When the 2007 BMW 335i coupe arrives in showrooms on September 1, it will be the first gasoline-powered Bimmer in a generation to incorporate a turbocharger. With a sleek, newly designed body, the 300-horsepower 335i is the most powerful non-M3-series BMW coupe ever, and is also the most high-tech. Driving the sport-tuned 335i is a pleasure: bucket loads of torque in each gear are made usable by precise steering and magnetic handling. Our tester was equipped with the optional Sport package, which gave us sport seats with power-adjustable backrest width, 18-inch alloy wheels with W-rated run-flat tires, and an increased limited top speed of 155mph. Also available is the Cold Weather package, which adds a headlight cleaning system, heated front seats with expanded heating area, and a ski bag. (We venture to suggest, however, that those wishing to muck around in the new 3-series coupe in the snow wait for the launch of the all-wheel-drive new 328xi later this year.)
The 2007 BMW 335i coupe features a new twin-turbocharged engine that puts out 300 horsepower, which makes for the ultimate driving machine. We found it to be an extremely responsive and pleasing car, with none of the turbo lag associated with turbochargers. Meanwhile, the 328xi features all-wheel drive, which enhances traction in wet or snowy weather. A new convertible with a retracting hardtop and the next ultra-high-performance M3 are anticipated for launch in calendar year 2007.
The 2007 BMW 335i coupe is distinctly more feminine in its body design than its ancestors. A short front overhang and slanted headlights give it a hint of aggression, but a longer wheelbase and hood than the outgoing 3-series coupe and subtly flared fenders give the body style a more flowing profile.
The numbers we got from our track test of the 2007 BMW 335i coupe are strong. It got to 60 mph in 4.91 seconds, which is faster than not only the IS 350 and the G35 S sedan but the last Audi A4 we tested, too. Quarter-mile times also placed the BMW ahead on the drag strip.
2007 BMW 335i Coupe. Click image to enlarge