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2011 BMW 335i Coupe

2011 BMW 335i Coupe

2011 BMW 335i Coupe

DAMASCUS, Md. (MarketWatch) — Crimson red with a cream beige interior, the subject of this weekend’s road test turned heads and induced smiles.

 

“Now that is one that I would spend my own money for,” said our younger-generation parking garage attendant/car buff as he broke into a wide smile. That was not an insignificant comment since he sees virtually all of the test vehicles.

“That is one pretty car,” said the man fueling up his SUV next to the BMW here in Damascus.

And so it was throughout the week. Somewhat amazing actually, in that the basic design of the 3-series BMW hasn’t changed much in recent times.

In fact the major change in the 2011 model is not visible until you open the hood and see the new turbocharged 3.0 liter six. It develops 300 horsepower at 5,800 rpm with peak torque of 300 lb-ft from 1,200 to 5,000 rpm with a 7,000 rpm red line. Our test car was EPA rated at 19-25 mpg of premium petrol. I got 22 mpg.

BMW claims that the new engine burns cleaner, and produces better gas mileage than the previous turbo six. And it is about 150 pounds lighter; no bad thing since reducing automobile weight is the top goal of designers these days in order to improve gas mileage while enhancing performance.

The maker quotes a zero to 60 time with the 6-speed manual of 5.3 seconds and I have no quibble. There is no real “get acquainted” time needed with this smooth gearbox and lightweight clutch. You become just about instant friends.

Top speed is 130 miles per hour, and that increases to 150 if you check the optional sport package.
On your must-drive list

For years, yours truly has preached to anyone who would listen that there are a handful of cars they ought to drive in their lifetime. Any BMW makes the list. There is simply no other car that hugs the road and induces such confidence that it is up to any sane task and several that border on the insane.

It takes a line in a sharp bend and sticks to the road like the tires were emitting Gorilla Glue. The test car had the standard equipment sport suspension that was as fine a blend of ride comfort and superior handling as you will find anywhere.

BMW 335i Coupe

BMW’s classic interior was a comfortable place for two. Adults should not be relegated to the rear seats, simply due to the lack of room and the wiggles that one must endure to get there, same as most any coupe.

But front luxury touches abound with the standard dark burl walnut wood trim. If that doesn’t do it for you, there are two other kinds of wood available along with aluminum trim.

Fit and finish was outstanding. The optional sport seats will lock you into place like that overbearing long lost aunt who hasn’t seen you in years. Side support is easily adjustable and probably will give a good indication, over time, of whether your diet is working

Source: marketwatch

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