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      12-07-2010, 05:11 PM   #1
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Cool 2011 335is Track Tested by Inside Line

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from Insideline: http://blogs.insideline.com/straight...5is-coupe.html

Inside Line tests hundreds of vehicles a year. Cars, trucks, SUVs, we run them all, and the numbers always tell a story. With that in mind we present "IL Track Tested," a quick rundown of all the data we collect at the track, along with comments direct from the test drivers. Enjoy.

For 2011, BMW announced an almost across-the-board replacement of the fan-favorite N54 twin-turbo inline-6 with the single, twin-scroll turbocharged N55 motor. And while the standard-issue 335 joins the ranks of N55 converts, the hi-po 2011 BMW 335is retains the twin-turbo motor, but bumps turbo boost from 8.7 to 11.6 psi. It also has an intercooled and overboost function that lets the twin-turbos spool up 14.5 psi for as long as 7 seconds, raising the torque from 332 pound-feet at 1,500 rpm to 370.

But this power comes at a price: This test unit rings up at $57,450 -- nearly $1,000 less than a 2011 BMW M3 coupe, and $2,500 more than an M3 sedan. So, is it worth it?

Vehicle: 2011 BMW 335is Coupe

Odometer: 2,612
Date: 10/26/2010
Driver: Chris Walton
Price: $57,450


Specifications:
Drive Type: Rear-wheel drive
Transmission Type: Six-speed manual
Engine Type: Inline-6
Displacement (cc/cu-in): 2,979/181.8
Redline (rpm): 7,000
Horsepower (hp @ rpm): 320 @ 5,900 rpm
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm): 332 @ 1,500 rpm ( 370 with overboost function)
Brake Type (front): 13.7-inch ventilated discs with single-piston sliding calipers
Brake Type (rear): 13.3-inch ventilated discs with single-piston sliding calipers
Suspension Type (front): MacPherson strut, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Suspension Type (rear): Multilink, coil springs, stabiizer bar

Wheel size 18-by-8 inches front -- 18-by-8.5 inches rear
Tire Size (front): 225/40R18 88W
Tire Size (rear): 255/35R18 90W
Tire Brand: Bridgestone
Tire Model: Potenza RE050A I
Tire Type: Summer Performance
As tested Curb Weight (lb): 3,510


Test Results:
0-30 (sec): 2.0
0-45 (sec): 3.5
0-60 (sec): 5.0
0-75 (sec): 7.3
1/4-Mile (sec @ mph): 13.3 @ 104.6
0-60 with 1-ft Rollout (sec): 4.7
30-0 (ft): 27
60-0 (ft): 111
Slalom (mph): 67.2 (66.0 stability control on)
Skid Pad Lateral acceleration (g): 0.91g ( 0.85g stability control on )

Db @ Idle: 46.9
Db @ Full Throttle: 92.8
Db @ 70 mph Cruise: 72.4

Acceleration: I thought I had the best run in the bag, but tried a more clutch-intensive launch and found nearly 3/10ths from 0-30 that carried on. A couple botched 1-2 shifts revealed that it doesn't like to be hurried -- too bad, they never used to care. I like the raspy new exhaust, but wish the shift lever was taller and the seat was lower and the steering wheel telescoped. Minimal heat sink.

Braking: Solid pedal, undramatic and fade-free stops from first to fifth. Typical BMW 3 Series here.

Handling: Skid pad: Excellent adjustability and balance, and plenty of grip but there's stubborn understeer at the limits. Steering weight is welcome and it's also precise as expected. With ESC on, the brakes begin dabbing well below the ultimate limit.

Slalom: This car has a singular slalom technique and minor deviations from it (though entertaining and rewarding) ultimately result in a slower pass. So, it wants/demands a very tight and tidy line, close to the cones, with "maintenance" throttle. With ESC on, the car ceases to rotate and as a result is slower, less entertaining and less rewarding.


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      12-07-2010, 11:37 PM   #2
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Interesting, it sounds like a Porsche flat six sometimes.
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      12-08-2010, 12:35 AM   #3
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is that just the PE exhaust or different? If different than can I get the part number and just order it and it will fit?
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      12-08-2010, 12:47 AM   #4
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Dang 335is FTW! Just imagine it with a couple of tunes here and there.
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      12-08-2010, 01:16 AM   #6
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How did the car get more HP and become slower in 0-60 time? The 2007 335i did the same sprint with Inside Line in 4.8 seconds....
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13.3 @ 104.6? My 135i did 13.3 @ 106 stock, granted the weight reduction but the 335is should have more power.
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      12-08-2010, 01:58 AM   #8
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I don't care about the numbers..I want those angels for my M3!
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thanks to whoever edited my post for my lazy self
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I don't care about the numbers..I want those angels for my M3!
is it even possible? I would like to do the same . .
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Sounds about right... Car and Driver got 0-60 in 4.6 and 13.3@108. I think earlier in the year edmunds tested a regular 335 and got 0-60 in 5.2 seconds, so sounds about right.
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are those factory angels? Looks nice!
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Since when does the steering wheel not telescope?
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I don't understand what they mean by: "But this power comes at a price: This test unit rings up at $57,450 -- nearly $1,000 less than a 2011 BMW M3 coupe, and $2,500 more than an M3 sedan. So, is it worth it?"
Do they mean that 335is is fully loaded and being compared to a base M3?
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emmm why so slow??
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      12-08-2010, 05:52 AM   #16
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For those complaining that it's slow, take note that this car is a manual, and the driver was unhappy with the shift lever. This adds up to the driver not shifting as quickly, hence the slower times. I'll bet the dct would shave off a few tenths.
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are those factory angels? Looks nice!
Yeah, they're.

I don't think the reviewer cared too much for the car. I understand it's not for everyone, but it's funny that he compares an optioned iS with base M3s. Anyways, I love the car and that's all that matters.
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That is about what I would expect in terms of performance. However, I would go E90 M3 over it.
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I don't understand what they mean by: "But this power comes at a price: This test unit rings up at $57,450 -- nearly $1,000 less than a 2011 BMW M3 coupe, and $2,500 more than an M3 sedan. So, is it worth it?"
Do they mean that 335is is fully loaded and being compared to a base M3?
Yeah, kinda odd comparing 'as tested' pricing to base pricing!
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That is about what I would expect in terms of performance. However, I would go E90 M3 over it.

I agree! They seem to be a "everyman" type of test group as opposed to the more race focused mags. Gives you an idea of what most drivers will experience.
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