The 3.0-liter diesel is hooked to a six-speed automatic transmission. Automatic is currently the only gearbox option available, as a factory manual 'box reportedly will not hold up to the engine's massive torque. Ours is equipped with a sport steering wheel, also part of the Sport Pack, which is fitted with gearshift paddles that let you row through the cogs yourself. Selection isn't as swift or crisp as a twin-clutch manual setup like the DCT available on the M3, but good enough to impart a decent degree of DIY satisfaction.
All things considered, this could actually be the most well-rounded BMW I've ever driven, and we're pretty stoked to have it as part of the long-term fleet. If you are looking to increase your fuel efficiency without having to sacrifice a sporting drive, or if you're even just a little bit curious about clean-diesel Euro technology, you have to get behind the wheel of a 335d. Jump in your current ride, drive down to your local BMW dealer, and ask for a test drive. I command it.
2009 BMW 335d
Longitudinal front engine, rear-wheel drive
3.0-liter I6, dohc, 24-valve, turbocharged and intercooled
When it comes to torque, the 335d rubs shoulders with (and steps on the toes of) some fairly monster company.
When it comes to torque, the 335d rubs shoulders with (and steps on the toes of) some fair
Peak Power: 282 hp @ 4400 rpm
Peak Torque: 428 lb-ft @1750 rpm
0-60 mph: 5.9 sec.
Top Speed: 155 mph
Fuel Economy (EPA est.): 23 city/ 36 hwy
*Base Price: $43,900
*Price as Equipped: $54,245
Destination Charge: $825
*Options: Space Gray Metallic paint: $550; Black Dakota Leather: $1,450; Sport Package (18-inch wheels w/performance tires, sport steering wheel w/paddles, sport seats, sport suspension, Shadowline trim): $2,150; Comfort Access system: $500; fold-down rear seats: $475; heated front seats: $500; Park Distance Control: $700; iPod and USB adapter: $400; navigation system: $2,100; satellite radio: $595
At A Glance
+ Incredible turbo diesel engine, signature BMW handling
-- Run-flat tires make for an overly bumpy ride Total mileage: 3,949 Fuel economy: 28.3 mpg