While BMW may style itself as "The Ultimate Driving Machine," this bold statement has by no means prompted the German badge to rest on its laurels. In the new BMW 335i, we can witness the automaker's tireless pursuit of perfection as it continues to improve upon the perennially popular sport sedan. Marrying clean lines with a comfortable, slightly roomier interior and a powerful new engine, the 2011 3-series is one of the better ones we've seen from BMW.
With its 3.0-liter turbocharged 6-cylinder generating a respectable 300 horsepower and 300 lb/ft of torque, the new 335i is both faster and more efficient than previous generations. Utilizing direct injection, BMW has effectively managed to eliminate turbo lag while still improving upon the traditionally poor fuel economy of turbocharged engines. As expected, the 335i's athletic inline-6 has been paired with an equally sporty suspension.
Inside, our tester was fitted with the latest in luxury technology, including in-dash navigation, satellite radio and BMW's iDrive on-board computer system. Unfortunately, while these amenities are a pleasure to have, the extras do add up quickly — at a suggested retail price $52,275, our fully-loaded tester cost over $12,000 more than the base model. Whether you opt for the Premium Package or not, we're sure you'll have a blast behind the wheel of the BMW 335i.