2012 BMW 335i Convertible Review
The 335i has a new N54 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder with a single twin-scroll turbocharger, high-precision fuel injection, and an all-aluminum crankcase, pushing the car to 60 mph in just 5.3 seconds. The motor produces 300 horsepower at 5,800 rpm. Peak toque is 300 pound-feet, available from a mere 1,200 rpm, all the way up to 5,000 rpm.
For those seeking even more power, BMW now offers a 335is Convertible model, gaining 20 horsepower, for a total of 320 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque. The 335is Convertible also features, for the first time ever in a 3-Series in the U.S., a seven-speed Double Clutch Transmission (DCT).
There's also no sacrifice to the superb handling for which BMW is recognized. The car is solid on the track at speeds well in excess of highway limits, and yet is confident in tight cornering, due to a near-even front to rear weight balance
Stylistically, the 3-Series droptop gets new headlamps, LED tail lamps and mirrors, as well as a widened signature kidney grille with a new chrome frame. The new front and rear fascias add a little length to the car -- 1.14 inches up front and 0.12 inches out back. All Convertibles will now get adaptive Xenon headlamps as standard equipment and the revised lamps gain brighter LED corona rings, a BMW design staple.
Inside, the 3-Series Convertible receives some very minor updates. New additional wood trim options are added to the list and the some of the formerly black plastic trim takes on a more gray shade. The Convertible's leather trim now comes with a sun reflective pigment to keep the seats cooler when the top is down -- as much as 36 degrees Fahrenheit cooler for dark leather.