As you know already, I sold an 03 M3 and purchased my new SLK 55 to replace it. Well, today was the Komen Ultimate Drive For The Cure at my local BMW dealer, and they actually had the new 3 series retractable hard top. I passed on driving the 328 and went straight to the twin turbo 335 convertible.
Initial impressions, this car is FAST, as fast as my old M3 (at least seat of the pants.) It is also very, very refined. The six speed auto is perhaps the best slush box on the planet, it shifts very quick (yes quicker than our 7 speed guys) when you pull the paddle towards you. Unfortunately, BMW has abandoned the Pull Right for Up and Pull Left for Down, now you pull either paddle and it upshifts, and you push either paddle to down shift. Just plain stupid in my opinion.
So anyway, I price one out with the options I would want and see it is going to be around $56,000, a few grand less than what I paid for my 06 leftover SLK. I am now feeling quite depressed. Then I get back into the Beast and let that V8 do its thing. OK, since this is not my daily driver, I have to say as a toy the 55 makes me forget all about that portly little 4 seater. If I want a practical car that gets good gas mileage, I have my TL to drive.
As an all around package though, the 335 Convertible is a damn nice car, but it just does not get the blood boiling. It is, if this is possible, too refined. Besides, the 55 is just too damn cool looking, and the look on peoples faces when you blast past them at 5000+ RPM is priceless, assuming you can catch a glimpse