2012 BMW 335is Convertible: Budget M3 with better MPG?

LOCATION SPOTTED: Harbor Marina (Springs)

LOCATION SPOTTED: Harbor Marina (Springs)

Performance:

  • Acceleration 0 to 60: 5.1 sec convertible, 4.7 sec coupe
  • Quarter Mile: 13.3 sec coupe, 13.7 sec convertible
  • Braking 60 to 0: 111 feet coupe, 114 feet convertible
  • Slalom: 67.2 mph coupe, 66.0 mph convertible
  • Skidpad: 0.91 g both

Harbor Marina has recently become a true haven for exotic sports cars, however, this particular selection for this blog entry, is somewhat more obscure and kind of like a wolf in sheeps clothing to the untrained eye. The 335 is arguably the best small sports sedan ever.  It maintains a unique level of performance that simply can’t be matched by competetors (unless extra cash is spent i.e. Audi S4). In recent years, cars like the Audi S4 have become better, faster, and cheaper than ever before. This shoots up red flags to the eyes of BMW engineers, causing them to create a better competitor to challenge the S4. Enter, the 335is.

Some will argue that the M3 already competes with the Audi S4 and also the Infiniti G37 IPL, but not anymore. You see, ever since the introduction of the new E90, 92 M3 in 2008 and E93 in 2009, each of which with a 414 hp V8 engine, in place of the E46 M3’s 333 hp inline six, The M3 is one step above the competition, and the 335i is just on the edge of the mark. The 335is with a 20 hp bump in power and a 30 lb ft increase in torque helps fill that void in the 3-series line.

In a nutshell, the 335is has some of the major performance improvements from the M3, including transmission, suspension, and steering (the brakes and engine are not carried over).  There are also a few cosmetic improvements as well, including numerous “335is” badges indicating that this is not a regular 335i, and a bespoke front bumber difuser that makes even an M-Sport 335i look like a simpleton (well, not quite but it is still cooler than normal). The 335is makes the best compromise between outright performance and practicality. It gets 18/26 (city/highway) mpg which is only 1-2 mpg worse than the standard 335i, and it crushes the Infiniti G37 IPL in the sprint to 60 mph, even though it has 30 more horsepower (at 350 hp). This 335is has a tremendous sense of uniqueness from subtle interior touches to minor performance tweeks, this car is like a svelt punch to the faces of Audi and Infiniti.

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