In the early days of the BMW 3 Series, an unfortunate decision was made to include weak four-cylinder engines within the lineup. Since then, it seems that there’s been some overcompensating going on to eradicate that horrible memory from the pages of history. To that end, the 2007 BMW 3 Series Coupe is available with two mighty powerplants. The 335i, replacing 2006’s 225-horsepower 330ci, houses a twin-turbocharged, 3.0-liter, inline six-cylinder engine generating 300 horsepower and availing 300 lb.-ft. of torque at only 1,400 rpm. BMW, claims a 0-60 mph time of 5.3 seconds and an electronically-limited top speed of 150 mph. For buyers requiring all the style with a bit less power, a 230-horsepower 328i model will be available for 2007, filling the role formerly occupied by 2006’s 184-horsepower 325ci. In addition to the impressive horsepower, the 328i provides 200 lb.-ft. of torque and reaches 60 mph in a brisk 6.2 seconds.
Both 2007 BMW 3 Series Coupe models come standard with a six-speed manual transmission that pushes power to the rear wheels. A six-speed Steptronic automatic is available across the line, but BMW’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system can be ordered only with the 328i. When equipped with an optional sport package, the 335i features paddle shifters on the steering wheel. Other technical and mechanical bits for the 2007 BMW 3 Series Coupe buyer include a double-pivot front and five-link rear suspension; larger disc brakes; Active Steering for increased response at higher speeds; Dynamic Stability Control that can be completely deactivated; run-flat tires; dual-stage LED brake lights; and a host of braking features offering an extra level of protection for emergency situations.