Since its inception, the BMW 335 has, in every iteration, dominated its respective market. It is only natural that its near-perfection would catch the attention of both inhouse and third-party tuners, and modified versions of the 3-series can be found in nearly every major market except one. Thankfully, that’s about to change, as BMW recently announced that the United States will actually get the first shot at the newest horse in its stable, the 335is. With club racers in mind, BMW made a series of modifications that could make this the best 3-series yet. The engine and cooling system were modified in tandem, the latter being done to allow for better breathing and the added stress that comes from an additional 20bhp (up to 320) and 32 pounds of torque (up to 332). Don’t stop grinning yet, though. The 335is is able to ratchet its performance up one notch further, with a devestatingly powerful overboost feature; by upping the boost to 14.5psi, the car is able to provide 370bhp for up to seven seconds. With the whole 3-series range slated for a minor aesthetic overhaul this year, this special edition can be identified by its ferric 18-inch wheels, gloss black kidney surrounds and mirror caps, black window trim, and a deadly-looking pair of blacked-out exhaust tips that rest below its functional rear diffuser. The suspension and interior have both been upgraded with M components, and the transmission will come as either a 6-speed manual or with a 7-speed DCT, which had previously been unavailable on any other 3. The 335is is supposed to come in between the 335i and M3 in virtually every way, but we can’t help but wonder if BMW has done too well here. One is reminded of Porsche’s Cayman, which was supposed to offer a nice middle road between the Boxster and 911; however, it has since become debatable as to whether or not most versions of the 911 should even exist. Like the Cayman, the 335is promises to offer outstanding performance for its price, and should be a stylish and well-rounded vehicle. We are hoping enthusiasts stateside really warm up to the 335is, as it would likely open future doors to other special editions. The convertible will debut first, hitting dealerships in March and costing about $59k; the coupe will be available in June and is priced just over $50k.
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