The Good A wide-screen LCD for the navigation system and Harman Kardon audio are highlights of the 2011 BMW 335is' cabin tech. The six-speed manual transmission has an excellent feel, and a dual-clutch transmission is available.
The Bad With no comfort setting, the ride quality is always sports car stiff. The navigation system is too talkative, and the filter-based iPod interface makes more sense in a computer than a car.
The Bottom Line The 2011 BMW 335is embodies BMW's unique handling character, making it an excellent sports car, but less comfortable for everyday use.
2011 BMW 335is
BMW's 335i model is no slouch when it comes to performance, but the company decided to step it up for the 2011 model year, offering a 335is model. The last model bearing the "is" appendage in the U.S. was the 325is, discontinued in 1995. The "s" in the model name stands for sport, something that seems oxymoronic when added to a BMW.
You might think of the 2011 BMW 335is as an intermediate step between the 335i and the, but you would be wrong. Although an excellent sports car, the 335is falls far short of the standard set by the M3. The 335is is more of a slightly tuned-up version of the standard 335i.