The launch of BMW’s new twin-turbo 335i is the opening shot in a new German horsepower war. However, this war is not being waged between the major German manufacturers, but within the confines of BMW’s own stable.
The 335i feels very quick to us, and should easily beat BMW’s predicted 0-60 time of 5.4 seconds. Its torque curve is a work of art, with peak torque on tap as early as 1400 rpm! The car boasts 300 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque, which BMW touts as a “+75 hp and +86 lb-ft improvement over the 2006 330Ci.” But what’s really got us on the edge of our seats is how the 335i will stack up against the 2007 M3, which will sport a V8 for the first time in 3 Series history. When tuners finally get their paws on the new twin-turbo six, any BMW model not packing a V-10 is going to have a real fight on its hands.
With the V8 M3 evolving into a more direct competitor to Porsche’s 911 and Audi’s RS4 as well as Mercedes-Benz’s CLK550, the 335i is well-positioned to succeed its big brother as the top dog of inline-sixes. The inline-six and the 3 Series have been inseparable longer than this writer has been alive, and we at Roadfly applaud BMW for continuing that tradition with the new 335i.
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