First Drive: 2011 BMW 335is Sings Out To Weekend Racers Page 2

January 22, 2010
2011 BMW 335is Coupe

2011 BMW 335is Coupe

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The 335is builds on all the enhancements and changes that are part of the facelift all 3-Series Coupes and Convertibles get for 2011. A new hood and front fascia reposition the brand’s kidney grille a little lower and narrower, and it’s blacked-out in the 335is. LED ‘corona-ringed’ headlamps, new LED tail lamps (including LED turn signals and brake lights), new exterior mirrors, and reshaped side sills and side skirts round out the look from the outside. Inside, the 3-Series models get some of the interior touch-ups that were introduced for 2010, including additional matte-finish chrome trim, and controls for the heated seats have been brought up within the climate controls.

The 2011 BMW 335is (and the other 3-Series Coupe and Convertible models) gets iDrive when equipped with the available navigation system. It’s the new fourth-generation version of iDrive with a revised menu structure that we like much better; a ‘back’ button and hot buttons for major functions allows easier operation, and the system includes a higher-resolution wide-screen display.

Ready for track time, and it looks the part

But back to what matters: A number of other improvements make the 335is ready for track time. A high-output cooling fan and auxiliary oil and water cooling help provide protection in hard use; the model gets stiffer engine mounts as well, and an M Sport suspension is part of the package. Other items that distinguish it from the standard 335i include an M Sport front fascia (which on coupes omits the fog lamps for additional airflow and cooling) plus a functional rear air diffuser, gloss-black mirror caps, 18-inch ferric gray wheels, and black chrome exhaust tips. Those standard 18-inch wheels in the 335is have a design that’s exclusive to the model, while the optional 19-inch wheels are otherwise dealer-installed M Sport accessories.

Inside, the 335is gets M Sport upgrades for the steering wheel, door sills, and shift knob (with short-shifter kit), plus sport seats, an anthracite headliner, and stainless-steel sport pedals. The instrument panel gets special 335is badging and aluminum Glacier Silver trim, plus gray-faces gauges with white needles.

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