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2010 BMW 335i Sedan - Click above for high-res image gallery
has always had a gem of an inline-six on its hands, regardless of which particular powerplant you're referring to. But over the last couple of years, it's the German automaker's turbocharged 3.0-liter N54 engines that have been lighting enthusiasts hearts afire, and steering more than a few buyers away from the M3
and into the seat of a 335i
. And when the N54 proliferated across the rest of the automaker's lineup, it was well-received in nearly every application.
For 2011, though, there's a new engine in town, and the big question is whether or not the single-turbo N55 is better than the previous twin-turbo N54
or, at the very least, not
worse. Helping shed some light on the matter is the crew from Automobile Magazine
, who managed to snag a trio of various N54-powered 3-Series' - one of which was the hotted-up 2011 335is
, which uses a high-output version of the old N54 - along with one new model powered by an N55.
And the results? Well, it's pretty much more of the same: good peak horsepower (266 horses) and a nicely flat mid-heavy torque curve, cresting at a stout 302 pound-feet. But we'd be remiss if we didn't point out that the new N55, while seemingly offering less turbo lag
than its predecessor, appears to be a wee bit less powerful overall than the N54. Progress?
Gallery: Review: 2010 BMW 335i Sedan
[Source: Automobile Magazine
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