BMW confirmed details of the more powerful version of the recently revealed 2010 3-Series Coupe and Convertible, or in short, the 335is. A couple of weeks ago the Bavarian company released a sport variant of the Z4 roadster with the ‘is’ badge, so it must be targeted to those who are not satisfied with the performance of regular models, but don’t have the money to buy a fully fledged M-powered model!
The new 335is gets the same N54 turbocharged inline-6 engine as in the normal model but it’s tweaked to deliver 20 more horsepower. This 3.0 liter unit generates 320 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque and is equipped with the 7-speed Double Clutch Transmission (DCT). There’s also a new Launch Control option available for you to order, if you doubt your own driving skills!
According to BMW, the 335is Coupe does 0-60mph in 5 seconds flat with the DCT gearbox and in 5.1 seconds with the manual. This number is 5.2 seconds for the convertible variant. They also say that both model’s fuel economy remains the same as the standard 335i.
These models also come with a new sport exhaust system which is said to be specially tuned to focus on the low frequency “rumble” sounds that are most enjoyed with the windows (or the Convertible’s retractable hard top) lowered! It is also designed to minimize the restriction of exhaust gas flow, which is always important for a turbocharged powerplant.
As for the looks, the 335i comes with a M-Sport package which has M3-inspired bumpers with big air intakes, gloss black wing mirrors as well as grille surrounds in the same color, 18-inch wheels (19-inch optional), a body-color rear diffuser and some 335is badges. The interior is also upgraded with M Sport steering wheel, sport seats, anthracite headliner, M door sills, M driver’s footrest, M gearshift knob, and high-quality stainless steel sport pedals.
Apparently the car will make its debut at this year’s New York Auto Show.
Now some history lesson on BMW’s ” S ” badge! Check it out:
The “s” was first seen by North Americans on the original BMW 3 Series, which was imported from 1977-1983. The 1980 BMW 320is included the most desirable 3 Series equipment, including Recaro sport seats, sport steering wheel, halogen high-beams, sunroof, dual color-keyed wing mirrors, anti-sway bars, exterior aerodynamic enhancements, and cross-spoke light-alloy wheels. Later in the1980s, the BMW 3 Series and 5 Series were each available as “s” models, including the BMW 325es, 325is, and 535is. Again, sticking with a proven formula, BMW gave the “s” models enhanced aerodynamics, sport suspension, on-board computer (OBC) and Check Control, sport leather seats, and other features. Early last decade, the original BMW X5 Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) was available twice as an “s” model, first as the BMW X5 4.6is and then as the BMW X5 4.8is. The “s” model SAVs brought even further enhancement in the form of increased power from their modified V-8 engines.
As the newest “s” model, therefore, the 2011 BMW 335is follows its lineage by offering stunning looks, more power, and a raft of functional, performance-inspired equipment tailored to suit the enthusiast driver.