Feature 335i carbon fiber headlight
Unique and special design 335i carbon fiber.
No drilling required, no cutting required
Easy to install and precise assembly.
With adhesive tape at the back, can be installed directly
Improves appearance and gives an aggressive look
Will dramatically improve the sporty appearance for your car.
Material: Carbon Fiber. Fits for BMW E90 / E91 3 series 4-door sedan and van 2006~2011. Fits for BMW E90 M3 Sedan 2008~2012
Will not be suitable for two-door models or convertible models
BMW 335i Coupe review
Now in its sixth generation, the BMW 3 Series is still the luxury German brand’s bread-and-butter model in Australia, and at $91,400 (before on-road costs), the BMW 335i remains the flagship in the premium mid-size line-up, at least, for now. BMW aims to release the more powerful ActiveHybrid 3 towards the end of 2012, which will succeed the 335i as the BMW 3 Series range-topper.
Prior to its release in February, there were more than a few BMW fans concerned over the new F30-designated 335i’s growth spurt since the previous E90 version.
But BMW pulled off an impressive feat – despite increasing the length and width of the new model, it reduced the overall weight by 30kg to 1520kg and even managed to introduce a more generous roll call of standard kit.
Its performance has improved too. The new BMW 335i sedan is capable of sprinting from 0-100km/h in just 5.5 seconds – shaving three-tenths off the previous model’s time.
Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions have also fallen, despite identical engine outputs of 225kW and 400Nm from the carried-over 3.0-litre turbocharged six-cylinder powerplant.
It’s the BMW 335i coupe – now with one turbo less. I have a sneaky suspicion this move to a single blower is because future M models will be differentiated by being twin turbo. We already know the next M5 will use the X6M’s twin turbo V8 and BMW itself has confirmed that this M3 will be the last naturally aspirated model, the next boasting a turbo’d six. Anyway, that’s all for future discussion. The revamped 335i is part of a mid-life freshen up of the whole coupe and cabrio range.
Most owners of existing 335i carbon fiber could easily feel shortchanged and go shopping elsewhere when told the replacement model has half the number of turbos, so BMW couldn’t afford to get this engine wrong. Nevertheless, BMW has bravely decided not to up the power and torque at all, but it has ensured the 295lb ft hit is now available earlier (at only 1200rpm!) and is still sustained until 5000rpm. Instead, the focus has been on improving economy (up eight per cent to 33.6mpg) and emissions (down ten per cent to 196g/km).
Let’s focus mainly on the engine here, because the only change to the suspension is the adoption of non-linear dampers (which do admittedly make a small, positive difference). But the engine is worth dwelling on, because what BMW has achieved is, frankly, baffling.
In the past we’ve marvelled at the twin turbo’s staggeringly rapid engine response, low end grunt and top end fizz and now BMW has bettered it in every area with a single turbo. It’s a variable vane unit, of course, but I’ve never driven a forced induction car so able to maximise both ends of the rev spectrum so well. There’s instant thump, not a hint of hollowness in the mid-range (even the twin turbo had a slight drop-off) and above 4500rpm, the 3.0-litre really opens up, the needle hurling itself at the 7000rpm redline, accompanied by a howling, M3-lite note.
It’s ultra-crisp, leaps forward on small inputs 335i carbon fiber(especially in Sport mode, which also really pops home the shifts in the DCT double clutch gearbox) and the only time you hear the turbo is when you lift off, the high-pitched yip clearly audible from front right first, then left. Odd. Enough to have me lifting the bonnet, just to check that BMW hadn’t slipped in an extra blower. What they had done was written Twin Power Turbo on the cover.
As for the driving, it seems to me that front end grip and poise is now slightly better and the 335i feels more planted, the suspension having tighter control of the body. The mods are just enough to make you feel there’s more edge to the 335i’s handling, but it’s the engine that’s the star of the show here.
The Audi A5 is the BMW’s closest rival, but it doesn’t have an engine that can match the BMW’s blend of pace and economy. The 261bhp 3.2 FSI (£36,740 in manual S Line spec) falls short in both areas, while the £41,345 S5 coupe still uses the potent but thirsty 349bhp 4.2-litre V8. There’s also the Mercedes E-Class coupe, but Richard Porter, who runs our long termer, would be the first to admit that while undoubtedly a superior cruiser, it’s not exactly thrilling.
The bodywork’s 335i carbon fiber been updated, although you’d be hard pushed to spot the new grill, lights, front air dam and rear valance. As a result it’s now 32mm longer overall. Couple of other things: if you want the seven speed double clutch DCT gearbox, that’s £1,640, and the lovely 19” wheels pictured here are another £520.
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