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      10-09-2007, 07:49 PM   #1
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E90 335i vs. E60 550i

First of all, I'm not an avid street traffic dodging racer. I was having some fun slapping around a 545i when we rolled up to a 550i, gorgeous car, black on dark tint. It was all three of us at the light filling up all three lanes, the 545i, 335i, and 550i. I was surprised by the 550i actually running me off the line because I was not expecting him to floor it. He stomped on it so I stood on it and gained back a half car length of the full length he took on me when he caught me by surprise. We ran even (I was at 90 percent throttle) through second gear and I began walking once I hit third (it seems like the 335i has a real solid 3rd gear, lots of raw torque at the bottom end) when he shut it down around 80 mph, maybe a little higher. We did a few rolls (unofficial, no beeping) where he never passed me. Finally, we got up to another light when a 30 year old business man rolled his window down and we complemented each other's car, him saying how surprised and impressed he was with the 335i.

I am completely bone stock and I did not launch off the line nor did I go right when he did. I am surprised by how quick this car is off the line and wanted to say how beautiful a car this is...it was certainly something special to me having three new BMWs lined up at a light together. Anybody run a 550i with your 335i stock? He was stock, too. I didn't really get a chance to run him to where the 335i shines best in the mid-range. I've noticed I've walked a lot of cars that are a close 1st and 2nd gear race when I've hit third. I am stepstronic and was using DS and paddles. Those Germans build a fine car!!! It's funny about a 335i owner drooling over the 550i while the 550i owner was drooling over the 335i.
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      10-09-2007, 08:03 PM   #2
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The 335 is an amazing peice of engineering! Its amazing what this car can keep up with and what not. Im still in the break-in period but once Im done I cant wait to take it to redline and shift with the shifters
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      10-09-2007, 08:05 PM   #3
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I drove the 550. Awesome car. But I personaly think the 335 is more aggressive. Alot more?? I dont think but definately more torqey.
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      10-09-2007, 08:11 PM   #4
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There's no doubt our cars stock will beat 650i and 550i stock as I was starting to walk on him once I hit (what I think) is some of the most impressive torque bands our cars have (mid range). I wasn't even all the way down and it's too bad he backed off. Our cars are definitely quicker once you get up to speed. I am aware of just how quick the 335s are, but I was impressed with the ability of the 550i to hold its own against the 335i for a while. Definitely fine pieces of machinery. I was for sure I'd tear him a new (insert word of choice), but that car got it more than I figured. XEDE/PROcede is not even a competition. I feel the chip just puts the car into a whole different class once the chip is on.
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      10-09-2007, 08:15 PM   #5
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Even the 535 is faster than the 550i from 50-70. Personally I'd rather have a 535, then a 550, then a 335, but, I'd never spend the 58k or 70k for the other two cars. 335 is serious bang-for-buck. Infiniti owners don't think so, but we're talking about real performance, engineering, all all that other stuff that comes with the Ultimate Driving Machine.
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Even the 535 is faster than the 550i from 50-70. Personally I'd rather have a 535, then a 550, then a 335, but, I'd never spend the 58k or 70k for the other two cars. 335 is serious bang-for-buck. Infiniti owners don't think so, but we're talking about real performance, engineering, all all that other stuff that comes with the Ultimate Driving Machine.
I agree completely. As a former Infiniti G-35 driver, there is no comparison between Infinity and BMW. At the limits, the G-35 is unstable and is disconnected from the road. The BMW is not. No comparison between the two for what I would call "real performance", regardless of straight line performance (which the 335 i also wins).
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      10-09-2007, 08:34 PM   #7
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I traded my Gs400 for a E90 335i. Most people think why do you downgrade yourself to such a smaller car? After test drove the 335i, I can say the acceleration of 335i was much more fun than driving a huge heavy luxury sedan. Why waste the horse power on those un-necessary weight? I walked into the dealership to buy an 550i but walked out with a e90 335i, any explanations?i
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      10-09-2007, 08:42 PM   #8
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I just wish I got the same start as he did...would have been toast.
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      10-09-2007, 08:43 PM   #9
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hey Jacob....congrats...I'm a new 335 owner too. There is a local meet in Austin this Friday evening if you're not doing anything. PM me if you are interested.
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      10-09-2007, 10:21 PM   #10
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I lapped a 550i in less than 15 minutes at my last BMW DE event at GIR.
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