Three gasoline engines are available for 2011, including the 230-horsepower standard inline-six found in the 328i, the new single-turbo 300-horsepower, 300-pound-foot inline-six, and the twin-turbo, 320-horsepower inline-six found in the new 335is. A turbodiesel engine is also available in the 335d. All of the 3-Series engines displace 3.0 liters. Both manual and automatic transmissions are available, and while the auto offers a manumatic mode, enthusiasts will prefer the manual. The standard rear-wheel-drive layout is supplemented by an all-wheel-drive option, but only when paired with the automatic gearbox.
The driving experience of the 2011 3-Series is still at the forefront of the experience despite the move toward larger, heavier cars. All four of the available engines sing, while steering and handling are precise and refined. Well-damped and controlled suspensions provide a careful balance between comfort and minimized body roll.