The BMW 3 Series is one of the best-selling cars in the world, and the coupe version powered by a twin-turbocharged inline-six is an absolute thrill to drive. The car offers the unmatched ride/handling balance, luxurious comfort and sporty performance that BMWs are known for at a price that won't break the bank. The car is available in sedan, coupe, convertible and wagon body styles and is powered by several different engines.
The older twin-turbo inline-six that powers this car isn't as potent as the newer twin-turbo inline-six found in the M3, but it still delivers a thrill to drive. The engine produces 320 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque, with an overboost function that can temporarily bump torque to 370 pound-feet. The turbochargers provide effortless shove regardless of what the tacho is showing, and the engine is as happy revving as it is putting its foot down.
Prices for this model range from $78,900 to $106,200 depending on the year and trim level you choose. Options include the Cold Weather package that adds heated front seats, the Convenience package that includes adaptive xenon headlights and keyless ignition/entry as well as the power rear sunshade for the sedan and wagon (not the convertible). Other notable options include the navigation system with the iDrive controller, a hard-drive-based navigation system, active cruise control and the Harman Kardon surround-sound audio system.
The 335 xi is fast by any standard, with BMW's web site reporting 0-60 times of about 6.3 seconds for the sedan and 5.4 seconds for the coupe. This model also offers fairly impressive fuel economy with EPA ratings of 16 city and 25 highway for the all-wheel drive sedan and a slightly better 19/28 for the rear-drive coupe. Gadget hounds will probably love the high-resolution, touchscreen iDrive controller and a 4th generation iPod adapter that's built into the console. Those who want more luxury will probably appreciate the leather-trimmed seating and the power seat that raises/lowers with the push of a button.