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2011 BMW 335is Convertible

Back in October I took a look at the 135is, the swan song for the E8x chassis. But the “is” package extended to the E92 335, as well. Indeed, since the two share a fair amount of architecture and a similar recipe, on paper it’s a bit strange that they were offered at the same time. But though the 335is and 135is looked similar, there were actually quite a few differences between the two packages.

For starters, though they were both turbocharged and rated at 320 horsepower, the 335is package retained the N54 motor to do so. I’ve never quite understood BMW’s logic on this one, but clearly there was something about the N54’s power delivery that they felt was superior to the N55 single-turbo retained in the 135is and all of the other E8x/E9ss. They reserved the higher-output N54s in late production for the 1M (335 horsepower), the Z4 sDrive35is (335 horsepower), and the 335is (320 horsepower). The N54B30TO also got a 7-second overboost of 40 lb.ft of torque on top of the 332 that was rated in this car as stock. As I described in the 135 post, the easiest identifier for these cars was the wheels, and on the 335is you got massive yet delicate Style 313 M Double Spoke wheels, 8″ in front and 9″ out back, with more aggressive offsets than the E8x got. Hunkered down on M Sport suspension, the 335is also got a unique M aerodynamic body kit, and the transmission was borrowed from the M3, along with additional cooling for the engine. They also carried a less restrictive exhaust system. Coupes went so hardcore that, like the 135i, they dropped the foglight option for additional brake and engine cooling. The convertible variant was apparently judged to be a little less track-ready, as so like today’s Crimson Red example, you could retain the foglights:

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Year: 2011
Model: 335is Convertible
VIN: WBADX1C55BE570041
Engine: 3.0 liter twin-turbocharged inline-6
Transmission: 7-speed dual-clutch
Mileage: 16,800 mi
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
Price: $35,000 Buy It Now

YEAR: 2011
MODEL: 335is
VIN: WBADX1C55BE570041
MILES: 16,787

This BMW comes with
– Two Key Fobs
– Owner’s manual and supplements
– Service Records
– Clean Indiana title
– Clean Carfax Vehicle History Report

Tires: Michelin Pilot Sport 4S all seasons
Front Date: 2022
Front Tread: 7mm
Rear Date: 2022
Rear Tread: 7mm


Original Specifications:

BASE MSRP – $59,650.00
[2TC] 7 Speed Double Clutch Automatic Transmission – $450
[A61] Crimson Red – $0
[LCGE] Cream Beige, Dakota Leather Seat Trim – $0
[ZPP] Premium PKG – $1,650
inc: universal garage door opener
auto-dimming pwr folding exterior mirrors
auto-dimming rearview mirror w/compass
front seats w/4-way pwr lumbar
BMW Assist w/4-year subscription
Bluetooth interface
[ZCW] Cold Weather PKG – $750
inc: heated front seats
through-load w/cargo bag
headlight washers
[ZCV] Convenience PKG – $1,250
inc: anti-theft alarm system
comfort access keyless entry
park distance control
[2B6] 19″ X 8.0″ Front & 19″ X 9.0″ Rear Double Spoke Light Alloy Wheels (Style313) – $1,000
inc: P225/35R19 front & P255/30R19 rear run-flat performance tires
[688] Harman Kardon Surround Sound – $875
inc: iPod & USB adapter
[655] Satellite Radio – $350
inc: (1) year subscription
[6FL] Ipod & Usb Adapter – $400
[494] Heated Front Seats – $500
[322] Comfort Access Keyless Entry – included
[302] Anti Theft Alarm System – $400
[609] Hard Drive Based Navigation System – $2,100
inc: 16:9 high-resolution display
3-D screen
voice command system
real time traffic info
iDrive system w/on-board computer
6 programmable memory buttons
12 GB media storage
[4UT] Through Load W/Cargo Bag – included
[639] BMW Assist – $750
inc: auto collision notification
Assist & SOS buttons
Bluetooth interface
roadside assistance
stolen vehicle recovery
concierge & customer services
[508] Park Distance Control – included
Original Shipping Charge – $875

ORIGINAL PRICE – $71,000.00

The 335 “is” package was introduced for the 2011 model year 3 Series and bridged the gap between the 335i and the M3. Upgrades included standard sports seats, an M Sport steering wheel, textured aluminum trim, an M Sport suspension package, and revised engine tuning for more power including a seven-second overboost of up to 370 lb-ft of torque. Power comes from an 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6, rated at 320 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque. Most important and exclusive to the “is”, an optional dual-clutch gearbox was offered as opposed to the torque-converter automatic found in the standard 335i. This 335is is well optioned and has been meticulously cared for since new.

