Competition was fierce in this category. The facelifted Mercedes-Benz E350 continues to endure as a smooth riding long distance cruiser with reasonable handling ability when the need arises but falls slightly short as a true sports car.
The BMW 435i however is a hoon in a tuxedo. Underneath the sedate exterior is a performance machine that would keep up with the best of them. While the N55 twin scroll turbo powerplant was a little too nutty for most in the Z4, it was a perfect fit in the new beemer with near 50:50 distribution. One of the most enjoyable drives we’ve had this year.
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