It's hard to believe it's already been three years since we first drove the turbocharged BMW 3-series coupe, and nearly that long since it went on sale here. It's just as sweet and as satisfying to drive now as it was then, and the proliferation of the 300-hp, 3.0-liter turbocharged straight-six throughout BMW's lineup has been a welcome thing.
At least two years before the 335i debuted, Automobile Magazine was the first publication to reveal BMW's shocking plans to bring back a turbocharged engine. As BMW enthusiasts will recall, these plans were met with trepidation in some quarters, but as soon as you've driven the 335i, or any other BMW powered by this engine, you realize that no one need have worried. The twin-turbo six just pours on seamlessly strong power across its rev range.
As much as I like the 3-series coupe, I'd prefer the versatility of the sedan or Sport Wagon. Unfortunately, the Sport Wagon is not available with the twin-turbo six. Here's my ideal 3-series, a model that does not exist: 335xi Sport Wagon (twin-turbo six, all-wheel drive).
Joe DeMatio, Executive Editor