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BMW 335 Model Years

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First launched in 1967 and now in its sixth generation, the 3 Series is BMW's best-selling line. And for good reason: It has set performance standards in the premium compact segment for decades.

The 335 debuted in 2007 to replace the previous year's 330 model, and offered a 3-liter twin-turbocharged 6-cylinder engine with direct fuel injection. In this year's model, the silky inline motor generates a healthy 300 horsepower.

BMW 335 Generations

2012 - 2014 BMW 335

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The current 335 debuted last year with updated styling and revised steering and suspension systems. BMW now offers three distinct interior treatments: luxury, sport, and modern. Motivation comes from a turbocharged 3-liter inline six rated at 300 horsepower. Coupe and convertible versions can get a twin-turbo version with 20 extra horsepower. Although it faces increased competition, the 335 remains a benchmark of performance and refinement in the compact luxury field.

See Year: 2012 - 2013 - 2014

2010 - 2011 BMW 335

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In 2014, the 3 Series joins the 5 Series in offering a Gran Turismo variant, which placed a liftback on the back end of the 3 Series sedan. This liftback design not only gives the model a unique look, but it also adds 5.4 cubic feet to its cargo capacity, giving it 18.4 cubic feet with all of the seats in place. The range-topping 335i Gran Turismo comes standard with a TwinPower Turbo 3-liter inline six-cylinder engine that produces 300 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. The engine mates to an eight-speed auto transmission and an xDrive all-wheel drive system.

See Year: 2010 - 2011

2006 - 2009 BMW 335

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While coupes and convertibles continued for one more year in previous form, sedans and wagons led the way with new styling and suspension dynamics. The 3 Series grew again in all dimensions, but gained only 100 pounds. Critics praised its improved performance, although they were less impressed by the styling. The 330 now boasted 255 horsepower from its 3-liter six-cylinder, but that engine lasted only a year. It was replaced starting in 2007 with a twin-turbo version producing 300 horsepower, and the car itself became known as the 335.

See Year: 2007 - 2008 - 2009

1999 - 2005 BMW 335

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Building on the success of its predecessor, the 3 Series received an evolutionary makeover with more rounded styling and a stiffer chassis. In usual fashion, sedans arrived first, followed by coupes, convertibles and -- for the first time in the U.S. -- a wagon. Though still compact, all models grew a bit, and four-cylinder engines were abandoned. By 2001, the top mill was a 3-liter six with 225 horsepower; models so equipped wore the designation 330. This installment of the 3 Series was considered a worthy successor to the celebrated 1992-1998 model.

1992 - 1998 BMW 335

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Sporting vastly improved aerodynamics and performance, the 1992 3 Series set a new standard of accomplishment in compact BMWs. First-year models were all sedans, followed by coupes in 1993 and convertibles in 1994. The 325 carried a 189-horsepower inline six-cylinder, which gave it acceleration on par with some sports cars of the time. Although four-cylinder models were still offered, the V6 blended far better with the car's newfound character. This generation is remembered fondly by BMW enthusiasts as a breakthrough product for the brand.

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