"In the 335i, two small IHI turbochargers serve three cylinders apiece with a max boost of 9.0 psi. With low inertia, the turbos spool up right away, and the direct injection allows a high (for a charged engine) compression ratio of 10.5:1. All of this serves to quicken throttle response. Thus, the 335i’s power doesn’t come in the form of a delayed rush. Rather, the bonus power feels as natural as, well, the naturally aspirated 3.0-liter engine itself. So good is this engine that it won the 2007 International Engine of the Year award for its size class. For our part, we’ve submitted it for canonization by the pope." more.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Fantastic as an Automatic? You bet!
335i Coupe review from Car and Driver magazine: "Yes, the 335i’s ZF-sourced six-speed automatic is among the world’s very best transmissions, and we can’t heap enough praise on it. Responsive and quick to act, it is the perfect autobox for this kind of car.