2011 New Cars: Europe

BMW 335is

New: An even sportier variant of the 3-series coupe and convertible.

Noteworthy: The 335is ("s" for sport) brings the 3-series coupe and convertible closer to the M3 in looks, performance-and price. The 335is retains the twin-turbo six, here with 20 more hp and an additional 32 lb-ft of torque. An overboost function, however, can push peak torque from 332 to 370 lb-ft. Enhanced cooling and a snarling exhaust are exclusive to this car, as is the optional paddleshifted dual-clutch gearbox. The suspension and the brakes, however, are stock 335i items, and the appearance tweaks are largely those of the M Sport package. You can look at the 335is's price pessimistically or optimistically -- as a $7000 premium over a 335i or as a $7000 to $10,000 discount versus an M3.

On sale: Now
BASE PRICE: $51,400/$59,950 (coupe/convertible)
Specs: 3.0L twin-turbo I-6, 320 hp, 370 lb-ft; rear-wheel drive

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The ever-improving 3-series coupe takes another fratricidal swat at the M3.

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