The 335i Coupe accelerates from 0 — 60 mph in just 5. Despite the use of plastic front fenders, the 335i weighs 97 more pounds than the outgoing 330i sedan and carries a larger percentage of its weight over the front wheels. Chassis and suspension: where power becomes performance. Beginning this fall these merits will become available to Coupe drivers for the first time. Without the nav and iDrive, the 335i benefits from a clean interior design with easily sussed radio and climate controls. The converter occasionally unlocks with a noticeable jolt while rolling to a stop, and accelerating from low speeds, where one expects a bit of rubber-banding from the converter, can instead yield a jerky start, but one would quickly get used to this.
The buyer who chooses a Coupe wants a car that satisfies their demand for elegant looks as well as driving dynamics. Using the wind blocker, heated seats, and climate-control system, the 3 Series convertible delivers quiet, comfortable, topdown motoring in sunny weather at temps as low as 40 degrees. This sense of urgency continues all the way to the electronically-limited top speed of 150 mph, when equipped with sport package. The powerdome on the hood foretells the performance potential which lies beneath. Featuring high-precision fuel injection, the engine boasts a highly sophisticated and advanced direct fuel injection system. Even more than its predecessor, the new 3 Series Coupe stands out from its Sedan counterpart through its distinctive design.
Except as expressly authorized by automobile-catalog. The designers' objective was to give the new 3 Series Coupe a balanced and harmonious look. From there on, it behaves like a naturally aspirated 7000-rev engine with 10. They're just as firm, too. The flare of the fender around the wheel also serves to give the character line extra tension in both an upward and outward direction. A 6-speed automatic with steptronic manual shifting is optional, with 50-percent-quicker reactions than before. The driving position is exemplary, with the steering wheel adjustable so that it falls to hand at just the right angle.
We took our manual 335i tester on a spirited spin up the coast of Northern California, and we have to admit to being suitably impressed. The frontal, hip, side airbags along with curtain-type Head Protection System, belt latch tensioners and belt force limiters are activated by sensor-controlled electronic safety systems as a function of the type and severity of a collision. The question is, does this new retractable hardtop have the great dynamics of the 335i coupe? After all, the driver opting for a coupe is a truly discerning driver looking for the ultimate driving experience. Both the shoulder line and character line stretch uninterrupted to the back of the car, allowing one's eye to move quickly and smoothly from front to rear along the entire length of the car. This extremely efficient increase in power and performance is attributable in large part to gasoline direct injection. Surprisingly, it seemed easier and more intuitive. The convertible also has Brake Fade Compensation and Start-Off Assistant, the latter of which will hold the car briefly when on an incline to prevent it from rolling backward after taking your foot off the brake pedal.
Must weigh a bit compared with the old model? Together they provide a margin of safety for any situation in which the car might reach the limits of driving physics. Dynamic Brake Control automatically maximizes brake pressure whenever required in an emergency stop. The climate-control system also switches to a top-down mode that redistributes airflow and relies more on the outside-temp and sun sensors than the interior temperature monitors. The light contour edge on the door and side panels, which runs from the door pillar all the way to the rear passenger area, creates a particularly warm, indirect lighting effect. Centrally masterminded restraint and support systems within the passenger compartment ensure individual occupant safety tailored for any contingency. One cannot overlook the new 328i Coupe with its normally-aspirated inline six-cylinder engine. One of the most unique interior tech features of the 335i is its automatic seat-belt presenter--a mechanical arm that deploys to serve up the seat belt to driver and front passenger each time they enter the car.
You do not acquire ownership rights to any content, document or other materials viewed through the site. It has proven its merits, in terms of agility and safety, in the ten models currently offered with xDrive in the U. Designed for responsiveness, the new automatic enhances driving dynamics without sacrificing fuel efficiency. The steering is every bit as direct and telepathic, allowing an unfamiliar driver to acclimate right away and explore intuitively the limits of its adhesion. This ensures maximum brake power even under the toughest conditions, without requiring the driver to exert any higher pressure. With the hood extending beyond the headlights as such, the characteristic four round headlights appear to have been cut-off at the top creating a sense of powerful, concentrated focus. Impressive standard and optional equipment.
The flare of the fender around the wheel also serves to give the character line extra tension in both an upward and outward direction. The new 3 Series Coupe will come standard in the U. Brake Standby positions the brakes closer to the discs after sudden lift off of the accelerator pedal to further reduce stopping distances in an emergency. However, the marketeers seem to have been telling the truth: aside from the odd sporadic twitch when pushing the gears into high revs, which could have been the variable valve timing kicking in, we have to report that turbo performance in the 335i is , if not seamless, then very smooth indeed. The flare of the fender around the wheel also serves to give the character line extra tension in both an upward and outward direction. .
Interaction with the three-dimensional kidney frame creates a look of power and unique style. The bulkhead support is made of innovative multi-phase steel offering outstanding strength and stability even on thin-gauge panels. At the same time not only the driver and front passenger, but also the rear passengers will immediately feel and enjoy excellent side support. The appeal of a retractable hardtop is obvious — four-season usefulness, security and a more comfortable cabin environment, to name a few high points. Dynamic Brake Control automatically maximizes brake pressure whenever required in an emergency stop.
Over and above the basic shape of the car and its elegant lines, the graphic design of the headlights, the detail of the rear taillights, the interior and even the exterior mirrors were specifically crafted for the new Coupe. It was well worth the effort, as the 335i is one of the best-looking retractable hardtops available today. This, in combination with the high-tech suspension, enables the driver to convert the power and performance of the engine into an exhilarating driving experience. The combination of lines flowing into one another reflects the performance potential. Connected to the seat occupancy detector, the passenger-side belt feeder arm is only activated when the front passenger has actually taken a seat. It has proven its merits, in terms of agility and safety, in the ten models currently offered with xDrive in the U. To enhance this efficiency to an even higher level, the turbochargers are made of a particularly heat-resistant material which makes them immune to high exhaust gas temperatures in the interest of a fuel-efficient combustion process particularly under full load.
Interacting with the low centre of gravity and the specific set-up of the shock absorbers, the chassis and suspension work in perfect balance. In a head-on collision, for example, dynamic deformation areas at the front keep impact energy away from the bulkhead and, accordingly, from the car's footwells. The horizontally flowing lines accentuate the wide track and low stance of the new Coupe. Beginning this fall these merits will become available to Coupe drivers for the first time. With some practice at --ahem--restraining ourselves and waiting for the autopresentation, we found the device useful as well as deliciously kitsch.