The natural comparison point to the 135is Convertible I just looked at is, of course, the same year 335is. 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. The reserved the higher-output N54s in late production for the 1M (335 horsepower), the Z4 sDrive3.5is (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 135i 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″ in rear, 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 carried a less restrictive exhaust system. Coupes went so hardcore that, like the 135i, they dropped the foglight option. The convertible variant was apparently judged to be a little less track-ready, as so like today’s Le Mans Blue Metallic example, you could retain the foglights:
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2013 BMW 335is Convertible at Carmax
Model: 335is Convertible
Engine: 3.0 liter twin turbocharged inline-6
Transmission: 7-speed dual-clutch automatic
Mileage: 45,000 mi
Price: Not Listed
New Pair of Tires
Replaced 2 tires to meet our standards
Harman Kardon Sound
In 2012, these top-of-the-line 335is Convertibles stickered at $59,000 without any options, and though that sounds like a lot it was still roughly $10,000 less than the M3. The Le Mans Blue Metallic (381) paint here is matched beautifully by the Saddle Brown Dakota leather (LCD3). This car was loaded to the hilt with just about every option, too, on top of the 335is options – the dual-clutch DCT, comfort access, auto-dim mirrors, electric heated sport seats, headlight cleaning, park distance control, rain sensing wipers, Xenon adaptive lights, automatic climate control, automatic cruise control, LED tail/running lights, Harman Kardon, USB audio and smartphone integration, and navigation. The 335is package of course included S704A M Sports suspension, S715A M Aerodynamics package and in this case the
S7XAA M Leather multi-function paddle shift wheel.
Condition appears to be very good with only a few wear items notable. The main advantage of going with Carmax is, of course, the warranty offered by them. Although the price isn’t listed on this particular example, Carmax has a few others listed in the mid-20s. That’s a lot more than the 135is from yesterday, but if you’re out for attention, this 335is is a lot more striking.