This powerful sedan, the BMW 335D is the car that BMW used to bring its diesel power-train technology back into the North American marketplace after a 25 year absence. The BMW 335d proves that high performance and fuel efficiency can be combined in one package.
BMW 335d hits the road.The 335d’s 3 liter inline six cylinder engine can go from 0 to 60 MPH in just six seconds making this the diesel for those with a need for speed.
The 3 liter also provides 425 pounds of torque at 1750 RPM or 265 horsepower. BMW is able to give the 335d this kind of performance by using TwinPower Turbo technology.
The 24-valve six-cylinder advanced diesel aluminum engine also offers third generation Piezo common rail direct injection. Direct injection is what allows for low-emission diesel passenger car engines.
The fuel efficiency specs on the BMW 335d are limited but good. The highway mileage is 36 MPG which is very impressive for a high performance car. The only feature to the 335d that might put off some motorists is that it is rear wheel drive. The exhaust is filtered and cleaned by an SRC catalyst then a small amount of AdBlue urea injection is added generating ammonia which converts the NoX into eco-friendly nitrogen and water vapor.
Performance and Handling
Like other German high performance diesels, the 335d comes loaded with high tech performance features. The braking system in the standard 335d package includes Dynamic Stability Control, Brake Fade Compensation, Start-Off Assistant, Brake Drying and Brake Stand By. If that wasn’t enough Dynamic Traction Control is also added to make for a smoother ride. There are also four ventilated anti lock brakes with Dynamic brake control.
The standard transmission of the BMW 335d is a six-speed Steptronic automatic with adaptive transmission control. Electronic throttle control makes for smoother driving and more power. Engine speed variable assist power steering also makes for an easier ride. Another feature that a lot of drivers will appreciate is the engine stop and start button which makes for faster starts and acceleration. Optional dynamic cruise control is also available for highway driving.
Interior and Exterior Features
Since it is a BMW, the 335d comes with lots of creature comforts designed to make the driving experience more enjoyable. These include automatic climate control with automatic air recirculation, Max air conditioning and left right temperature control.
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Classic BMW touches include ground illuminating lights in the door handles, electronic trunk release, and BMW ambience lighting in the front and the rear. The three spoke leather wrapped steering wheel can be equipped with Bluetooth and audio controls. Options include a rain sensing windshield, locking glove compartment, automatic moon roof, and a telescoping steering wheel column.
A very interesting security feature is the central locking system. This provides for double locks on the doors and two step unlocking. It enables a driver to lock all the doors at the flip of a switch. It can also be set to lock everything on the car except the fuel cap.
Driving the BMW 335d
The BMW 335d provides a lot of speed and horsepower within the luxury car arena. Couple this with good fuel mileage and a clean diesel engine with low emissions and this car is a force to be reckoned with in regard to its competitors.