There is nothing quite like a battle to the death. The kinda thing where its mano y mano. Two people are walking in but only one is stumbling out, probably covered in blood. For someone, it is light's out. And you know what they say, right? Second place is the first loser.
So, when I decided to put the 2011 BMW 335iS up against the 2010 Audi S5 I knew that this would be one of those epic stories. Not quite like the Odyssey, that was lame. This would be much more fun.
It reminds me a lot of Pumping Iron with the showdown between Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lou Ferrigno. Although you have two greats standing before you, only one can get the trophy.
Both cars are "limited" run models, both are good looking and both are quick. Let me make this clear. If anyone were to hand me the keys to either, I would be able to die a happy man. However, this is simply about the best.
In this corner we have the 2011 335iS. Harboring an inline six motor producing 320 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque, it has an exterior exhaust note that will make any enthusiast shiver with delight. It is a blend of a modern BMW with vintage Jaguar.
Paired up with a six-speed shift-it-yourself-you-wuss gearbox and boasting a rear-wheel drive drivetrain, the iS truly speaks to the driver.
Now, I know most of you must be wondering "What's all this mean, exactly?"
Here's how it boils down. The 2011 BMW 335iS is the better car, overall, at the end of the day, if you want something that's going to make you turn around every time you put it in the garage and lock 'er up.
With that said though don't get too excited because I personally don't think it's styling is going to win any awards anytime soon. No question this is the best E9x 3-Series yet -- from an exterior perspective -- because the tweaks do a lot to visually enhance the car.
But, then you get behind the steering wheel and it hits you. The interior is just cold. Case closed. Hopefully the next 3'er will take after its siblings, the F01 7-Series and F10 5-Series, and inherit more of a cockpit-like design.
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