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BMW’s 135i, 335i, and 535i are giving away free horsepower!

May 12th, 2008 · 1 Comment

For those of you that don’t know the “35” designation on the back end of BMW series number refers to the BMW’s 3.0 liter twin-turbocharged inline six cylinder motor.  The folks from Munich don’t want us to forget that the “M” in BMW stands for “motor”.

When the 335i first hit the streets a lot of automotive testers couldn’t believe the performance numbers that they were getting from the car.  They couldn’t believe it so much that the 335i’s were being sent to dynos to get a real rear-wheel horsepower number.  The 335i’s that ended up on the dyno were regularly showing 276hp and 300lb-ft of torque at the wheels. 

To understand why the 335i was underrated by BMW it helps to think about the showroom at BMW dealers across the country.  When the 335i was first introduced it shared the floor with the outgoing 333hp BMW M3.  BMW couldn’t have its much vaunted M3 outgunned by an average 3 Series. 

This is an award winning engine.  If you are fortunate to drive a “35” powered auto, count your lucky stars because it is a great motor with great potential.

Tags: BMW · Cars · Horsepower

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  • 1 Jason Freeman // May 12, 2008 at 11:31 pm

    My friend is purchasing a 135…. Thats all good but now he has given me the fever. Small car thats ok on gas mpg but has a nice power to weight ratio. He is selling his R32 to buy the BMW. Thats a car you should do a write up on. The all wheel drive v6 R32!