It looks like the new BMW 335i that I’m getting has been seriously underrated — probably because they don’t want it to overshadow their current M3 offering. According to testing done by Automobile Magazine (not once but twice), the 335i is closer to 350 horsepower and 350lb/ft of torque than the 300 for each that’s being claimed by the official literature. It did 0-60 in 4.8 seconds, which is only a tenth of a second slower than the M3.
These dynamometer numbers are showing 384 for each at the wheels, and when you do the math (roughly 17% loss from the crankshaft) they’re looking at like 348 for both horsepower and torque. And that’s getting 28mpg on the highway. Methinks the performance debate concerning the 335i and the Infiniti G35 is officially over.
I cannot wait to drive this thing in a manual transmission. The automatic was insane enough when I drove it, and it reportedly has far more turbo lag than the manual. Coming back from New York is going to rock for so many reasons.