:

    Really surprised by the BMW’s mediocre braking. Must be the tires.

    Audi front ends, particularly the grille, are so ugly… I’d never buy one.

  11. Not-any-more BMW fan says:

    There are some fools around here who are more than just subjective and dare to say that the 335i is equal to the almighty S4. Go and cure your sight, kids.

  12. Bogdan says:

    very poor braking BMW. Why? it takes 23 feet more thean the audi( more than 7 meters) it’s huge….20% longer than S4??????

  13. Mase says:

    IMO, this isn’t a fair comparison. What happened to the Audi A4 3.2? that should be compared to the 335i and the S4 should be bumped up to the 335iS/ or the M3 if they’re not gonna make a RS4 version. Like the 335iS vs. S4? Doesn’t make sense to me…

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