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Old 01-02-2012, 11:16 AM
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Originally Posted by hpowders View Post
But, I'm sure the next generation 335i, assuming there is one, will re-establish the significant 0-60 mph differential between it and the F30. If it doesn't, who needs the 335i?

The F30 is only 0.3 seconds slower than the current 335i: a fine reason for BMW saying sayonara once and for all to a new 335i.
The 335i is really the first non-///M 3-Series model that substantially widened the power/acceleration gap in the lineup. Prior to that the 325i/330i, 323i/328i, etc. were usually no more than a second apart either in the 0-60 race.

Given that, the N20 328i closes the gap somewhat but I fail to see how it makes the 335i irrelevant in any way. There is still lots of headroom in the N55 powertrain and it's very likely power will be increased by 20 hp or more in the near future. Others have also already pointed out that real-world 5-60 times, passing times and acceleration at higher speeds are dramatically different - the stock N55 still has a 60 hp advantage. Plus there's the sound and feel of the inline-6 that many people still want in a higher spec trim level than the 328i.
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