When you think BMW, what is the first car that comes to mind? It might be the flagship 7-Series or the stylish Z4. If you immediately thought of the 3-Series that wouldn’t surprise us either. The 3-Series accounted for nearly 40 percent of the automaker’s vehicle sales in 2005. The 2011 BMW 3-Series promises to perform in a similar fashion, especially with the performance upgrades to the 335i.

Our partners over at TheCarConnection.com got a sneak preview of the all-new 2011 BMW 335i at the renowned Estoril racing circuit in Portugal. From what we hear the new 335i is pretty impressive with 320 hp and 332 pound-feet of torque. That is up some 20 horsepower from the 2010 model, but the fun doesn’t stop there. The 2011 BMW 335i is also supposed to be the first American model to be equipped with the ultra-quick Double Clutch Transmission (DCT).

2011 BMW 335is Coupe

2011 BMW 335is Coupe

If those upgrades don’t get you excited, then maybe the 5.0-second 0-60 time or improved engine management with an overboost feature will. Speaking of the boost, the overboost feature is pretty impressive and allows drivers to gain an additional boost for up to 7 seconds at full throttle. We can think of a lot of uses for that—all completely legal of course. The downside is that the price is also set to go up to $50,525.

Bottom line—BMW is continuing to build cars that inspire the passion of performance through driving excellence. So if you are in the market for a driver’s machine, then be sure to stay tuned for the official debut of the new 2011 BMW 335i at the New York International Auto Show later this year.

 

For all the details on the new 2011 BMW 335i cruise on over to TheCarConnection.com where Bengt Halvorson can fill you in.