I owe BMW an apology. I was supposed to be reviewing a special edition Mini Cooper, but due to a last minute snafu, I received a phone call that the Mini would not be available, but would it be ok if I had a 335i convertible in its place. I accepted, and wondered if I should get a booking at the local tanning salon and start hanging out at Starbucks. I should have know better.
The BMW arrived at my door, and she practically begged “Hey, don’t you want to take a ride with me?” No mistake, the 3-series convertible is drop dead sexy while maintaining a level of class and sophistication BMW’s current design language has mastered.
Within minutes of driving the 3, you are instantly reminded that BMW is the sole architect of the entry level luxe sport coupe as we know it. This is a car that simply cannot be faulted. Take her on the wicked winding streets of wherever you are, and Ã‚Â and you know where she is at all, all the time-the steering and suspension are constantly talking to you. The magic of the 335i is in its powerplant-a 3.0 liter turbocharged six cylinder cranking out 300hp. Mated to the six speed manual our test car was equipped with, the 3 was sinfully joyful to push hard, kick and slide through corners.
It should come as no surprise the fun comes at a premium. As equipped, our 335i stickers at $61,275USD. Granted, BMW gave us a heavily optioned car, but even with two college grads sitting in the car, syncing an iPod was a struggle, and there is simply no excuse for that. The 335i convertible is not about practicality. For a sexy four seater drop top with the performance chops to back up the looks, the BMW 335i is in a class of its own.