The 335i is primarily personified by its incredible twin-turbo engine. The turbos spool up fast and provide breathtaking acceleration at will. Once above 4,000 RPM, the engine positively screams, launching you into illegal speeds. Large and effective binders haul you down fast. But the car truly comes alive carving up mountain roads. There is plenty of torque and engine flexibility to flog the car in 2nd gear going up your favorite road. Truly addictive, it is in its element on back roads and is likely an ideal track car.
With respect to measured acceleration times, other publications have cited 0-60 times in 4.8 seconds. Due to too much wheel-spin at launch, we were only able to muster 5.3 seconds. But this is dramatically quicker than the Ford Mustang Bullitt that sounds and feels quicker; we were only able to register 5.7 seconds for the Mustang.
Gas mileage was about the same as the Mustang; averaged 16.6 mpg. Not terrific in these days of $4+ gallon gas.
For the most part, the 335i was an amazingly great handling car. Dissecting mountain passes demonstrated the lack of body roll and tremendous power of the engine. The car truly dances through the curves, weighting and un-weighting perfectly while the ultra-responsive throttle guides you out of turns. Steering weight was perfect.
One nit-as with previous generation BMW’s, there isn’t a lot of direct feedback to the steering wheel of the road surface, but this is a small drawback compared to the overall handling excellence.
While the car has positive greatness in handling and power, the styling was neither here nor there for me. It wasn’t super attractive but it isn’t “ugly” either. It looks like a generic 3-series with no boy-racer mods to hint at the performance lurking beneath. In some ways that’s good – makes for a perfect sleeper car. But in other ways, it would be nice if it looked a bit more “sporting”. For instance, the new 1-series has a more aggressive stance which better personifies the performance potential.
At $46,000 as tested, this is an expensive car, $10,000 more than a loaded Audi A4 and nearly as much as the sportier Audi S4’s. The Lexus IS 350 is also ~$10k cheaper but doesn’t have the power and handling. Both Audi and Lexus interiors might get the edge in quality materials but lack the handling, power, and balance of this car.
If you love to drive aggressively, the 335i will reward you with an incredible engine and fantastic handling that gets better the harder you push it. What other car seats 4, rips 0-60 in around 5 seconds, and handles as if on rails for less than $50,000? Given that criteria, it is hard to beat. And if you like the concept of a “sleeper” that can out –run 90% of the cars out there, it’s very appealing.
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|2008 BMW 335i Sedan Review
By Twain Mein
“Carving mountain passes demonstrated the lack of body roll and tremendous power of the engine. The car truly dances through the curves…”
|The official BMW of North America website – www.bmwusa.com|
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