By James Bergeron

Day 1:

2007 BMW 335i Coupé
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Hopefully today was the last day I’ll have to scrape my windshield for a good while. The weather outlook for Thursday is 16 degrees and even better for the weekend. In other words, perfect driving weather to put some miles on the ultimate driving machine: the new BMW 335i Coupé.

Straying from BMW’s tradition of naturally aspirated inline six cylinder engines, the new 335i is powered by a biturbo, double overhead cam 3.0Litre inline six cylinder, which produces a walloping 300 lb-ft of torque at a measly 1400rpm and an equal amount of horsepower at 5800rpm. This makes the 335i the talk of the town and an absolute performance bargain in BMW’s lineup.

2007 BMW 335i Coupé
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The 335i Coupé comes pretty well loaded and starts at a reasonable $51,000, and once you see the extremely long list of standard features available — not to mention the quite capable drive train — you’ll understand how I can say that it’s reasonably priced.

Standard features are too many to list but a few notables include adaptive headlights and taillights, bi-Xenon headlights (low and high-beam), Dual-Zone climate control, eight-way power adjustable front seats, electrically adjustable glass sunroof, side thorax airbags and advanced head protection system, traction control and stability control, 10-speaker sound system including two subwoofers and, of course, an auxiliary input.

My test model includes the sport package ($2000) which includes 18″ star spoke alloy wheels, performance run flat tires and sport seats. This car also has a few stand alone options: dakota leather, which adds $ 2,400, metallic paint ($800) and burled walnut wood trim at no charge extra.

All of these extras bring the grand total, before taxes, to $56,800. When compared to the price of a base ’06 M3, which offers similar performance, it becomes clear why this vehicle has become big news from the company known for the blue-and-white roundel.

2007 BMW 335i Coupé
MSRP as tested: $56,800

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