BMW 3 Series Convertible 335i Cabriolet Review
A good reason to get your "Oberseite weg"

Text and Photos by Amery Reuben
30 Jun 2007

This is BMW's absolute best. It is a convertible, yet it performs, and doesn't fare too bad in the corners either. This season, the E92 will be the one to contend with. Short of a Z4M Roadster, this might just be more spacious, and a not-so-compromising alternative.

First, you get electrically operated seats (driver memory included) wrapped in reflective leathers to keep the seats up to 30 degrees cooler than conventional leather when subjected to sunlight.

Our test car was loaded with other options. Climate control, Park Assist, Run-flat Indicators, rain and light sensors, fog lamps, adaptive Xenon headlights that illuminate the corners you are about to dive into, cruise control, paddle shifters and GPS navigation are just some of them.

This is BMW’s first venture into the hard top convertible arena. It takes 22 seconds to open the top and 23 to close it, which pretty much outclasses most of its rivals.

Kudos to BMW for making the entire rear end look different from that of the conventional 3 series, a smart move. It might look different, but it still is smartly finished to blend in with the BMW pedigree.

Such is the problem then, for those who want a loud, flashy thing to drive through town with.

The 335i convertible is not.

This car isn’t going to draw much stares with the top on, and the only way you are going to get noticed is if you blast by Orchard Road with Beethoven playing loudly on the stereo.

Understated then, is the calling of the BMW. It was made for the inner maniac in you who wants to appear normal, in all senses of the word.

With the 335i convertible, you almost fit into the crowd in traffic, and when you feel like it, you can unleash a horrible torrent of 300 odd horses onto the tarmac, shocking the world right out of traffic’s monotony.

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Engine Capacity 2979cc Turbocharged
Engine Type Inline 6
Bore x Stroke (89.6 x 84)mm
Power 306bhp @ 5800rpm
Torque 400Nm @ 5000rpm
Power to Weight 169.1 bhp per ton


Acceleration 5.8s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 250 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 11.4 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 6 -speed Auto Tiptronic
Drive Type FR


Body Type Cabriolet
(L x W x H)
(4612 x 1782 x 1384) mm
Wheelbase 2760 mm
Kerb Weight 1810 kg
Boot Capacity 430 L
Fuel Tank Capacity 63 L