Ever since the BMW 335i was introduced to us in 2007, BMW fans and anyone who loved a good turbocharged motor went running to buy one. Now, almost 4 years on, the 335is has come out to please those who were always looking for a bit more from the 3-Series chassis.
The 335is packs 320hp at 5,900 rpm and 332lb-ft of torque from 1,500-5,000 rpm, modified from the stock N54 3.0L twin-turbo inline-6 motor. With an overboost function, similar to that of the Z4 sDrive35is, torque is increased to 370lb-ft. The overboost function kicks in more around higher engine speeds to help aid straight-line speed.
The biggest things that have been changed and updated with the 335is coupe and convertible are aerodynamics, engine power, the offering of a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox, exhaust, LED taillights and corona rings, among blacked out grills, shadowline trim and side mirrors, as well as other aesthetic goodies.
BMW has updated the front fascia of the 335is with a wider mouth to feed more air, but also they’ve moved the fog lamps more to the sides to add more openings to feed lots more air into the engine. To use the extra air properly, BMW has fitted an additional radiator behind the left-front air intake, along with a more powerful electric cooling fan. An oil cooling pan has been added opposite of the second radiator, as well. The engine mounts that hold the 335i in place well enough are gone for even stronger units on the 335is, to ensure maximum performance under the heavier loads and conditions that the ‘is’ can cope with.
If you’d like a full readout of what has been down -which I’ve pretty much covered here- you can check out my Just The Facts article I did over at BMWBLOG.
Pricing for the 335is coupe is $50,525 including Destination fees and $59,075 including destination for the convertible version.
[Photos taken by: Shawn Molnar]