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BMW 335i Coupe

Broadcast date : 11th February 2007

While the BMW 335i Coupe is still dimensionally a BMW 3-Series model, its interesting to note that not a single panel on the new two-door is shared with the four-door version.

The new nose hints at the new M3 coupe, which Beemer fans have been waiting for, and which is due to arrive here towards the end of this year.

But the rest of the car is remarkably understated, the flanks free of styling-line clutter, and the wheels in non-shiny alloy with a classy, rather than sporty spoke pattern.

The interior is snug, but not unduly so, and the trim on our test car featured wood panelling that complemented the subtle approach to performance motoring that this coupe brings to the party.

Our test car was the Steptronic auto-drive model, while a six-speed manual is also available, and the spec includes the I-drive system, which remains fiddly for basic functions like ventilation control.

The seats are superbly comfortable and offer a vast array of adjustment for the front passengers, with BMWs attention to quality very evident in the finish and the texture of the leather upholstery.

BMW was in fact the first company to offer a mass-produced turbo model with its 2002 back in 1973, beating Porsche to the draw.

The Bavarians also dabbled with a turbocharged six with its European-spec 745i in the mid-1980s. After sampling the 335i, we have to wonder what took BMW so long to hop on the turbo bandwagon.

The model numbers for the 335i coupe can be confusing. The engine capacity is in fact three litres, and the extra "5" presumably denotes its turbo enhancement. And what an enhancement it is!

0-100 comes up in 6,0 seconds for the automatic, and 5,7 seconds in the manual model. But even more impressive is its mid-range performance.

Although Car Torques test team is generally orientated towards a more involving manual transmission set-up, we have to say that the combination of twin turbochargers, 225 kiloWatts and Steptronic offers a magical performance package.

Right now, this is our favourite BMW model, and one of the best cars of all weve sampled in the past 12 months.

BMW 335i Coupe (Automatic)

  • Engine: In-line six-cylinder, turbocharged petrol, 2 979 cc
  • Power: 225 kW @ 5 800 rpm
  • Torque: 400 Nm @ 1 300 rpm
  • Transmission: Six-speed automatic, rear-wheel-drive
  • 0-100 km/h: 6,0 litres/100 km
  • Top speed: 250 km/h
  • Fuel consumption: 12,0 litres/100 km
  • Price: R502 200

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