For 2011, the 335i Sedan receives BMW’s newest turbocharged inline-6 engine, enabling faster throttle response and an even smaller emissions signature.
Fundamentally unchanged are the 3 Series’ essential attributes of rear- or all-wheel drive, harmonious front/rear weight balance, outstandingly precise steering and skillfully engineered suspension.
All-new is the engine for the 335i Sedan. This turbocharged engine is more responsive, more fuel efficient, and cleaner-running than its outstanding predecessor, but preserves the previous engine’s output and soul: 300 horsepower and 300 lb.-ft. of torque. The 6-speed manual gearbox remains standard, and the well-known 6-speed Steptronic automatic is optional, now featuring “pull-style” shift paddles on the multifunction steering wheel.
Subtle new details accent 3 Series’ dynamic character. The 3 Series now gains for 2011 discreet updates and refinements. At the rear, a widened track enhances the sedan’s planted-on-the-road stance; careful and subtle modifications to the front, sides and aft end make the total design even more harmonious.
At the front, a new, bolder front spoiler/bumper ensemble imparts sportier, stronger character. Its center air intake is larger than before, enhancing the air supply for mechanical components; upswept lines in the lower air intakes, the bumper itself and the newly shaped headlight clusters emphasize the wide stance.
Subtle updates and refinements mark the newest 3 Series’ interiors. Materials and surface quality add appeal; certain functional elements including the optional iDrive controller and climate and audio controls offer refined appearance and tactile qualities.
Base model estimated mpg: 18/28
Estimated starting price: $34,025
Compiled by Motor Matters

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