Edumunds Drive Review: 2014 BMW 335i GT

3-Series | March 15th, 2013 by 2
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Edmunds reviews the 2014 BMW 335i GT, one of the models that will make its way across the pond. The 335i GT makes use of …

Edmunds reviews the 2014 BMW 335i GT, one of the models that will make its way across the pond. The 335i GT makes use of the 3.0 liter turbocharged twin-scroll engine producing 225 kW/306 hp and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft). Official numbers say that the 335i GT runs from 0 to 62 mph in just 5.4 seconds, while the fuel consumption is rated at 30.5 MPG (7.7 liters per 100 kilometers).

But how does the 335i GT handle itself on the road? We put its bigger brother 550i GT on the track back in 2010 and it has not disappointed us.

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A Sharp-Handling Hatchback

And you can feel this balance on the road. The 335i arcs into bends with a confident zeal that’s heightened by our car’s optional sport steering gear and its quicker-acting rack. Even with the adaptive dampers at their softest setting, the GT’s body control is kept well in check.

Our test 2014 BMW 335i GT’s optional 19-inch rims, which do a great job of filling out its arches, doubtless heighten this agility, which steps up a notch when you engage Sport via the rocker on the center console. It stirs the engine and gearbox to greater efforts, even though they hardly felt lazy in the standard setting.

The turbocharged straight-6 revs with an even, eager urge that climbs unabated to 7,000 rpm before upshifting, and with a smooth-pumping beat that makes you want to do it all again. This engine isn’t quite the electrically smooth revver that Munich sixes have been in the past, as there’s too much of a mildly coarse roar for that, but it’s tuneful enough to make you want it over a four, and it’s plenty quick. BMW claims a 0-60-mph time of 5.4 seconds and a 155-mph top speed.

And the chassis is good enough to encourage such wanton behavior. Tight damping, strong body composure and fine chassis balance make this a car you’ll enjoy swooping about in, even if your passengers might not thank you.

There are some blemishes in the GT’s behavior, though, both of them ride-related. Sharp-edged lumps generate loud thumps in the cabin that are a bit unexpected. Crests can be its undoing, too, as the suspension sometimes sends the car into a curious vertical bounce that’s particularly emphatic at the rear. All of which is a surprise, since the 3 Series sedan suffers neither of these issues.

Full review at Edmunds

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