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BMW 335is (photos)

At the 2010 New York auto show, BMW brought back the "is" edition of the 3-series with the 335is. A tuned version of the standard 335i, the 335is has more power and unique cosmetic features.

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BMW attached the letter S to its 3-series cars since 1977, later adding a 5-series model. Designating sport, these models featured additions such as sport suspensions and seats. For the 2011 model year, the S returns to the 335i, designating a more powerful version of the 3-series.
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In coupe form, the 335is is a very good-looking car, showing a smooth silhouette. The 335is gets a black grille and black door sills, contrasting well with the red model on display in New York.
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These M package wheels also come with the 335is. BMW didn't upgrade the brakes, however, reasoning that the standard 3-series brakes are already very powerful.
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The 335is comes standard with a sport suspension, giving it a stiffer ride for better cornering. Accents include the black dual-exhaust tips.
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Although it uses the same twin turbo 3-liter straight six-cylinder engine as in the 2011 335i, the 335is gets tuned up for an extra 20 horsepower output.
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Being a 3-series, all of BMW's cabin tech is available, including the latest navigation system, Bluetooth phone support, and iPod integration.
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This model has the optional seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, an automated manual that lets you shift without pressing a clutch pedal.

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