Sep 19, 2011
Reviewed By Keith Martin
Price as Tested $51,575, 300-horsepower 3.0L DOHC twin-turbo, 6-speed manual gearbox, 19 ” wheels. Space gray metallic with Coral red / black Dakota leather.

Alex and I had a chance to drive this car at Button Willow Raceway (more on this in the next issue of SCM) and the harder you pushed it, the more comfortable it became. The gearbox was delightful, and despite running eight sessions a day in 105 degree heat (with the a/c on) the car never overheated, nor did the brakes or suspension ever fail to deliver. Striking in this gray/red color combination.


Why beat a dead German horse and complain about the user-cruel iDrive interface. My iPhone nav system, at $3/month, is 500 times better than the $2,100 BMW factory option.


The 335i is a cut above, offering style and performance at a reasonable price. The race-track experience was transformational, as it revealed the high-performance beast as the heart of the stylish machine.

Fun to Drive
5.0 rating
Fun to Look at
5.0 rating
Overall Experience
5.0 rating