Originally delivered by Global Imports BMW in Atlanta in March 2011 to its first owner who resided in Rome, GA. Vehicle saw routine maintenance performed at Global Imports BWM and remained in GA under the first owners possession until it was traded in to the most recent selling dealer and sold through Cars and Bids auction site in August 2022 with 15,719 miles. Vehicle was shipped to Indianapolis and has been driven just over a thousand miles since.

Upon taking delivery, the second and current owner wanted to ensure all services were up to date and had Owen at Gator Motorsport perform the following:
install new Michelin Pilots Sport 4S all season tires
brake flush
coolant flush
four wheel alignment
power steering flush
full inspection
engine air and cabin filters
new spark plugs

To modernize the 335is further, Apple CarPlay MMI with back up camera ($1,033) was installed along with a Valentine One mirror tap hardwire ($190.81). Both items remain in the vehicle.

Service History:

10/25/2012 – Global Imports BMW – 9,879 miles – $226.62
– Oil and filter change
– Change micro filters
– Brake fluid flush
– Balance tires
– Alignment

02/10/2014 – Global Imports BMW – 10,595 miles – $173.79
– Recall for battery cable
– 4 wheel alignment
– Oil and filter change
– Fill windshield washer reservoir
– Replaced wiper blades

04/15/2014 – Global Imports BMW – 12,800 miles – $0
– LR tire had puncture / replaced under wheel and tire warranty

03/02/2016 – Global Imports BMW – 14,162 miles – $1,566.90
– Replaced key batteries
– Replaced rr tire
– Full inspection
– Oil and filter change
– Changed microfilter
– Brake fluid flush
– Alignment
– Coolant flush
– Power steering flush

01/22/2019 – 15,279 miles – $77.10
– Oil and filter change

07/15/22 – The Porsche Specialists – 15,718 miles – $908.92
– Replaced camshaft position sensor and o-ring
– Replaced ABS speed sensor rear

09/01/2022 – Belle Tire – 15,474 miles – $1,609.21
– Install four new tires
– MIchelin Pilot Sport A/S 4

09/08/2022 – Gator Motorsport – 15,799 miles – $2,508.95
– Post purchase inspection
– Replace door lock actuators (left and right)
– Perform BMW Inspection 2 – oil and filter, engine and cabin air filter, new spark plugs
– Install Bimmer-Tech MMI CarPlay unit and OE backup camera

09/30/2022 – Belle Tire – 16,017 miles
– Free alignment

12/19/2022 – Gator Motorsport – 16,766 miles – $144.86
– Check possible codes / none present
– Check TPMS / no issues
– Install Valentine mirror tab hardwire kit

02/09/2022 – MOTORVAULT
– Detail in preparation for sale

The 335is has an impressive presence that somehow manages to be both more aggressive and classier than the contemporary M3 at the same time. It just looks right; much like the ZHP Package on the E46 came together well, I really find these E92/E93 is models to be head-turners. This one certainly is in the red/beige color combination, and it was also ordered with all the niceties of the Premium, Cold Weather, and Convenience packages. Mileage is super low, condition is top – and so is the asking price, but that in some part is understandable given the limited nature of production on these and how it sits today. It’s not a race car or even a track car, but if you want a quick convertible without the hard-edge nature of the M3, this is about as good as it gets from the early 2010s, and these cars are far more rare than people know. I think they’ll be a sure bet for a future collector.



  1. Arun
    Arun March 13, 2023

    That’s a lot of $$….I can’t recall if the vert came with the manual but if this were a manual car, then maybe I see the price being justified…

  2. Carter
    Carter March 13, 2023

    @Arun you could get a manual, but they are quite hard to find.

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