Posted By RichC on February 20, 2007
Motorweek showcased the new 2007 BMW 335i on its program in this weeks broadcast. Their first impression was the usual for the BMW 3 series … they liked it … me too. From the improved economy (staff recorded 30 mpg on a road trip — premium fuel) in a car that can comfortably cruise twisties or highways, to a car that can wiggle through the cones the way a German car is suppose too.
New for 2007, along with design tweaks, is the boost of both horsepower and torque using two variable vane turbos in the 3.0 liter in-line 6 cylinder. The new power launches the non-M series BMW to 60 MPH in 5.3 seconds! Transmissions for the 335i are a manual or paddle shifter automatics. (one tenth slower 0-60) One unique feature to the coupe is the “seat belt feeder arm” — quirky but will probably be appreciated by the aging ‘baby boomer’ buyers? As usual though, the sedan is going to set you back at least $40K while the sharp looking coupe a bit more. There are times I’m tempted to give up on waiting for BMW diesel to show up in the US, and if I do … the 335i will be one of the first cars I test drive.