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BMW 335i M Sport Review – Is It Faster Than An M3 On UK Roads?

Driven: BMW 335i M Sport Review

Here is the first drive review of the BMW 335i M Sport after Chungcuredep were given the opportunity to test out the car on a range of test roads at Millbrook Proving Ground.

What is the BMW 335i M Sport all about?

The BMW 3 Series has been around since 1975 and has been the best in class since its inception. Over the years the car has changed in many ways, and the latest edition we tested here has had a few tweaks in comparison to the previous release, including new headlights, grill, air dam and rear valance. The BMW 335i M Sport is also 32mm lower than before.

bmw 335i m sport Side on grey spec

Despite this BMW having 335 in the name and on the rear, the specs on the car arn’t what you think, the car is powered by a 3.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine that creates 302bhp and 400Nm of torque, this power goes through a 8-speed DCT double clutch automatic to the rear wheels. The 335i can get from 0-60mph in 5.5 seconds and will do an electrically limited top speed of 155mph.

How does the BMW 335i M Sport drive?

The 335i driving experience is completely driver-focused, as you can tell from the moment you get behind the wheel. It’s a very rewarding car to drive for many reasons.

BMW 335i M Sport Rear With Twin Exhausts

Starting with the engine, the power from that 3.0-litre is incredibly smooth and hugely powerful. The response from the engine is pretty instantaneous, in fact I can’t think of another 335i M Sport I have driven with forced induction that is able to maximise both ends of the rev spectrum so well.

BMW 335i M Sport Front On

Putting the 335i into Sport mode the car feels even more responsive, but also speeds up the DCT double clutch gearbox. The DCT gearbox works perfectly and provides a rapid gear change, which contributes hugely to the low 0-60mph time of 5.5 seconds.

BMW 335i M Sport Driving

The element of the BMW 335i M Sport that I loved the most its balance, the car feels well planted and handled amazingly in the corners. The feedback through the steering wheel provides the driver with lots of information about the level of grip and encourages you to push the car harder and get the most out it.

What is it like inside?

All BMW 3 Series’ comes with a very high standard of interior, and the 335i is no exception. The dashboard is fairly minimalist, with only a few buttons, and is well put together. The centre console controls are thoughtfully placed for ease of operation and visibility. The materials are all well chosen and feel nice to the touch.

BMW 335i M Sport Start and Stop

The main feature point of the interior is the large infotainment screen that sits on top of the central dashboard. The operating system looks very good and operates quickly.

BMW 335i M Sport 16 Infotainment Screen

The Experience

The BMW 335i M Sport oozes style and class as well as delivering heart pumping performance that will please even the most advanced and experienced of drivers.

BMW 335i M Sport 1 335i Badge

Verdict – BMW 335i M Sport

The BMW 335i M Sport provides lots practicalities for both family and business needs but also provides a thrilling and rewarding driving experience at the same time. The BMW 335i M Sport is a brilliant package and has unbelievable performance that is only a few steps away from M3 performance.

BMW 335i M Sport Front BMW Badge

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BMW 335i M Sport Specs

  • Price: £37,025
  • Engine: 3.0-litre 6cyl turbo
  • Power: 302bhp
  • Torque: 400Nm
  • Transmission: Eight-speed DCT automatic
  • 0-62mph: 5.5 Seconds
  • Top speed: 155mph
  • Weight: 1,510kg
  • Economy: 39mpg
  • CO2: 169g/km

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Author: Paul Hadley

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