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Car and Driver tests 335i with n55

markinva2010-08-18 16:33:58 +0000 #1
Good review overall

www.caranddriver.com...n-first_drive_review

key quote though for those expecting more performance out of the N55:

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There’s no improvement in the 335i’s performance, with BMW claiming a 0-to-60-mph time for the manual model of 5.4 seconds and 5.6 seconds for the automatic. Invariably, the company is pretty conservative with its claims, as we recorded 4.9 seconds for the last 335i we tested. Of course, we and many others figure the N54 was highly underrated from the factory and that the N55’s official output numbers might be more realistic. Thus, the new car might not match the N54-powered 335i’s acceleration time

also, for us XI owners, Mike Dushane, C&D VP gave us a little vindication in the comment section. He said:

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We drive, test, and compare every vehicle on the market. If we spend our own money on a car (and we do, with no special deals), doesn't that tell you that it really is the best one in the class? I just bought a 2008 335xi coupe (my fourth 3-series). Don't you think the decade of experience I have evaluating vehicles professionally would lead me to the best car for the money? The CTS, A4, and G37 are all great cars, but the 3-series kills all of them on the ride/handling balance, it's got better seats than the CTS, better steering than the A4, and more refinement than the G37. I challenge anyone with significant seat and track time in all of these vehicles to contest that. When the CTS coupe arrives, we'll compare it with the 3-series coupe, and if it's better, we'll say so. I'd love to buy American—just give me a superior product. If we're biased, it's toward buying great vehicles.

Mike Dushane

VP Consumer Brand Product Development

Car and Driver

I did find that interesting considering there is very little out there in the mags about the 335xi/xdrive


HPIA4v22010-08-18 16:48:17 +0000 #2
test drove N55 on 2011 335xi E92 last Saturday, I think I am agreeing with C/D on this one.

I have 2008 535i with sport auto GA6HP19Z, with faster shift time than regular auto I test drove; not to mention the 335xi is AWD but the weight is about the same between the two.

First the exhaust sound is superb, throaty but not obnoxiously loud. The N55 seems noisier maybe the missing damper material in the engine hood contributes to that; but I didn't hear the turbo.

The acceleration is comparable to my 535i, but the N54 is super smooth and gives you the feeling effortless and the N55 seems raw and throw you into the back seat harder from the hole and rev happy but then it feels plateau-ing sooner in non DS mode.

Being an amateur it's hard for me to isolate just the engine different so I'll say the two is very close but N54 definitely feels a bit stronger especially at the top end. Again it’s hard for me to compare broken in engine to brand new engine (so take this comment with grain of salt, alot of it), also I really tried to keep the test car away from redline, it’s not cool since it’ll be someone’s car someday. All in all I am looking forward to my own N55 335xi in June, maybe after an extended time behind the wheels I can point out the diff netween N54 vs N55 better.
kgb16372010-08-18 16:49:55 +0000 #3
Sounds good, I'm just anxious to see whats going to come in the new models in 2012.
CollinsE902010-08-18 17:13:23 +0000 #4
BMW is the most bought brand by C&D employees
John 0702010-08-18 18:04:02 +0000 #5
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Originally Posted by CollinsE90

BMW is the most bought brand by C&D employees

Just because we love our cars, doesn't mean the best journalism is created by fanboys. Their content b****. Motor Trend treats BMW quite oppositely (King is Dead article).

imho C&D is comprised of the same people that were writing when our grandparents were buying these cars.
Bavarian III2010-08-18 17:55:52 +0000 #6
4.9 seconds? Whoa. Must have had some miles on it.

Does this mean that potentially all of us 335 owners (no tune) are capable of 4.9 seconds?
tim8182010-08-18 18:47:37 +0000 #7
At the bottom of the article, it lists the fuel consumption to be 19/28mpg. Has the numbers been verified by EPA? BMW must have done something to make N55 even more frugal on fuel, yet as powerful as N54.

Tim
Bavarian III2010-08-18 18:55:14 +0000 #8
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Originally Posted by tim818

At the bottom of the article, it lists the fuel consumption to be 19/28mpg. Has the numbers been verified by EPA? BMW must have done something to make N55 even more frugal on fuel, yet as powerful as N54.

Tim

Well, N54 is supposed to have been somewhere around 20/29..
markinva2010-08-18 19:58:43 +0000 #9
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Originally Posted by Bavarian III

4.9 seconds? Whoa. Must have had some miles on it.

Does this mean that potentially all of us 335 owners (no tune) are capable of 4.9 seconds?

c&d tested several 335i's and a 335xi... most if not all got 4.x seconds.
Yay-Z2010-08-18 17:21:17 +0000 #10
Looking at dyno runs that terry posted a while ago, it seems the power of the N54 is exactly similar to that of the n55. Now the N54 might have more tuning potential thant he N55.
kjrulz2010-08-18 17:46:29 +0000 #11
i've got 5.0 in 0-60 runs consistently.
Bavarian III2010-08-18 21:47:34 +0000 #12
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Originally Posted by markinva

c&d tested several 335i's and a 335xi... most if not all got 4.x seconds.

I had seen it before, but I was not aware that these were consistent 0-60 times. Impressive

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