I first drove the 2011 BMW 335is on the Estoril race circuit in Portugal, but I had just as much fun behind the wheel of this 335is here at home. With less power and a lower price than the M3, the 335is is the automotive embodiment of the adage less is more. More pertains to both the fun, and the torque. Thanks to the two turbochargers hanging off the inline-six, the 335is boasts more torque over a broader rev range than the V-8-powered M3. In the M3, you find the sweet spot just south of 4000 rpm, but the 335is starts hitting its peak torque at only 1500 rpm. That makes the 335is the perfect car for around-town antics. In comparison, the M3 feels like a stern-faced racer that's all business and no play.
Eric Tingwall, Associate Editor