By James Bergeron

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2009 BMW 335i xDrive Sedan

Day 1:

2009 BMW 335i xDrive Sedan
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I want to say that spring is here, but I also really don’t want to jinx it. The weekend was filled with warm and inviting weather, where sunshine and dry roads await — I am itching for those warm-pavement days where there is sufficient grip to pull enough lateral g-forces to rub the numbers off the sides of the tires. Maybe spring isn’t quite here yet, but this week I do get the chance to drive something a little sporting — it seems like it has been too long.

The ability to accelerate from 0 to 100km/h in just 5.6 seconds makes this car enthusiast’s right foot tremble as it anticipates the power beneath it.

2009 BMW 335xi Sedan
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Powered by a 3.0-litre, twin-turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine, the BMW 335i xDrive boasts 300hp driven through a six-speed manual transmission as standard fare. It has been a while since I have driven a manual-equipped car, and I was starting to forget how fun can be.

The base MSRP of the 335i xDrive is $51,500, while my tester is optioned out with the Executive Package which, at $2,200, includes such features as: a heated steering wheel, alarm system, auto-dimming exterior mirrors, compass and park distance control. On top of this, the Sport Package, at $1,800, adds 18-inch alloy wheels, sport seats, and an anthracite roof liner. But it doesn’t end there, with the optional Audiophile sound package ($2,000) adding Sirius satellite radio and USB audio integration (including ipod connector).

Add on metallic paint for $800 and the total creeps up there, getting close to the $60,000 barrier.

2009 BMW 335i xDrive Sedan
MSRP as tested (including destination): $58,300

For more information on BMW and the 335i xDrive visit BMW Canada

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