BMW 335i Twin Turbo Test Drive and Walkaround from Chicago Cars Direct
Video Presentation and Walk Around of the 2007 BMW 335i Sport Sedan with
Chris Moran of Chicago Cars Direct.
The data doesn't make any sense. We're tearing our collective hair out
trying to determine why the track-test numbers from our 2007 BMW 335i test
car are so far off.
Our freshly minted 3 Series twin-turbo
coupe has not only eclipsed BMW's own impressive performance figures — by
a ton — it's also smoked those of the 2005 BMW M3 Competition Package, a
car we called "The Best M3 Ever Sold in America." And while that admittedly
turbo-deprived car had been a six-speed
manual, the Arctic Metallic 2007 BMW 335i Coupe cooling in the driveway is
but an automatic. Nothing about our Austrian First Drive of the car
prepared us for this.
More than half fast
Consider the facts: This 2007 BMW 335i test car blazed from zero to 60 in
4.8 seconds. BMW says the new coupe mit twin-turbo engine and Steptronic six-speed autobox
should make that trip in 5.5 seconds. Seven-tenths of a second quicker?
That's 13-percent better than BMW's claim. Folks give aftermarket tuners
wads of cash for that kind of performance bump, especially when a car
starts out in the mid 5s to begin with.
Our 335i similarly scalded the quarter-mile in 13.3 seconds at 105.9 mph.
For comparison, our 2005 M3 Competition Package used up 5.5 seconds getting
to 60 and finished the quarter-mile in 13.7 seconds at 105.4 mph — close,
but still a rearview-mirror performance. We almost beat the all-powerful
2007 Audi RS4, too. Despite a 120-horsepower advantage and
all-wheel-drive launch superiority, it just nicked our 335i's 0-60 and
quarter-mile times by a paltry 0.1 second each.
Something's up. Could BMW be soft-pedaling the output and performance
numbers to leave marketing headroom for a more outrageous 2008 M3 V8 to
come? Did the luck of the draw or some other means provide us with an
overachiever? We've gotta check into this.
There can be no doubt that BMW's new twin-turbo 3.0-liter straight-6 engine, complete with
direct injection and a high 10.2:1 compression ratio, is impressive. Two
smaller snails were assigned to only three cylinders each so they'd spin up
faster, reducing lag and
increasing torque at low engine speeds. Boy, does it work, as this beastie
is rated at 300 hp at 5,800 rpm and 300 pound-feet of torque spreading from
1,400-5,000 rpm. In a rear-drive coupe weighing in at 3,579 as-tested
pounds, that sounds about right — for 5.5-second 0-60 bursts, that is.
In order to see what she's really putting out, we've brought our 335i to
the chassis dynamometer at MD Automotive in Westminster, California. And
since chassis Dyno
figures are always lower than manufacturer ratings because the former
includes drivetrain losses and the latter does not, we've secured the help
of an alert reader who has volunteered his month-old 335i for comparison.
Steve Harrison's identically equipped 335i automatic is fresh off a trip up
the California coast and all broken in. We should be able to tell if our
press car's performance is unique or not.
After a short time, two sets of fresh numbers sit before us. Steve's car
produces 272 rear-wheel hp at 5,970 rpm. Considering drivetrain losses,
he's easily seeing the promised 300 horses at the flywheel, probably more.
Our test car produces a similar 273 at 5,970. But wait, there's more: While
Steve's motor gently tapers off as rpm exceeds six grand, our mill
continues to make more power until it tops out at 279 at 6,295 rpm, at
which point Steve's 335i lags 19 ponies behind. Notably, our car maintains
its advantage for the remainder of the rev range.
So what's up?
A comparison to BMW data shows that Steve has nothing to be worried about,
as his 335i's rear-wheel output curve looks about right when compared to
factory flywheel data. Our car is simply stronger in such a way that makes
our pavement-melting 4.8-second 0-60 more understandable. But why?
We're glad you asked. MD's Dyno can also measure turboBoost
during runs. It turns out that at any given rpm in the disputed region
between 5,000 and 6,500, our car consistently makes about 0.5 psi more Boost. Subtle, but a little goes a long
way. Is this mere production variation? We can't dig deep enough to know
for sure. If anything, this exercise underscores the potential of
aftermarket chip tuning. Ain't electronically controlled turbo engines fun?
