On the surface, the 335is seems totally unnecessary. But after spending some time behind the wheel, I have to agree with Joe and Phil that the latest flavor of 3-series represents the pinnacle of the model, at least with regard to usable performance. I adore the M3, but the 335is offers more than enough raciness to satisfy all but the most experienced SCCA license-holders. (Come to think of it, even the base 328i has enough power and grip to put a smile on at least 75 percent of enthusiast drivers' faces.)
Like Phil, though, I'm disappointed that the 3-series' best-looking and most desirable (to me) body style -- the sedan -- isn't available as a 335is. C'mon BMW, this fantastic engine note and these gorgeously aggressive wheels would be great with a four-door, too.
Rusty Blackwell, Copy Editor