At higher speeds, the noninterventionism of the active steering feels just right, with a light, direct touch and good feedback. When ordered with the available sport package on the 335i Coupe, steering wheel mounted shift paddles are included, maximizing the sporting potential of the automatic. Tak¬ing a seat behind the wheel, the driver will immediately focus on a newly design¬ed instrument cluster which includes an oil temperature gauge positioned below the tachometer. This new high-performance engine gives the light, aerodynam¬ically sculpted Coupe truly outstanding acceleration and flexibility on the road. While the shoulder line rises slightly but consistently from front to rear, the character line flows in a long, stretched arch all the way from the front fender to the taillights. Occupants also get to enjoy a louder version of the 335i's engine soundtrack when the top is down; the twin-turbo inline-six, in tandem with the dual exhaust system, makes a sweet sound.
By adjusting the steering ratio, steering angle and power assistance to the speed of the car, Active Steering enables the driver to maneuver the 3 Series Coupe with minimum effort when parking and keep the car precisely on track at higher speeds. The powerdome on the hood foretells the performance potential which lies beneath. Instead of turbo lag followed by a high-end rush, the 335i feels like a large-displacement, normally aspirated engine. Featuring two turbochargers each supplying compressed air to three cylinders, the new turbocharged engine offers a new standard of spontaneity and responsiveness. Send Mike an Hide full review.
Aside from the turbo engine's much bigger punch — an aside not to be taken lightly — the biggest dynamic distinction between the 328i and 335i is in braking, thanks to the 335's heftier rotors. They're inside an all-aluminum block with cast-iron liners that cut cylinder bore by 1. This car is so tactile and the stick so central to maintaining the rhythm of driving fast that you'll feel like a downhill skier without his poles if you don't have a clutch pedal. The emphasis on individual style, dynamic performance and exclusivity continues within the interior. To enhance this efficiency to an even higher level, the turbochargers are made of a particularly heat-resistant material which makes them immune to high exhaust gas temperatures in the interest of a fuel-efficient combustion process particularly under full load. Understeer is prevalent in the tight stuff, and shows itself again through fast corners when you're really getting on with it. That doesn't leave much space for things you might want to bring with you on a top-down cross-country drive, but if the rear seats aren't in use, the backrest can fold down to make a parcel shelf.
The problem is they look awful and the driver misses out on the full drop-top experience because the header rail is so close to their head. While fast, responsive gear changes can make driving more fun, the optimized selection of the appropriate gear for all driving conditions helps to reduce fuel consumption. The advantages over a conventional turbocharged engine are not only clearly measurable, but also easy to feel on the road. Its structure is tailored to improve agility, safety and comfort while also contributing to overall vehicle efficiency. While the 335i Coupe is no M3, it produces enough excitement for all but the most hardcore enthusiasts. And while coupe rear seats are often only for insurance-reduction purposes, those in the 335i are surprisingly usable for shorter grown-ups. Where the system did excel in use was its adoption of one of the more advanced Bluetooth profiles, which allowed portions of our Treo 650's call favorites and history to be copied into the car's memory.
The design of taillights is also unique to the new 3 Series Coupe. We had a chance to put a 335i through its paces in an all-too-brief tour of the Austrian Tirol near Innsbruck and emerged with three major impressions. The interior is familiar, with rich leathers and quality construction. The 335i Coupe accelerates from 0 — 60 mph in just 5. Editor's note: This review covers the 335i retractable-hardtop convertible; for Cars. Here again, the focus is on the actual driving experience. There's a seriousness to its front end that helps commu.
That ought to solve some math problems. Together they provide a margin of safety for any situation in which the car might reach the limits of driving physics. Good thing it's an option on the 335i and 328i coupes, just as in 3 Series sedans. Over and above the basic shape of the car and its elegant lines, the graphic design of the headlights, the detail of the rear taillights, the interior and even the exterior mirrors were specifically crafted for the new Coupe. In the event of a collision, the use of high-strength steel in critical areas, together with the exactly defined deformation zones, ensures effec¬tive absorption and, respectively, transfer of forces acting on the body of the car. The flare of the fender around the wheel also serves to give the character line extra tension in both an upward and outward direction.
The Inside The convertible cabin is nearly identical to the coupe's, with premium materials throughout and a clean-looking appearance. This is why particularly powerful engines and new chassis control systems regularly make their debut in a coupe. Over and above the basic shape of the car and its elegant lines, the graphic design of the headlights, the detail of the rear taillights, the interior and even the exterior mirrors were specifically crafted for the new Coupe. The cylinder head cover and the bedplate are also made of aluminum. The various properties of different types of steel and other materials are used to best effect. Redesign shows mercy on everybody's favorite car. Maintaining the classic proportions that have distinguished 3-series coupes since 1991, it all adds up to a look that's simultaneously sophisticated and aggressive.
Comfort for rear seat passengers is further enhanced by the center console which includes inpidual storage boxes with a cov¬er on top, additional air outlet vents and footwell lights. Designed for responsiveness, the new automatic enhances driving dynamics without sacrificing fuel efficiency. It was well worth the effort, as the 335i is one of the best-looking retractable hardtops available today. Top-Down Performance The retractable-hardtop roof is made of steel, and its three sections stack on top of each other in the trunk. The standard Tire Pressure Monitor gives plenty of warning and alerts the driver when the pressure of any tire falls 30 percent below the ideal level.