For the record, during a desert freeway assault to Vegas at an average
speed we don't care to print, the 335i achieved 25.9 mpg, compared to a
29-mpg EPA highway rating. With a lot of city and freeway stop-and-go
thrown in, the overall average drops to 20.3 — just above the 20-mpg EPA
city rating. With less lead in the shoes, the EPA figures actually seem
BMW 335i (2008) Long-term test
BMW 335i Long-term test - read the full long-term test CAR review here -
07 BMW 335i Twin Turbo - Titanium Silver
07 BMW 335i Twin turbo - Titanium Silver
Cold Weather Package.
Logic 7 Sound system.
Park Distance Control.
This EXACT BMW has been given numerous awards from people in the industry,
and has been given many editor and consumer awards as well.
Check it out for yourself on Edmunds.
"EDITORS MOST WANTED"
"CONSUMERS MOST WANTED"
"USED CAR BEST BET"
I'm near Corning and Ithaca New York...
This is a 2007 335i Sedan with just 38,000 Miles! It's Titanium Silver
(TiaG) with Black Dakota Leather and Aluminum trim. Very sharp and rare
combo! . It has a 6 speed manual too! ***** Plus for all you inexperienced
stick drivers, this car features BMW hill assist "hill hold," which holds
the car from rolling when you're on an incline or decline!!! That's even a
great feature for us who are experienced!!!
It has VERY nice, new Michelin PS2 tires. It's very VERY clean, and has
never been smoked in. It still smells new! This twin turbo 335 is quick, and is a total blast to drive.
I have never driven it hard or taken it to the track, but I'm sure it'd
perform very well there...
It has a clean carfax and I have a clean title in hand. It's still under
the impeccable BMW factory warranty that includes FREE MAINTENANCE!!!! Yes,
free oil changes, brake rotors, brake pads, air filters, allergen filters,
windshield wiper blades, etc etc etc... It's had all it's maintenance done
on time, and is well documented... I've even heard that you can get free
weekly car washes as well, but I've never been in for one lol... Cool huh?
This car has NEVER had any issues or accidents. This car is in GREAT
condition, I'd give it a 9/10 for exterior (just because the few inevitable
rock chips from highway driving) and a 10/10 for the interior..... no
stories, no surprises. The only surprise you'll ve is how seamlessly
luxury, comfort and performance are combined in this car.
This car includes the following options...
Cold Weather Package.
Logic 7 Sound system.
Park Distance Control.
The Premium Package consists of:
-Power Folding Mirrors
-Universal Garage Door Opener
-Interior auto dimming mirror with digital compass
-BMW Assist and bluetooth system
-Black Novillo Leather
The Sport Package consists of:
-18" alloy wheels
-Leather sport steering wheel
-Front sport seats with controlled side bolstering
The Cold Weather Package consists of:
-Fold down rear seats with ski bag etc...
-Retractable Headlight washers
There is SO MUCH more to this car too! Stuff like led lights under the door
handles to light the ground when entering and exiting, automatic sensing
windshield wipers, adaptive headlights that turn when you turn to light
your way before you get there, adaptive brake lights which the brightness
of the lights correspond with how hard or soft you are pressing the brake
pedal...etc etc, it just goes on and on...
If you're not familiar with these cars, come take a look and I'll show you
what I'm talking about.
Here's the official list if you're looking up values....
Private party value is $28,408
This exact car at a dealer would be priced right around $33,313
18 Inch Alloy Wheels (upgraded)
Adaptive Cruise Control
Alloy Center Console Trim
Alloy Dash Trim
Alloy Door Trim
Auto-Dim Exterior Mirror(s)
Auto-Dim Rear View Mirror
Front Sport Seats
Hands-Free Multi-Function Remote w/Keyless Ignition
Heated Driver's Seat
Heated Passenger Seat
Leather Door Trim
Leather Steering Wheel Trim
Power Driver's Seat Lumbar Adjustment
Power Folding Exterior Mirrors
Power Passenger Seat Lumbar Adjustment
Premium Leather Seating
Rear Parking Sensors
Rear Ski Bag
Satellite Radio System
Split-Folding Second Row Seat
Steering Wheel Transmission Controls
Universal Remote Transmitter
Added tasteful mods include...
BMW black rubber floormats $100... The originals are included as well...
Blackline tails $350
BMW spoiler $250
Window Tint $300
Full Autobahn Exotics Exhaust $1600
Full BMW Alarm $400
The original window sticker reads $45,770. I'm only asking $26,600. That's
a GREAT price, as it books private party for 28,800, and would retail at a
dealer from $31,660 to $33,210...