Where: Monterey, California – January 30-31, 2012
What: F30 US Press Launch. First Test Drives of 2012 335i and F30 6 speed
How: 2 days with F30 3 Series, including a half day on the Laguna Seca track.
Background: I’ve owned an E90 325i (auto) and current car is E90 M3 (6-speed MT).
335i (With 6 Speed Manual):
The all new 2012 335i sedan is powered by the N55 single turbo twin-scroll turbo inline-6 cylinder engine (with direct injection and valvetronic), in the same form as the outgoing 2011 … CONTINUED
So, how do you properly test the performance of the new 2012 3 series F30 sedan? You take it out on a race track like Laguna Seca, as we did earlier this week.
But, if you really want to see the true limits of the F30′s performance, you hand it over to the professionals. BMW ALMS driver Bill Auberlen and ALMS+DTM driver Joey Hand were in attendance at Laguna Seca raceway to give us (and our members/readers) a wild ride around the track in both the F30 … CONTINUED
C&D drives the 2011 335i with N55 motor, focusing specifically on comparing the N55 to the N54 engine (of the earlier 335i model years). 0-60 times were equal, N55 was 1/10 sec. slower in quarter mile and N55 was 1 sec. faster to 140mph.
Autoblog recently revisited the 2010 335i E90 sedan. So it’s not the latest 335i, but the reviewer feels the 2010 335i really deserves wave after wave of gushing prose in reviews and no doubt remains the benchmark of mid-sized sedans. And this isn’t just the BMW-koolaid talking.
Edmunds Inside Line test drives the facelifted 2011 3-series coupe and convertible. Check out their thoughts on the styling and technical changes to the 3-series’ newest model year.