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BMW 335i M Sport Touring

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New pinnacle for 3 Series Touring
The BMW 335i Touring represents a new pinnacle for the 3 Series Touring range. Never before has BMW produced such a powerful, yet economical, compact estate car capable of carrying five adults and all their luggage. Its introduction into the 3 Series Touring range at the same time as a twin-turbo diesel powered model completes a line-up that stretches from 2.0-litre petrol and diesel entry-level cars all the way to the two twin-turbocharged flagship variants offering the widest range of possible choice for the customer.

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Drivetrain
Powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre engine developing 306hp, the 335i Touring is the fastest-ever 3 Series estate BMW has produced. It accelerates from zero to 100km/h in 5.7 seconds before going on to an electronically-limited top speed of 250kmh. Such rapid progress is made possible thanks to two turbochargers each supplying compressed air to three cylinders in the straight-six cylinder 2,979cc engine.

Unlike some competitor powerplants that use a single large turbocharger to power a petrol engine, the 335i Touring uses two smaller units to ensure a faster reaction to throttle inputs. Because they ‘spool’ up more quickly, the affects of turbo lag are negated. The instant performance of the straight-six cylinder engine means the car is capable of swift in-gear acceleration with 400Nm of torque available from 1,300 to 5,000rpm making for effortless, smooth driving.

Aiding the 335i Touring’s performance, but also benefiting economy, is BMW’s all-new High-Precision Direct Injection system. Piezo injectors are centrally located in the combustion chamber between the inlet and exhaust valves to deliver atomised fuel in a conical burst into the chamber. The result is a smooth, efficient burn with only the exact amount of required fuel mix being delivered into the combustion chamber on each cycle. This method of injection also serves to aid combustion chamber cooling, thus offering a higher compression ratio and improved fuel economy.

The engine in the 335i Touring comes with BMW’s innovative Bi- VANOS system for optimum engine efficiency that further benefits performance and economy. Bi-VANOS determines when the intake and outlet valves open so that only the exact amount of fuel mixture passes into the combustion chamber. The aluminium 3.0-litre engine also uses an electrically-powered water pump that, without the power drained from a conventional crankshaft driven unit, is 90 per cent more efficient than a mechanical pump, further aiding economy.

Power in the 335i Touring is transferred to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox as standard. Customers can specify an all-new six-speed automatic gearbox with steering wheel-mounted paddles for gear selection.

Chassis
Like all other BMW products, the new 335i Touring has near-perfect 50:50 weight distribution and comes with a front engine and rear-wheel-drive set-up to deliver an unsurpassed driving experience in its segment. It achieves this by using a double-joint tie bar aluminium front axle to deliver a rewarding combination of agile steering and good ride. At the rear, a five-link rear axle is constructed from high-grade, lightweight steel for strength but retains high levels of elastokinematic flexibility to iron out road imperfections. Many suspension components are manufactured from aluminium to reduce the car’s unsprung masses and further improve ride quality.

The 335i Touring uses a traditional rack and pinion steering set up as standard, providing the highest levels of feedback and accuracy. Customers can opt for BMW’s innovative Active Steering system. Active Steering varies the steering ratio in relation to vehicle speed by adding driver input to assist in slow speed manoeuvres such as parking, or reducing it to contribute to high-speed stability.


 

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