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2011 BMW 335is: Somewhere Between a 3-Series and an M3

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Whenever BMW puts an s in a car name – be it a 535is sedan or even an X5 4.8is SUV – it means something deliciously sporty. The latest vehicle to receive this red-blooded treatment is the 2011 BMW 335is, a new addition to the mid-size 3 Series range.

Starting with a 335i coupe, the "is" model has enhanced aerodynamics, a sport suspension, sport exhaust and – here's the best part – more power. It's the same engine as the lowlier car (lowly being a relative term when talking about premium German metal): a 3.0-liter straight six, bristling with state-of-the-art engine technology such as turbocharging, direct fuel injection and variable valve timing.

But here, the flame has been turned up by 20 horsepower and 32 pound-feet of torque to reach a grand total of 320 hp and 332 lb-ft. And there's more: with the throttle to the floor, the engine will go into overboost mode for seven seconds to produce 370 lb-ft. Useful when overtaking.

To give some idea of the extreme attention to detail this model gets, BMW has installed extra cooling (over the 335i) and even put in stiffer engine mounts. These little things all add up to a bigger difference, especially when the inclination arises for an extended bout of speed.

On those occasions, the six-speed manual gearbox is a fine, sharp-shifting companion, but the optional seven-speed DCT (double clutch transmission) system is the ideal choice. Leaving the left foot free to relax, gear changes are made with the sequential shift lever or with up/down paddles mounted to the steering wheel. The transition from cog to cog is eye-blink fast and baby-skin smooth.

In the sprint from standstill to 60 mph, the DCT-equipped coupe is quicker than its manual counterpart by a tenth of a second, clocking five seconds dead. The manual strikes back with somewhat better fuel consumption figures. Both the coupe and convertible return the same mileage: 18/26/21 miles per gallon (city/highway/combined) compared with the DCT's 17/24/19 mpg. In each case, the 335is has its top speed limited electronically to 150 mph.

All BMW cars are renowned for their poise, balance and driving abilities; this one is right up there with the best of them. The sport exhaust has a pleasing, throaty growl. Probably not loud enough to annoy the neighbors, but loud enough to make them wish they could drive this car. Probably not loud enough to annoy the neighbors, but loud enough to make them wish they could drive this car.

The 2011 335is coupe starts at $50,525 and the convertible (with a retractable metal roof) goes from $59,075. There is no sedan version. Each model gets what BMW calls the M-Sport package. It's mostly cosmetic, such as a special steering wheel, door sill scuff plates and stainless steel pedals. They also get a cool blacked-out version of BMW's signature double-kidney grille.

Price-wise and performance-wise, the 335is slots in between the 335i and the overtly driver-oriented, range-topping M3 (which, in this generation, has moved even further up the price scale). It offers plenty of usable power – probably not far off that of an M3, but with a great deal more subtlety. The 335is could well become a BMW aficionado's favorite.

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