AutoSpies Review: 2010 Audi S5 Vs. 2011 BMW 335iS, Can Audi Top BMW, Again?

by Tim Jones on August 31, 2010, 10:53 am
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.
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The Takeaway
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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1 responses to AutoSpies Review: 2010 Audi S5 Vs. 2011 BMW 335iS, Can Audi Top BMW, Again?

beden1 commented:
August 31, 2010, 11:25 am

Thanks for posting. I thought this was an interesting comment: "If the 335iS was offered in a sedan variant, I am 60/40 going for the Audi S4."

I have the '11 335is convertible and an '11 S4. Obviously two different niches, but, don't sell the S4 short by any means. I'm starting to realize that it does a lot of things extremely well. 335i sedan versus the S4, I would pick the S4 all day long without hesitation.

I'd really like to drive an M3 sedan to compare to the S4. I have found that the 335is convertible has more usuable power and seemingly better overall balance for driving on the streets than did the M3 convertible. I wonder if the same may be true between the M3 and the S4?

I'm not saying the M3 is not faster, but usuable power and handling where we drive mostly on the streets?